Owen warns Manchester United fans not to expect widespread departures this summer

Michael Owen has warned Manchester United fans it is unrealistic to expect widespread departures from Old Trafford this summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reported to be preparing an overhaul of his Manchester United squad this summer after a disappointing end to the season, with several first-team players tipped to leave the club.

Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera are both confirmed departures at the expiry of their contracts, whilst Juan Mata is also yet to agree a new deal and Romelu Lukaku is being linked with Inter Milan.

Solskjaer has reportedly given the United board until next summer to sell all of his unwanted players, and former United striker Owen – who won the Premier League title with the club in 2011 – has said that it would be foolish for fans to expect wholesale changes.

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“It’s quite hard to get rid of more than three or four players in one window, particularly if you want something in return,” Owen told Press Association Sport.

“I thought I had a better handle on United in that I believed they were a better team than they had shown under David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and (Jose) Mourinho.

“And we saw that for a dozen games or so when Solskjaer came in but then there was a relapse.

“I still think the players are better than that but the squad obviously needs some surgery and it won’t be easy without Champions League football next season – great players want that. So I just don’t think it’s realistic that they’re going to be able to make 10 changes in one summer.”

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