As the 2019/2020 season draws to a close, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been notable for his perseverance in playing the same Man Utd 11 during a relentless schedule following the forced COVID hiatus.
His reluctance to make changes points to a lack of belief in his fringe players and emphasises the need for upgraded replacements. A lack of quality on the bench has become more apparent with the Norwegian only making one change against West Ham (following the half time replacement of Fosu-Mensah) as Man United chased victory.
As Solskjaer continues to form the team that he believes can challenge for the Premier League title, a number of Man United players look to be surplus to requirements…
Following great fanfare and huge excitement from the Old Trafford crowd on his arrival, Sanchez has disappointed and shown nothing to justify being the reported highest-paid player in the Premier League.
A loan move to Inter Milan at the start of the season was blighted by injuries and although in recent games he has looked to be finding some form, United need to cut their losses and get him off the wage bill and out of the club.
Another player on loan in Italy, this time at Roma. Chris Smalling has been a success and mainstay in the first team and it looks like he will be offered a permanent deal. A player more suited to the Italian style of football, United should look to make the move a permanent one.
Jones has been at Old Trafford for nine years now and has never got close to the promise that he showed in his younger days. Injuries and not settling on a fixed position hindered his development. While he has only made a handful of starts over the past few seasons, failing to make the bench in most games. The four-year extension that he signed last year continues to look like a terrible decision.
The Brazilian has been given a chance this season in his favoured number 10 position and although his work ethic and determination cannot be questioned, he has failed to take the opportunity. The incredible improvement to the team that Bruno Fernandes brought in the same attacking midfield position, has only highlighted that Pereira is not of the required quality a top-four team needs.
David De Gea
It is now almost five years since the infamous broken fax machine lead to the failure of De Gea’s move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. For the few years that followed the Old Trafford faithful rejoiced that faulty fax machine as they celebrated the Spaniard’s fantastic form.
Then the World Cup of 2018 happened and after a calamitous campaign in net for Spain, De Gea has struggled to be the same world-class keeper. The 2019/2020 season has been his most error-prone yet, after nine years with the reds it must be time to turn to the talented Dean Henderson and end his loan time at Sheffield United.