Manchester United need the summer and they need it quickly. With no trophies left to win the last couple of months of the season have the potential to play out like a dreary procession.
Qualifying for next season’s Champions League is the only thing United have left to play for but even that is looking like a struggle. Arsenal currently hold fourth spot, have a four-point lead on Ralf Rangnick’s side and still have a game in hand.
Tottenham have even overtaken United, who are now down to sixth, too, by a point after catching up on all their fixtures. Considering the form all three sides are showing, each of the north London clubs look more likely to round out the top four.
It’s been yet another season of bitter disappointment for United and, once again, a big summer is needed to fix the problems. It looks likely to be an off-season of big change with several players set to depart.
First off, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Lee Grant are all almost certain to leave when their contracts expire at the end of the season unless there is any late change of hearts. Then there are several more players, such as Anthony Martial, Dean Henderson, Donny van de Beek, Phil Jones and maybe even Marcus Rashford who all may look to call time on their United careers.
That’s potentially 10 players leaving before it’s even considered that United may want to shift on some players of their own accord, who have been struggling to hit the levels required to play for a club looking to compete for trophies again. There could be a huge amount of players leaving Old Trafford in the summer as the club look to freshen up their squad and hopefully rebuild. However, it all does depend on the next permanent manager, too.
Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag are the current front runners as United hope to get their new boss in place before the end of the season but that is made difficult by the fact that both are currently in high-profile jobs. Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax, respectively.
In lieu of a manager to make the decisions, MEN Sport has asked United supporters to give their verdict on which players United should keep and which they should let go in the upcoming transfer window.