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Manchester United plan to sell two first-team big names in January

Manchester United poised to offload key players ahead of January signings.

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Manchester United are reportedly weighing up their options ahead of the January transfer window, with Football Insider reporting the club must offload players before considering new acquisitions.

According to Football Insider, Erik ten Hag is particularly keen on bolstering his squad with a new winger and central midfielder during the upcoming window.

However, the pathway to such signings requires that existing players be moved on first.

Notably, Scott McTominay and former skipper Harry Maguire, are understood to be the main assets United could consider letting go. Both these players have seen limited playing time under Ten Hag’s regime.

This season, Maguire, the ex-captain, has featured for a mere 116 minutes over three fixtures in all competitions. Despite having his contract with United until June 2025, he faced a demotion earlier this year, losing his captain’s armband.

The summer transfer window saw him being tipped for a high-profile transfer to West Ham, though the move did not come to fruition by the 1 September deadline.

McTominay, meanwhile, was in a similar position, with speculations tying him to a transfer to London Stadium. He remained a Red Devil after the window closed and has been on the pitch for 203 minutes across five matches this season.

Like Maguire, McTominay is locked in with United until June 2025.

Interestingly, the recent return of summer acquisition Sofyan Amrabat, post his injury recovery, might further sideline McTominay in the upcoming fixtures.

Manchester United’s form this 2023-24 season has been inconsistent.

The side has faced defeat in four out of their opening seven matches in the Premier League.

Their next challenge awaits against Brentford on 7 October.

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