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Gary Neville Names The Three Attackers Who Need To Leave Manchester United This Summer

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Gary Neville Names The Three Attackers Who Need To Leave Manchester United This Summer

Gary Neville has named the three attacking players who he predicts Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will look to move on in the summer.

Neville believes that Jadon Sancho will finally arrive from Borussia Dortmund in the next transfer window, but that neither Harry Kane nor Erling Haaland will be calling Old Trafford home next season.

Nonetheless, the ex-Man United defender picked three attacking players who arguably need to move on - while specifying Donny van de Beek is not one of them, as Neville believes he deserves more time.

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"I think Juan Mata - who has done fantastically well for the club - will leave," Neville told Sky Sports, per the Metro. "I think if they can get good money for Daniel James, maybe he could go somewhere else.

"There's a feeling that Jesse Lingard - he's done really well at West Ham - but I think Ole will say no, go elsewhere and we'll get money for Jesse Lingard."

So Mata, James and Lingard could be players to exit, but Neville doesn't believe the club need three attacking options to replace them. Not with Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani already at the club - and Sancho a likely addition.

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"If you look at the policy over the last couple of years at Manchester United, under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I don't think they will sign another striker," said Neville.

"I haven't got the contacts on the inside I used to have so that's my assumption because they've been desperate for Sancho.

'You look at Manchester United's recruitment last summer and they didn't get Sancho, they were criticised for that. But it could be incredibly smart if they get him this year at half the price and they've waited 12 months."

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However Neville backed Dutch midfielder Van de Beek to get a second chance next season, despite his several lack of first-team opportunities this term.

"Van de Beek has got to stay, I think. He's just got to, in my opinion,' he said. "Then Rashford, Fernandes, Greenwood, Pogba, Martial and Van de Beek and then you've got Cavani at the top.

"If Manchester United were to sign a Harry Kane and a Sancho, for example, will Cavani play? Will Greenwood emerge? Will he have the growth that Manchester United will want for him. Where will that leave Rashford?

"Where does Pogba fit in if you want to play two defensive midfielders like Ole does with Fernandes in front. Fernandes is guaranteed.

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"I'm looking at it now and I think Sancho comes in and I think you've got Sancho that will play on that right-hand side. You've got the back-up of Greenwood on that side.

"Up front you've got Cavani and Greenwood, they'll want Greenwood to come through because I think he's outstanding. On the left you've got Rashford and Martial and then you've got Pogba potentially can fit in there if he's not in midfield.

"If you sign Kane or a Haaland as well, I don't think that works for Manchester United in the way they've recruited in the past few years. Allowing young players to emerge like Greenwood, making sure Rashford plays... Van de Beek can't get a game, I think it's Sancho and I think that's their business done.'

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Imagery: PA Images/Sky Sports

Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Gary Neville

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