Premier League 2018-19: 3 Players Manchester United should sell this summer
Manchester United have experienced a tremendous turnaround in their fortunes since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and won 8 of their last 9 Premier League matches. They now have 48 points from 25 matches and overtaken Arsenal in the league table.
Should this dream run continue, Solskjaer might very well be appointed their full-time manager at the beginning of the next season. However, he is going to face a sterner test in the coming days, as United are going to play PSG in the UEFA Champions League and the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League.
Moreover, they would also want to sign some new players, and therefore, should be ready sell some of their current players. We would like to look at 3 such players, who could be leaving United this season:
1. Antonio Valencia:
Valencia has been a very good player for United for the last 10 seasons and captained them for a while too. However, he has not had too many playing opportunities this season, as veteran Ashley Young has regularly played as the right-back. Young has been one of the most consistent United players this season and hardly given Valencia any chance to make regular appearances for them.
Valencia has only played in 8 matches for United this season and is not getting any younger. He is already 33 years old and played in 338 matches for United till date. Still, it would be difficult for him to get regular playing opportunities for United. Therefore, it would be advisable for him to leave the club.
He is still quite fast and strong, and also continues to be a very good crosser of the ball. He should have no problem in finding takers among the smaller clubs in the Premier League or other football leagues like Serie A. Serie A should actually be quite suitable for a physical specimen like him, and he might consider moving to a club like AC Milan or Inter Milan or AS Roma.
Valencia probably does not feature in Solskjaer’s long-term plans, and might be spending his last season with the club. However, the Ecuador defender remains one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s most successful signings in recent times.