Manchester United could say goodbye to six players after tonight’s Europa League final showdown with Villarreal in Gdansk. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side go into the match looking to win their first trophy for four years. So Express Sport will now take a look at six players who could be featuring in their last game for the Red Devils.
United have seen Paul Pogba step up this season, especially after overcoming coronavirus earlier in the campaign.
But, while Solskjaer wants the France international to stay, that might not happen.
Mina Raiola is set to offer Pogba to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, while Real Madrid and Juventus are in the mix too.
United would loathe losing the 28-year-old.
But they’d be wise to cash in this summer instead of seeing him depart for nothing in 12 months’ time.
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It’s been a difficult campaign for Axel Tuanzebe, with the defender restricted to just nine Premier League appearances.
When everybody is fit, he’s the club’s fourth-choice centre-back behind Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.
So, with that being the case, the 23-year-old may leave to secure regular first-team football.
United are expected to land a new defender this summer, with Raphael Varane and Jules Kounde both under consideration.
And any potential arrival of another player in Tuanzebe’s position may accelerate a possible departure.
Nemanja Matic has been a good stalwart for United over the years.
Signed by Jose Mourinho, his experience is vital – especially given how many young players are on the books at Old Trafford.
But Roma, with Mourinho at the helm, are circling.
And that may be too enticing an opportunity for Matic to turn down.
There’s been talk of a move away from Old Trafford for years, now, and a move to Italy would certainly make sense for the veteran.
Juan Mata, like Matic, has also been linked with Roma.
The Spain international scored the winner against Wolves on Sunday from the penalty spot, converting after Donny van de Beek had been fouled inside the box.
And, if he goes, he’ll be a big loss.
United won’t stand in Mata’s way if he wishes to leave, with Solskjaer willing to let the midfielder decide his own future.
He’s already way down in the Norweigan’s pecking order and that’s something Mourinho, and Roma, are fully aware of.
United are understood to be closing in on the return of Tom Heaton.
And that’s because Lee Grant is primed to depart once the match against Villarreal is all wrapped up.
He’s made just a single first-team appearance for the club ever since arriving from Derby back in the summer transfer window of 2018.
And with Heaton coming back, the Red Devils have already planned for his exit.