Manchester United have made progress under manager Erik ten Hag after their summer spending spree and they are currently three points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League with a game in hand.
Football director John Murtough has already hinted that United could have a quiet January transfer window after the £209 million outlay but in our view, the club must spend this winter to boost their Champions League prospects.
For this to happen, the hierarchy may want to recoup funds from offloading outcasts. Here are three United players that must be shown the exit door when the transfer window reopens.
Ten Hag was eager to pursue a new right-back over the summer but the plan was left unfulfilled as Murtough decided to keep Wan-Bissaka. The decision has not proved worthwhile with the 24-year-old managing just four minutes of competitive football.
Diogo Dalot has been an undisputed starter from the right-back position this term and is the only outfield player, who has started each of United’s 19 games. If Ten Hag is eyeing a new right-back this winter, it may once again depend on Wan-Bissaka’s exit.
Donny van de Beek
The Dutchman spent the back end of last season on loan at Everton where he was largely injury-plagued. His fortunes have not improved this term despite the fact that he has reunited with Ten Hag, who knows him very well from their days together at Ajax.
After playing just 30 minutes over four appearances, Van de Beek was recently handed starts against Real Sociedad and Aston Villa where he was the worst player on the field. His lack of confidence was alarming. It could be time for United to consider his future.
Pellistri’s time at United has been a mystery. The youngster came with a glowing reputation from Penarol but is still waiting to make his competitive debut for the club. That could happen in the Carabao Cup tomorrow but he looks very likely to leave January.
The 20-year-old has been left frustrated by his situation at Old Trafford and is ‘determined‘ leave on a permanent basis. United also share a similar view on him. A strong World Cup display with Uruguay should enhance his reputation and price tag.
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