Man Utd plan to sell five in big defensive clearout as Ten Hag continues rebuild

Joe Williams
Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag writes notes down

Erik ten Hag is ready to allow Man Utd to move on five players that he has deemed surplus to requirements, according to reports.

The Dutchman has a big job on his hands to turn around the ship after the Red Devils could only manage a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League.

There were rumours of discontent in the squad last season, as well as rumours of a ‘toxic’ atmosphere with Man Utd legend Paul Scholes claiming Jesse Lingard had told him that the dressing room was “a disaster”.

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Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Edinson Cavani and Juan Mata were among the players who left on free transfers this summer in a big overhaul of the squad.

But it might not stop there with Ten Hag now happy to let more players move on with the Daily Mail claiming that Alex Telles, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Ethan Laird and Phil Jones ‘are all surplus to requirements at Old Trafford’.

The potential sales of Telles and Wan-Bissaka are expected to net them the most money, although the Red Devils will no doubt have to take a big hit on the £50m they paid for the latter.

With Tyrell Malacia arriving from Feyenoord this summer, Man Utd now have three left-backs with Telles the one set to make way.

Laird is the only one of the six that Ten Hag doesn’t want Man Utd to sell with the Dutchman only willing to sanction a loan move for the youngster.

Refreshing the squad is only going to help the dressing room and Man Utd assistant manager Steve McClaren insists he has a “good feeling” about the atmosphere around the club.

McClaren told United’s official website: “The great thing that I’ve found is that these are great players to work with. They were a little quiet the first week: it [the training] was very demanding.

“But as we got to know the players, as we got more and more into training sessions and they know the demands, the intensity, the competition, the winning and losing, the banter that goes along with it, you can feel the noise and the volume in training, in the dressing room, around the hotel and around Carrington, start to [build].

“That’s what I like, that’s why I enjoy coaching, that’s why I enjoy coming back here because these are damn-good players. You can see that.

“I mean you’ve seen little bits of it in pre-season: the combination of the front three, the work rate of the midfield, you know the organisation at the back. These are good players and they really are – I know they found the first week tough and demanding.

“This group have been fantastic. I get a great feeling. I’ve been into many, many dressing rooms and many dressing rooms for the first two, three, four weeks you kind of know and can smell [it].

“I’ve got a good feeling about this dressing room.”