Erik ten Hag wants Manchester United to sell their deadwood this summer
The Red Devils have fallen away in recent years and are a shadow of the club they were under Sir Alex Ferguson. Several rival teams have left us behind and we have a long chasm to bridge in order to be considered competitive again.
A large obstacle in ten Hag’s path is a bloated squad that has largely underperformed. Add to it that they consist of several overpaid stars and it is clear to see the enormity of the task ahead of the Dutchman.
The 52-year-old does not appear to have patience for those who cannot contribute to his rebuild and has urged Red Devils chief Richard Arnold to sell all the players considered deadwood. It is fair to say that several players meet that criteria.
ten Hag is keen to see all outgoings concluded by the end of June. This should give him enough time to work with the players he wants at the club and also bring in the requisite reinforcements.
The likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Eric Bailly and Juan Mata all look set to seek pastures new at the end of the current campaign. They could also be joined by Dean Henderson who continues to struggle for regular playtime at old Trafford.
Arguably the biggest name that could be on the move is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese legend is one of the few shining lights in what has been a dark season. The 37-year-old has another year to go at Man United but is considering offers from elsewhere.
Losing him could work either way. It could lead to a more collective game plan or leave us high and dry in terms of having an infallible goalscorer available. Time will tell us which way the cookie crumbles.
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Man United faces a pivotal summer that could make or break their ability to compete for the next few years. Whether ten Hag will have his way or fall prey to expectations at Old Trafford remains to be seen.