Ten Hag prepares ‘big-money fire sale’ at Man Utd with the sale of six players; three targets revealed

Date published: Saturday 4th February 2023 2:59 - Joe Williams

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag laughs

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag is ready to initiate a a “fire sale” in the summer with six first-team players set to leave, according to reports.

The Red Devils made two signings in the January transfer window with both players arriving on temporary deals with Wout Weghorst joining on loan from Burnley and Marcel Sabitzer moving from Bayern Munich until the end of the season.

But Ten Hag will be looking to bring in some new faces in the summer transfer window on permanent deals but it’s still unclear how much money he will have to spend due to a possible takeover of the club.

However, the Daily Mirror writes: ‘Fuelled by the imminent announcement of new investors with the Glazer family’s £6billion sale of the club said to be gathering pace boss Erik ten Hag is already drawing up his strategy for a busy summer.’

And that includes a ‘big-money fire sale’ of six first-team players with Ten Hag ready to ‘ditch’ Harry Maguire, Antony Martial and Scott McTominay while they will be joined by Alex Telles and Eric Bailly ‘as well as disappointing midfielder Donny van de Beek’.

With Man Utd currently in the Premier League top four Ten Hag ‘has targeted a striker, central defender and a dynamic midfielder with the hope he’ll be able to offer his new signings Champions League football next season’.

Marcus Rashford has been one of the stars of this season with his goals helping Man Utd deal with the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo in November.

The 25-year-old has contributed ten goals and four assists in 12 matches in all competitions since the World Cup break.

Rashford was named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for January last week and the England international was delighted to win the award.

“It’s obviously a nice feeling [to win the award],” Rashford told MUTV.

“For me, we’re entering one of the most important parts of the season, so I’m still looking to achieve a lot of things. Winning these types of achievements along the way always helps you to push forward and improve.

“I’m hoping that I can continue to do that in the coming games.”

On the secret to his recent success, the Man Utd forward added: “I don’t know! It’s probably just being in the right place at the right time, consistently doing that,” replied Marcus modestly.

“Consistently being in the areas can be tough at times because the ball’s not always there. So you’re probably in there five, six, seven times before you get that one chance. It just shows the volume of work that you have to put in.

“Like I said, I’m pleased that they’re going in and I feel confident enough to take the chances when they come so it’s about searching for that chance, and you have 95 minutes in a game to do it.”

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