Manchester United – Sell, loan or keep?

With the January transfer window in full flow, there are plenty of rumours flying around about the Manchester United squad right now.

There’s never a day that goes by that a player isn’t linked with a Manchester United transfer, whether it be incomings or outgoings but so often many of the deals don’t make any sense.

That’s not to say that deals shouldn’t happen and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done relatively well in the market in the past, moreso with shifting dead wood from the side. So who deserves their place in the squad and who should the club be looking at moving on?


GOALKEEPERS

David De Gea: The undisputed number one goalkeeper for Solskjaer has proven that he still deserves his place in the squad. His performances this season have been good for the most part and the added competition has helped. – KEEP

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Dean Henderson: Many wanted him to take the crown as number one this season following a successful loan away, but he isn’t quite there yet. He’s still good enough to provide sufficient competition and could get there in the future. – KEEP

Sergio Romero: Never been good enough to be number one and it started to effect the form of De Gea. Should’ve left in the summer and Solskjaer’s decision to let him leave this month or in the summer for free is the right one. – SELL

Lee Grant: Literally in the squad to make up the numbers. Doesn’t cause any problems and never needs to play. – KEEP


DEFENDERS

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka: The first choice right-back and rightly so. He’s excellent defensively when it comes to one on one scenarios but still has room for improvement elsewhere and will only get better. – KEEP

Timothy Fosu-Mensah: An academy graduate, a series of poor loans and bad injuries have seen his development halted and that this point he needs fresh settings to get going again. – SELL

Brandon Williams: Originally served as a stand-in left-back, he’s now the backup right-back. Needs first-team football to really develop as he’s not of the level required just yet for the Old Trafford club. Several clubs are interested and United should use them. – LOAN

Luke Shaw: Has really kicked on this season and seems to be back to his pre-leg break form. Has many flaws but is still good enough to be in and around the squad for me. – KEEP

Alex Telles: A new signing, he has shown his attacking talents but needs to bulk up physically and improve defensively to be a long-term success. At 28, time isn’t on his side in that regard but he’s good enough unless a world-class option becomes available. – KEEP

Axel Tuanzebe: Destined for big things since his academy days, Tuanzebe looks like he’ll become a mainstay in the first-team if he can get his fitness issues sorted. Worth being patient with though. – KEEP

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Eric Bailly: When he’s fit, he’s probably Manchester United’s best defender. The problem is he can barely stay fit. Availability is the most coveted ability there is in football, but he’s still too good to let go until reinforcements are brought in. – KEEP

Marcos Rojo: Robust, temperamental and just not that good. He’s been told he can leave at the end of his contract, but United may as well pay him off and get him out of there now. – LEAVE

Victor Lindelof: The Swede struggled when he first came to the club but in recent months has grown to be excellent. He still lacks the pace or physicality to become a truly top defender, but he’s the perfect partner to any top centre back. – KEEP

Phil Jones: Hasn’t featured this season and there was no reason to give him a new four-year contract back in 2019. He should leave, ASAP. – LEAVE

Harry Maguire: Captain of the club so won’t be going anywhere. Has shown he’s good enough to improve United’s defence from where it once was, but still question marks over plenty of things he does considering he cost £80m. – KEEP


MIDFIELDERS

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Nemanja Matic: The Serbian was given a new three-year contract last year which seemed like madness at the time, and still does. He deserved a new deal but with his legs clearly not what they once were, that was too long. He’s still the best holding midfielder in the squad though. – KEEP

Scott McTominay: To this day, not sure what he offers to the team other than passion. He’s an immense athlete but his actual footballing ability leaves plenty to be desired and loving the club isn’t enough of a reason to keep him around if the club really want to progress. – SELL

Fred: The Brazilian really struggled when he first joined the club but under Solskjaer he has turned into one of the better defensive midfielders in the squad. On the ball he could improve but his energy is endless and he reads the game well. – KEEP

Donny Van de Beek: We haven’t seen nearly enough of the Dutchman since his move to Old Trafford in the summer, but he has all the qualities in his game to be a top class addition. Way too soon to consider letting him go anywhere. – KEEP

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Paul Pogba: Without a doubt the best footballer in the squad but as it stands, he doesn’t want to be at the club beyond the end of the season. Unless he can be genuinely convinced otherwise, he should be allowed to leave. – SELL

Jesse Lingard: Has lived off his academy graduate status for far too long at the club. He has good basics to his game but he just doesn’t have the level of quality needed and should explore new opportunities. – SELL

Juan Mata: Another one who was inexplicably given a long new contract when it wasn’t necessary. In his prime he was incredible, but he’s been long past that for a while. – SELL

Daniel James: The transfer never really made sense at the time and other than a short purple patch at the start of his first season, he’s never looked like having the quality to work out. – SELL

Bruno Fernandes: United’s most important midfielder, regardless of what you think of his playing style. It’s not even a debate. – KEEP


FORWARDS

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Mason Greenwood: One of the best products to come through the academy, the striker has had a rough time of it this season. Still is incredibly talented and will come good eventually, no debate. – KEEP

Marcus Rashford: The face of the football club and the club’s best attacker. Anyone who says otherwise is wrong. – KEEP

Odion Ighalo: A short-term option that was extended only because of COVID-19. Covered well last season but has been pointless this season and should be let go at the earliest opportunity. – SELL

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Edinson Cavani: Signed on a short-term deal with an option to extend, Cavani has shown that he is still capable at the top level even if he has lost a bit physically. Wouldn’t be against the option being triggered unless a better option became available. – KEEP

Anthony Martial: Gone from ‘starboy’ winger to stuttering striker. At 25, he needs to kick on this season but I wouldn’t be against letting him go if a world class striker could be brought in this summer. – KEEP

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