The seven Man Utd players let go by Solskjaer and how they’ve fared since

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The United squad was in need of an overhaul when Solskjaer took over, and he hasn’t been afraid to get rid of some big names at Old Trafford.

We’ve taken a look at the seven first-teamers to leave the Red Devils on a permanent basis since Solskjaer took over to see how they have subsequently fared.

Marouane Fellaini

Fellaini was a regular in the team under Jose Mourinho but was sold to Shandong Luneng in February 2019 after playing just 31 minutes under Solskjaer.

The midfielder scored eight goals in 22 league games in his debut season and helped them to a fifth-placed finish in the Chinese Super League.

He also played in the Chinese FA Cup final as Shandong Luneng lost 3-1 on aggregate to Shanghai Shenhua.

Ander Herrera

Herrera was a fan favourite at Old Trafford but called time on a five-year stay at the club when his contract expired in 2019.

The Spaniard joined PSG on a five-year deal in 2019 but has found first-team opportunities hard to come by in France.

Injury problems and strong competition for places has limited him to just eight Ligue 1 appearances in 2019-20 as PSG won their third consecutive league title.

“To be honest, I didn’t celebrate it. I love football but I love to play football and win trophies on the pitch,” Herrera told ESPN in May 2020.

“Of course, it’s good to have one more title but it’s not the same. I wanted to celebrate with our fans and my team-mates.”

Antonio Valencia

Despite being club captain, Valencia only made two appearances under Solskjaer and was released by United at the end of the 2018-19 season.

He moved to LDU Quito in his native Ecuador, where he has featured 32 times in all competitions this season.

The 34-year-old also helped them win the Copa Ecuador and the Supercopa Ecuador.

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James Wilson

After spending the 2018-19 season on loan at Aberdeen, Wilson joined the Scottish side on a permanent deal at the expiration of his United contract.

The striker didn’t score a single goal in the opening half of the season and joined Salford City in January 2020.

Since joining the League Two side, he has made six appearances in all competitions, scoring twice on his debut against Plymouth Argyle.

Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku found himself in and out of the team following Solskjaer’s appointment and joined Inter Milan for £74million in 2019.

He has proved his doubters wrong in Italy, scoring 17 goals in 25 league appearances while spearheading Inter’s pursuit of the Serie A title.

“I think I had to rediscover myself,” Lukaku told Sky Sports in January 2020. “Last year was difficult for me on the professional side, because stuff was not going how I wanted and I was not performing as well.

“So I had to find it within myself what was lacking and came to the conclusion that it was time for me to change environment.

“I made my decision around March, and I went to the manager’s office and told him it was time for me to find something else.

“I wasn’t performing and I wasn’t playing. I think it was better for both sides to go separate ways. I think I made the right decision.”

Matteo Darmian

Darmian never established himself as a first-team regular during his four years at United and was sold to Parma for just £1.4million in 2019.

The right-back has been an ever-present for the mid-table Serie A club, making 22 appearances in all competitions this season.

Ashely Young

Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s arrival saw Young fall down the pecking order under Solskjaer and the full-back joined Inter Milan on an initial six-month contract in January 2020.

The 34-year-old recorded a goal and an assist in his first five Serie A appearances before football in Italy was brought to a halt.

He has still done enough to impress Antonio Conte and is set to sign a one-year contract extension at Inter.


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