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Manchester United Looking To Sell Up To Seven Players In January Transfer Window

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Manchester United Looking To Sell Up To Seven Players In January Transfer Window

Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek are on a list of potential outgoings from Manchester United, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to add to his transfer budget.

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United had a very strong summer of incomings in the window, adding Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo to the squad.

Ronaldo's arrival in particular has been a boost to fans morale and to the team, with the five time Ballon d'Or winner already scoring three goals in just two games.

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However, it has been pointed out that the Premier League side still lack a defensive midfielder but if Solskjaer wants to buy one he may need to sell first.

According to the Sun, the Red Devils are considering selling up to seven fringe players in January, with Lingard, Martial and Van de Beek all on the list.

Harry Maguire consoles Jesse Lingard after his error in the Champions League. Image: PA Images
Harry Maguire consoles Jesse Lingard after his error in the Champions League. Image: PA Images

Lingard spent six months on loan at West Ham United, who Solskjaer's team face on Sunday, at the end of last season and many expected the move to become permanent for this campaign.

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Reports have claimed that the club turned down offers from six clubs for the attacking midfielder and there has been talk of a new deal for him.

So far this term though he hasn't played much football and, despite scoring in the win over Newcastle United last week, his wayward pass set up Young Boys for their winning goal in United's shock Champions League loss in midweek.

Martial scored 17 league goals in the 2019/20 campaign but he struggled last season and the additions of Sancho and Ronaldo, plus the emergence of Mason Greenwood has reduced his importance.

The Frenchman has played in all four of the team's league games so far but only one of those was a start, and it came in the 1-1 draw with Southampton.

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Martial has mainly been used as a sub, despite the absences of Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani so far this season. Image: PA Images
Martial has mainly been used as a sub, despite the absences of Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani so far this season. Image: PA Images

Van de Beek has struggled to get game time throughout his United career so far, having been signed from Ajax in August 2020, and his future at the club has been questioned.

As well as that trio, a defensive foursomes' futures are also in doubt, with Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Alex Tellos all apparently potentially on the for sale list.

Bailly is now fourth choice at the club, behind Varane, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, and, despite signing a new deal just a few months ago, could easily be sold.

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Van de Beek finally got a start against Young Boys but was removed at half time. Image: PA Images
Van de Beek finally got a start against Young Boys but was removed at half time. Image: PA Images

Jones hasn't played a game in 18 months but has found time to put down all the trolls who criticise him, in a brilliant way.

Finally Dalot and Telles are both clearly second choice full backs, behind Aaron Wan Bissaka and Luke Shaw, respectively, but if they were sold Solskjaer would have little to no cover.

How likely it is United actually sell any of the players remains to be seen, especially after a summer where they seemed to struggle to do exactly that.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football, Transfers, Manchester United, Premier League, Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard

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