A huge crop of players are set to leave Old Trafford this summer at the end of their contracts and the massive walkout could signal the expected start of the Erik ten Hag era at Old Trafford.
Ahead of taking over the reins of Manchester United next season, it looks like a number of decisions have already been made for new boss Erik ten Hag.
A vast array of the current squad have been forced out of Old Trafford this summer with their contracts running. No fewer than 11 Red Devils bid farewell to the club at the end of the 2021/22 season – all signed under different managers.
While some said emotional farewells, others left with an idea of what could have been, the mass overhaul just might give ten Hag the perfect opportunity to kick start his tenure in earnest – and give a clean break to those who left before. That being said, Sports mirror takes a detailed look at the players who have been allowed to leave Old Trafford this summer – and whether they will be missed at Old Trafford:
One of the star departures is of course former record holder Paul Pogba. The French midfielder was brought back to Old Trafford from Juventus in the summer of 2016 for £89m in hopes his signing would mark a period of domestic dominance alongside the arrival of serial winner Jose Mourinho.
However, Pogba never quite managed to reach the heights expected of him at Old Trafford. Except for a few standout performances, the World Cup winner has never really found consistent form with the club.
After failing to agree new terms on an extended stay, he will now leave on a free transfer, with former club Juventus emerging as the likeliest suitors for his services.
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Pogba was joined by fellow midfielder Nemanja Matic to leave Old Trafford. Now 33, the experienced Serbian has expressed his desire for a new challenge.
Like his midfield colleague, Matic was another recruited by Mourinho. The pair had actually enjoyed a productive relationship at Chelsea after lifting the Premier League. Despite racking up 189 appearances for the Red Devils, the former Benfica star has been unable to lift silverware at Old Trafford and looks set to move to Italy – AS Roma are reportedly interested in him.
It seems almost unfathomable that Juan Mata has been a Man United player for eight and a half seasons, with his departure now official. Becoming David Moyes’ final signing at Old Trafford, the classy Spaniard also played under Louis van Gaal, Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and of course Ralf Rangnick.
The former Chelsea man has always been a consistent and reliable part of the Red Devils squad – while a popular player with Old Trafford fans. Now 34, his opportunities for first-team football have evaporated in recent seasons.
Although he was a wise addition to the Red Devils squad last season – Cavani managed to score 17 goals in all competitions last season – the Uruguayan failed to replicate that production this time around – this. Due to a series of injuries, he managed only 20 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice.
Now 35, it is expected he could be set for a return to South America. Boca Juniors have been regularly linked with seeking his services.
After shining with West Ham United in the second half of the 2020/21 season, Lingard was set to be rewarded with a bigger first-team role with his parent club. This did not materialize however.
The Man Utd academy graduate made just four starts for the Red Devils last season, his output taking a hit. Now 29, the decision has been made for both parties to go their separate ways.
Lingard is hoping to revive his career and is unlikely to be short of admirers with clubs in the Premier League and abroad interested in employing his services.
Signed from Stoke City on an initial two-year contract, veteran goalkeeper Lee Grant has fulfilled his mission of providing competition to the club’s goalkeeping department. In fact, he was given two more years on top of his original contract.
In his time with the Red Devils, Grant was only allowed two first-team outings – one of which was a Carabao Cup clash with former side Derby County. He has now made the decision to retire and joined Ipswich Town as a first-team manager.
Another to hang up his boots at the end of the campaign, McShane had been in United’s line-up since 2021. He acted as a playing coach within the club’s Academy – with the defender himself having progressed in the club’s famed youth system nearly two decades. from.
Unlike Grant, the former defender is expected to stay with the Red Devils as he continues his development as a manager.
A promising member of the Red Devils academy, the 21-year-old has found the net on several occasions for the club’s youth team this season. However, his first venture into senior football didn’t quite go to plan.
The Manchester-born striker had just three appearances for loanee Salford City – all from the substitutes’ bench – before returning to Old Trafford. His only senior appearance for the Red Devils came in a Europa League clash against Astana and he will now pursue his career elsewhere.
Another of United’s promising young players to have had opportunities elsewhere this season was young full-back Devine. He played for Scottish side St Johnstone throughout the first half of the campaign before being cleared to join Walsall in January.
He has made eight Ligue 2 appearances but will now be looking for a new job ahead of next season.
An exciting young winger, the Redditch-born striker never had the chance to play for the Red Devils senior side before his departure. The 20-year-old recently had a spell with Atalanta United 2 in the United States of America.
He leaves at the end of his contract.
Unlike his younger colleagues, Woolston was forced to make the heartbreaking decision to hang up his boots early. The 23-year-old joined the Red Devils in 2018 after being released by Newcastle United.
A chronic hip injury has plagued his time at Old Trafford and it was confirmed in April that he would retire this summer.
Doubts remain over Slovakian junior international Svidersky’s future this summer. He confirmed earlier this month that he had turned down the chance to stay at Old Trafford amid the arrival of ten Hags.
However, the club’s official retained list says he has been offered a new contract so there may well be a suggestion that he could still stay on as the Red Devil.