Four players who could leave Manchester United in the January transfer window
The January transfer window is now open, and while it’s rare for mega-money moves to happen during the mid-season window for various reasons, we can still expect to see plenty of transfers occur across the board in England’s top-flight as sides look to change their fortunes in the Premier League odds in the second half of the season.
Interim Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick poured cold water on transfer speculation at Old Trafford prior to the new year, with the German manager claiming that his focus is on his current crop of players and that he would only bring new faces to the club if it added strength to their ranks.
However, while Rangnick is keeping his cards close to his chest in regards to any possible arrivals in the north-west of England, it seems almost certain that a few players will be packing up their lockers at Carrington and bowing out of the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at four players who could leave Manchester United during this transfer window. Read on to find out more!
Having already made it clear in the last couple of weeks that he wants to leave Old Trafford in order to gain more game time, it looks nailed on that Antony Martial will move on to pastures new before this window closes. The Frenchman burst onto the scene seven years ago, scoring a stunning solo goal against Liverpool on his debut, but has never really lived up to the hype that surrounded him. Now 26 and barely making an impact in a Man United shirt, who can blame him for wanting a move away? It’s likely that a move in this window will only be a short-term loan, with an approach from Sevilla already rejected, but we could see something more permanent in the summer.
Donny van de Beek
Now 18 months into his stint at Manchester United, Donny van de Beek’s £40 million move to Old Trafford from Ajax in 2020 still continues to baffle football fans. With it believed that Paul Pogba’s exit was near, the Red Devils moved quickly to snatch up the Dutch midfielder. But the French World Cup winner stayed put and van de Beek has barely kicked a ball since. When Ole Gunnar Solskjær was sacked in November, there was hope for the 24-year-old. However, he is still used sporadically, if at all by Rangnick, and enough is surely enough when it comes to sitting on the bench continuously at this early stage of his career.
After making a name for himself during a successful loan stint at Sheffield United, playing a key part as the Blades finished ninth in the 2019-20 Premier League season, many thought Dean Henderson would return to Manchester United and steal David de Gea’s starting berth between the sticks. However, despite a run of 10 starts in 12 league games at the end of last season, the 24-year-old has still largely played second fiddle to the Spaniard. In fact, he is yet to even make a league appearance this campaign. So, it’s no surprise he could look for a move away to a club where he will be first choice this month.
When Jesse Lingard went on loan to West Ham United in the latter half of last season and revitalised his career at the London Stadium, scoring nine times and registering five assists in 16 league games for the Hammers, few would have expected him to return to Manchester United and retake his place on the Old Trafford bench. But that is the surprising decision Lingard made. Without a Premier League start this season, the 29-year-old must surely be thinking about his future once again.