Six Man United players who could leave in January as Solskjaer ships out unhappy stars

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been clinging on to his job in recent weeks after overseeing a dismal run of form.

The Red Devils were thumped 5-0 by Liverpool last month as they suffered a four-game winless streak in the Premier League.

Solskjaer put an end to that run last Saturday as United defeated Tottenham 3-0 in north London.

And Solskjaer was then indebted to Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday night as the Portugal international struck a stoppage-time equaliser as United drew 2-2 with Atalanta in the Champions League.

The Norwegian boss will be hungry to build on those two results and lead his side to an upturn in fortunes in the coming weeks to ensure he remains at the helm.

And if he can keep his job, his thoughts will soon be turning to the January transfer window.

United’s large squad means there are a string of players who aren’t getting as many first-team opportunities as they would like at Old Trafford. Idusport looks at six players who could depart the club in January.

Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial has fallen well down the pecking order in the north west following the arrival of Ronaldo in the summer.

The France international has started just one game in all competitions since Ronaldo’s return.

Martial has been linked with Newcastle after they were taken over last month and a move to St James’ Park could be a good option for the forward.

The 25-year-old is clearly a talented player and he will not want to warm the United bench for too much longer.

Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard looked set for his big chance at Old Trafford after his stellar form for West Ham during a loan spell last season.

The 28-year-old hit nine goals and five assists during 16 games for the Hammers.

But the winger has yet to start a game in the Premier League or Europe this campaign and has barely featured from the bench either.

He was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad this week and will surely push for a move away from the club at the turn of the year.

Donny van de Beek

The story of Donny van de Beek is a quite bizarre one. After being signed from Ajax for £40million last year, big things were expected from the midfielder.

But he was hardly given a chance last term and his United career has taken a turn for the worse this time around, with Solskjaer giving the player just six minutes of Premier League football.

Van de Beek changed his agent recently after a botched move to Everton in the summer and is likely to put an end to his Old Trafford misery in the New Year.

Phil Jones

Phil Jones hasn’t appeared for the Man Utd first-team for nearly two years and his career at the club looks to be over.

The defender has endured a succession of injuries and was even told he should exit the Red Devils in the summer by United hero Rio Ferdinand.

Jones is still only 29 years old and, if he can get back to fitness, he could be a viable option for a team in the lower reaches of the Premier League.


Amad has only just returned from injury after sustaining an injury in the summer.

The 19-year-old has been described as a wonderkid but has only played eight times since signing for the Red Devils in January.

Solskjaer was apparently toying with the idea of sending the winger out on loan but the manager may look to cash in on the youngster if he hasn’t shown the potential the Man Utd boss expected when he signed.

Diogo Dalot

Diogo Dalot is United’s second-choice right-back but isn’t getting a look in due to the emergence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at AC Milan and the San Siro side were reportedly keen to take him back at the beginning of this season.

If he can’t force his way into Solskjaer’s thinking, Dalot could be another player who could make his Old Trafford exit in the early part of next year.

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