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Erik ten Hag ready to axe six first-team Man United players in the summer, including the club captain

Manchester United are already preparing for the next phase of their squad rebuild under Erik ten Hag.

The Mirror reports that Harry Maguire, Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay, Alex Telles, Eric Bailly and Donny van de Beek will be shown the exit door next summer.

This will free up space in the squad for significant new arrivals. United are looking to sign a marquee centre-midfielder and a striker in the next transfer window.

The Red Devils lack quality depth in their squad, which was recently exposed again when Christian Eriksen got injured.

Selling fringe players will help the club to recoup some funds and boost Ten Hag’s transfer kitty.

Erik ten Hag should have a central role in Manchester United’s transfer strategy

Since the Dutchman’s arrival, it has been clear that he demands a commanding voice when it comes to the transfer business.

In his first summer window with United, he signed players who he knew well from his time at the Amsterdam.

He remained adamant about signing Antony from Ajax, forcing the club to splash out a massive £86 million fee.

It is for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement that United have a manager who wants the team to play attractive and attacking football.

Not all players in the squad Ten Hag inherited from Ralf Ragnick are a perfect fit for his style of play.

On that basis, it is not a surprise to see the manager drawing a summer plan which includes selling six players. 

Harry Maguire’s lack of mobility and speed obstructs the team from playing with a high defensive line.

Scott McTominay is neither a dependable number six nor a creative attacking midfielder. At best, he is a squad player at Old Trafford.

According to the Mirror, West Ham United, Everton, Fulham and Aston Villa are interested in signing the 26-year-old. Getting a decent transfer fee for McTominay would be smart business from United’s perspective.

Martial has missed most of the season due to injuries, making him an unreliable player up top. 

United have already moved on from Alex Telles and Eric Bailly, with both players spending this season on loan elsewhere.