Erik ten Hag to axe 12 Manchester United players

Erik ten Hag to axe 12 Manchester United players

While plenty of summer signings are guaranteed, Erik ten Hag would have up to 12 players leave the club in order to fund new moves.

Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag is set to be a busy man when he is finally confirmed as the next Manchester United manager.

While plenty of summer signings are guaranteed, up to 12 players could reportedly leave the club in order to fund new moves.

An entire squad overhaul is expected, with Tuesday night’s 4-0 defeat against Liverpool once again highlighting the need for change.

Ten Hag’s Manchester United rebuild will begin by trimming the squad of up to a dozen players, according to the Mirror.

First in line at the departure gate are out of contract stars Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Lee Grant.

But at least six other players are also in for the chop.

It’s claimed Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Aaron-Wan Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Alex Telles could all be sold in the upcoming transfer window.

Although one man set to survive the mass exodus is ex-Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.

SunSport exclusively revealed earlier this month that Ten Hag is prepared to give Van de Beek a second chance at Old Trafford when he returns from his temporary spell with Everton.

Interim boss Ralf Rangick confirmed after the Anfield drubbing that up to ten signings could be made before the start of next season.

Speaking after the full-time whistle, he said:

“There will be a rebuild for sure. That was obvious in the first three or four weeks for me.

“There could be six, seven, eight, maybe ten new players.”

United have been heavily linked with a host of players in recent weeks, with Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, Ajax winger Antony and RB Leipzig’s versatile midfielder Christopher Nkunku all on the radar.

Vast improvements are needed in almost every area of the pitch, with only David De Gea safe in his spot on the teamsheet.

Tottenham talisman Harry Kane is also said to be ‘curious to hear’ any United offer before deciding on his future in the off-season.

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