Manchester United to let five players leave as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plots January overhaul

By Amreen
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer planning January overhaul at Man United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer planning January overhaul at Man United / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly planning a major haul at Manchester United which could see as many as five players leave the club during the January transfer window.

Prior to Wednesday's Champions League victory over Atalanta, the Red Devils had only won two of their last seven games across competitions and are already five points off Premier League leaders, Chelsea.

United already spent big during the summer, bringing in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo. But Solskjaer wanted to add a right-back and reportedly a central midfielder, too, and five fringe could make way for new additions in the upcoming transfer window.

According to SPORTbible, who quote the Sun, players like Donny van de Beek, Phil Jones, Anthony Martial, Victor Lindelof, and Jesse Lingard could be on their way out of the club. The rumours have begun making the rounds following the weekend's 4-2 loss to Leicester City, where both Lindelof and Lingard struggled against the Foxes.

Former United midfielder Paul Scholes labelled Lindelof's defending as "slow" and "crazy" and was equally unimpressed with his former side's performance in their Champions League game. “I get the United excitement but that first half put me off the second half and if United were playing a better team, they’d be out of sight," he said on BT Sports.

“They played Atalanta side who had five players missing, a defender who went off at half-time. I get the excitement but there was something about that first half that was worrying. It lacked unity. That was a worrying sign.”