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5 players who could leave Manchester United in the January transfer window

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:49 IST

The smiling assassin
The smiling assassin

Olé Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United fairy tale continued as the Red Devils eliminated Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup, making it 8 wins out of 8 matches for the Norwegian manager.

The former United striker has brought back free-flowing, attacking football to Old Trafford, which has unlocked the real potential of many, including Paul Pogba, who is finally showing why Manchester United splashed a whooping £89 million to re-sign him from Juventus.

The Frenchman's brilliance is getting the best out of Marcus Rashford as well, as the young English sensation is flourishing under Olé Gunnar Solskjaer in a more central role.

Manchester United look like real contenders for a top four finish in the Premier League this season and if their blistering form continues, they could eventually earn a Champions League spot next season.

However, while many players are flourishing under the new management, there are some players who seem unable to fit into the current Manchester United playing philosophy and could be on the move this January in search of game time. Here is a look at 5 players who could leave Old Trafford in this transfer window.

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#5 Eric Bailly

Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League
Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

The Ivorian defender has failed to nail down a starting berth at Manchester United since joining the Red Devils in 2016 from Spanish side Villarreal for a fee reported to be around £30 million.

Injuries have plagued Bailly's progress at Manchester United and he managed only 13 appearances in all competitions last season. He has only racked up 9 appearances this season due to the plethora of centre backs at Old Trafford.


Eric Bailly failed to impress the new manager on his first start as he picked up an unnecessary red card for a rash challenge on Bournemouth's high-flying winger Ryan Fraser, much to the Norwegian manager's chagrin.

Manchester United's pairing of Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof at the heart of their defence has shown a lot of promise with Lindelof finally showing his true defensive masterclass and it's a partnership that can last for years.

It will take a lot of hard work and dedication for the Ivorian to regain his position as a starter for Manchester United. The Ivorian has been linked with a shock move to La Liga and a move away from Old Trafford could revive his career as he is a young defender with great potential.

Arsenal are fighting for his signature as well.

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Published 27 Jan 2019, 13:51 IST
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