Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has detailed his long-term plans for the club, telling the Manchester United hierarchy the players he wants sold by next summer.
The United boss is currently planning for this summer’s transfer window, however, reports suggest the 46-year-old is already plotting ahead for next summer by informing the club of the players he wants out of Old Trafford ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Speaking in April, Solskjaer said there would be ‘no quick fix’ for United and said the club’s problems would not be solved by ‘buying seven players’ this summer. It appears the Norwegian is now preparing for the gradual process of rebuilding his squad, which according to the Manchester Evening News already includes plans for next summer.
Out-of-contract first-team stars Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera are already confirmed departures this summer, whilst midfielder Juan Mata could follow having so far failed to agree a new deal.
Romelu Lukaku is being strongly linked with a move to Inter Milan, as is the unwanted Alexis Sanchez who is also reported to be interesting Juventus. Marcus Rojo and Matteo Darmian also look set to leave, having fallen out-of-favour this season.
Plans for next summer are likely to include the departure of veteran Ashley Young. Young has been with Manchester United since joining from Aston Villa in 2011, but will be 34 by the start of next season and his best days are long behind him.
Though contracted to 2022 and 2023 respectively, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones could also leave United next year according to the report. Young defender Axel Tuanzebe impressed last season on-loan at Aston Villa and could replace either player in Solskjaer’s first-team plans.
Nemanja Matic may also be deemed surplus to requirements ahead of 2020/21, the Serbian midfielder will be out-of-contract at the end of next season and could leave on a free transfer.