3 players Manchester United need to offload before the transfer window ends
Manchester United are currently going through a rough patch. The club formerly known as Newton Heath are deep through a transitional phase having finished 6th in the Premier League last season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men need to step up their game with competition for the top-4 getting hotter. With that in mind, the club has splashed the cash bringing in two players namely Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The exuberance of these young talents is expected to spruce up the squad and give it a youthful look.
The ‘Red Devils’ have also been reported as having identified Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes as someone who can provide a cartload of goals and assists from the heart of their midfield. Not to mention their neverending pursuit of Leicester City defender Harry Maguire for whom they were involved in a tug-of-war with rivals Manchester City, who were also highly interested up to until a few weeks ago.
However, with incomings, there also must be quite a few sales with a view towards balancing the books. Also with new arrivals, existing players might sometimes be deemed surplus to requirements and thus, the squad needs to be trimmed. With it being Ole’s first full season in charge of the club, he is within his right to discard those who he deems incompatible to his playing style. The Norwegian also seeks to imbibe the United spirit within each and every one of his players and those he deems unworthy of the badge will most likely be shown the door.
Manchester United’s underwhelming performances since the turn of the year has led to fans calling for the players’ heads. With it being top-4 or bust for Solskjaer’s troops, the chopping block beckons for quite a few of those donning the famed red jersey. Let us have a look at the three players who Manchester United need to sell this summer:
#3: Alexis Sanchez
Snatched from the noses of ‘Noisy Neighbours’ Manchester City, the signing of Chilean Alexis Sanchez was expected to catalyse Manchester United’s title challenge. Brought in amidst much fanfare, Sanchez has not managed to produce any performance of significance while taking to the field in the famed United kit. So much so that opposition fans have mockingly labelled his act on the piano during his presentation as his best performance in a Manchester United shirt.
The forward takes home a reported sum of £500,000-a-week for the drab showings that he puts up when he is fit to take the field. A miserable return of 3 goals and 6 assists in 32 Premier League appearances (over one and a half seasons) is hardly justified, given the money he takes home each week. Reported to be a disruptive presence in the dressing room, Sanchez has to be let go by United. His salary eats into a major chunk of the club’s treasuries which can be put to better use elsewhere.
The major complication that Ed Woodward and co. need to deal with is a lack of suitors for the ex-Arsenal man. Even the clubs that express interest in the winger are turned away by his wage demands. As days pass, the prospects of Sanchez leaving Old Trafford seem to diminish with yet another year of mediocrity with ‘mucho dinero’ beckoning for the Chile international.