Next Manchester United manager already has a problem

For most teams, deadline day is defined by the players who arrive at the club, but for Manchester United this year, it was more about those who remained as yellow ties were being loosened by reporters across the country.

As expected, United ended the January window without any new faces to flaunt on social media, instead focusing on trimming their bloated squad by allowing out-of-favour players the chance to leave.

Well, some out-of-favour players, anyway.

Jesse Lingard and Dean Henderson are both on the periphery at Old Trafford and both wanted to leave last month to get regular playing time as they eye a World Cup call-up at the end of the calendar year.

Both were England internationals last season, but both have fallen down the pecking order since.

Lingard, 29, is out of contract in June, and has not started in the Premier League for United since New Year’s Day in 2020. He has only started twice all season and expressed a desire to leave in January.