Erik ten Hag 'planning summer clearout of 15 Man Utd players' including Jadon Sancho and Harry Maguire
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Erik ten Hag is planning a summer clearout of 15 senior Manchester United players, a fresh report has claimed.
On Thursday United were dumped out of the Europa League after being beaten 3-0 by Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
Ten Hag’s men, who lost the tie 5-2 on aggregate, had blown a 2-0 lead in the final minutes of the first leg at Old Trafford last week, and quickly fell behind in Spain after the hosts capitalised on a mix-up between David De Gea and Harry Maguire.
De Gea then made another blunder deep in the second half to gift Sevilla a third goal and see United eliminated from European competition by a Spanish side for the fifth time in succession.
After the lacklustre display, Ten Hag was critical of the application he’d seen from his players.
The Dutchman told BT Sport: "We were not composed, we were not calm. Once you beat the press there are huge spaces on the pitch but we didn't do it at the start. It was so obvious how to do it.
"Bad decisions. And also we lose the battles. They had more passion, more desire, more willingness. For example the second goal. Then it's difficult to win big football games.
"We showed on so many occasions good performances and good wins. But tonight and some occasions more, we were not ready for the game and it can't be. When you're at this level and playing for Man Utd you have to be ready for every game.”
And it has now emerged that Ten Hag is planning a major summer clearout of his squad.
Ten Hag’s summer clearout
According to the Guardian, Ten Hag will oversee a summer clearout of senior United players, with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial, Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Scott McTominay and Fred among the 15 whose futures are under threat.
The Dutchman will reportedly sanction the sales to generate money to reinvest in the squad and enhance its baseline standard.
And the report claims that United’s humbling at Sevilla has “concentrated” Ten Hag’s assessment of his squad.
Other players thought to be on their way out include Donny van de Beek, Anthony Elanga, Dean Henderson and Brandon Williams.
Furthermore, Alex Telles, Hannibal Mejbri and Eric Bailly, who are all out on loan, will almost certainly depart, while Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe will leave upon their contracts expiring in the summer.
However, the report stressed that not all those whose futures are in doubt will leave, given Ten Hag needs to ensure the number of departures does not severely exceed the number of signings the club make.
Indeed, the United boss may not sanction a sale of both Maguire and Lindelof given it would be difficult to buy two new centre-backs in the same window. The former is allegedly the favourite to depart.