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Question marks over 11 first team players future, as Sir Jim Ratcliffe prepares for a summer overhaul at Manchester United

The Red Devils are prepared for a squad clear-out this summer to help speed up progress on the pitch under new minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

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In a strategic move to rejuvenate their squad and enhance on-field performance, Manchester United is setting the stage for a significant overhaul this summer, as reported by ESPN.

This initiative is in alignment with the visions of the club’s new minority owner, Sir Jim Ratcliffe. The club is in a position to invest in new talents during the upcoming transfer window; however, concerns regarding compliance with profit and sustainability regulations are expected to influence the availability of funds for fresh acquisitions.

Discussions around recruitment strategies have seen Ratcliffe and INEOS’s Sir Dave Brailsford emphasising the importance of offloading certain players to augment the financial resources for new signings. This approach follows a period of lucrative player trades for United, marking their most profitable era since Cristiano Ronaldo’s record-setting departure in 2009. Nonetheless, to facilitate further investments, the club recognizes the need for additional player exits in the near term.

As per Rob Dawson’s report, there are question marks surrounding the future of up to 11 first-team players, including notable names like Christian Eriksen, Raphaël Varane, Casemiro, Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Victor Lindelöf. Anthony Martial, nearing the end of his contract, is anticipated to exit as a free agent. Moreover, Manchester United is open to entertaining offers for several players currently out on loan, such as Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek, Facundo Pellistri, and Brandon Williams.

The club’s recruitment focus is on bolstering the squad with a new striker and a defender, aiming to elevate the team’s overall performance level. Manager Erik ten Hag has expressed concerns over the noticeable decline in team performance during the absence of key players like Lisandro Martínez and Luke Shaw due to injuries. Additionally, there’s an acknowledgment of the excessive reliance on Rasmus Højlund, the 21-year-old forward who has already participated in 30 games this season, nearing his total game count from the previous year with Atalanta.

Despite Højlund’s promising performance, netting six goals in his last six appearances, there’s a concerted effort to manage his game time more effectively next season. The club seeks to mitigate his workload by acquiring another player, thereby reducing the necessity for Højlund to start in every match. This strategy is part of United’s broader objective to ensure sustainable player development and competitive readiness for the challenges ahead.

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