Five players who could still leave Man Utd this summer: Lingard, Diallo…
The summer has been a positive one for Manchester United fans. With the arrivals of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad is looking strong enough to challenge for silverware this term.
But with players coming in, added to an already large squad, it means there won’t be space on the pitch for everyone to play. As such, some of United’s lesser lights still might leave before the transfer window SLAMS!!! shut at 11pm BST on 31 August.
Here, we take a look at five of the players who may still be looking for pastures new in the final days of the window and where they might end up.
After his magnificent loan spell at West Ham in the second half of last season, almost every casual observer expected Lingard’s permanent transfer to east London to be little more than a formality once the shutters were rolled up on the summer window.
It hasn’t proved to be the case and Lingard came off the United bench in their draw with Southampton in the second game of the season.
In mid-August, Solskjaer said: “I think Jesse’s first priority is to get into our team. I think whenever your employer is Man United, I think that’s your first priority. It always is and I think together we can have great moments.”
Still, ESPN reported that West Ham made another inquiry this month and, according to The Times, Lingard will be tempted to leave if he feels he’ll mostly be used as a substitute this term, especially with his eyes fixed on another England call-up.
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Diogo Dalot appeared something of a forgotten man at Old Trafford at the beginning of the summer. Having returned from a loan spell with AC Milan, it was expected that Dalot would leave again, with Milan reportedly interested in taking him on loan with an option to buy.
When United were being linked to Kieran Trippier earlier in the summer, it certainly seemed the writing was on the wall for Dalot at Old Trafford, but the cooling of the Trippier rumours and Dalot’s solid performances in pre-season have made the situation less clear.
It now seems that Solskjaer may decide to hang onto the Portuguese right-back as cover for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. But, according to the Manchester Evening News, “sources close to Dalot” reckon a transfer is most likely to happen in “late August”. That’s now, so we’ll see what happens.
Oh, Phil Jones. The player who Sir Alex Ferguson once suggested might become the greatest in United history has seen his career derailed by misfortune and injury and is now perhaps better known as a meme than a footballer.
If that situation is to change, Jones will likely have to move. The arrival of Varane – who Jones was reportedly unwilling to hand his No.4 shirt over to – has certainly not done the former England international’s chances of playing any good.
He is still only 29, so in theory Jones should have a bit left in the tank. Newcastle has been mooted as a destination, as has his old club Blackburn.
One of the more exciting talents to emerge from United’s famous academy in recent years, Mejbri is an 18-year-old central midfielder who has drawn comparisons to Paul Pogba.
With first-team options likely limited, he could join fellow academy graduates James Garner, Ethan Laird, Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams in opting for a loan move that will allow him to play more men’s football on a regular basis.
Diallo and his copious talents were singed from Atalanta in the summer of 2020 for a fee that could rise to as much as €40million. Last season, though, he didn’t get the chance to show off those talents too often, making just eight first-team appearances.
The 19-year-old Ivorian winger is now reported to be eyeing up a loan move to help him progress. Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, Diallo’s old club Atalanta and Swiss side FC Basel are apparently interested.