Manchester United are set to lose a number of first-team players this summer, with several players of out contract.
An exodus is expected before Erik ten Hag takes charge of pre-season to prepare for 2022/23.
Nemanja Matic has confirmed he will leave Old Trafford, despite his contract running till 2023. In addition to that, we take a look at six players who could leave as free agents.
1. Paul Pogba
The Frenchman is reportedly nearing a return to Juventus and must take a paycut that will reduce his wages by half.
Both PSG and Real Madrid have dropped out of the race to sign the 29-year-old, who has spent a good amount of 2021/22 injured.
Pogba has shown no inclination to sign a new deal and continue at the club under Ten Hag.
2. Jesse Lingard
West Ham are interested in signing Lingard on a free transfer following an impressive loan in the second half of 2020/21.
Newcastle were also keen on his services but they are unwilling to meet his wage demands, leaving lesser options for the Englishman.
3. Edinson Cavani
Latest reports have indicated that Cavani was ‘pissed off’ after being denied a move to join Barcelona last summer.
After hardly starting games for United this term through injuries, Cavani is set to finally depart Old Trafford on a free. His next destination remains unknown.
4. Juan Mata
One of the players expected to leave, Mata surprised fans by announcing he will speak to Ten Hag before deciding his future.
The Spaniard expressed his desire to win one Premier League title with United before leaving the club permanently.
The final decision will be Ten Hag, of course, and it remains to be seen if the Dutchman values Mata’s presence. If not, he will leave on a free.
5. Tahith Chong
The Academy graduate has had a tough season, spending most of his time injured on loan at Birmingham City.
He was also robbed at knife-point and has somewhat fallen down the pecking order as new names like Alejandro Garnacho and Hannibal Mejbri dominate games.
So far, there have been no talks over an extension and he may leave the club for free once his deal expires.
6. Lee Grant
Grant, 39, should have left last summer itself but for some reason, he was handed a one-year extension.
He did not play a single game in 2021/22 and there was even a conspiracy theory suggesting he was ‘the mole’ leaking all of United’s squad issues to the media.
Suffice to say, he won’t be missed if he leaves on a free.