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Manchester United could lose Erik ten Hag SEVEN players for free this summer



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Manchester United have six players whose current contracts expire at the end of the season, with Sofyan Amrabat’s loan deal also under question.

Erik ten Hag‘s Manchester United squad has been tested to its limit already so far this campaign, with the side seeing up to 16 players unavailable for selection due to either injury or off-field problems so far.

It is an issue that has plagued the Premier League, with 100 players across the 20 clubs currently out of action due to injury problems and is likely a result of the congested campaign of last season.

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However, this is not the only squad issue that United face – they also have six players whose current contracts run out this summer, and a further loan deal they must decide whether to make permanent.

Players over the age of 23 are allowed to enter discussions and sign pre-contract agreements with other clubs if they are in the last six months of their current deals. If no action is taken before January, United could lose up to seven players for free in the summer market.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

After it was initially predicted that Wan-Bissaka would not play much of a part in Erik ten Hag’s reign at Old Trafford, the English right-back has proven to be fantastic competition for Diogo Dalot, having played 42 times under the Dutchman since the start of last season.

Although there have been tenuous links between United and signing a new right-back, at a time when the club will be looking to cut costs where possible, a new deal for Wan-Bissaka may be the most cost-effective option for the club. The club currently have the option to extend his contract by one year.

Victor Lindelöf

Lindelöf’s resurgence at United has been one of great timing for Ten Hag with the manager facing so many injury problems in the central defensive area.

The Swede scored the winning goal in United’s last game against Luton Town and has operated as both a left-back and centre-back when injuries have run rife, and would be a big loss if his contract is not renewed. The club currently have the option to extend his contract by one year.

Anthony Martial

Martial’s career at Manchester United is a mixed one. Joining in 2015 as a bright young talent, he scored 17 goals in his debut campaign as a 19-year-old striker and has enjoyed multiple fruitful seasons in attack.

After back-to-back seasons of poor form, Martial now plays second fiddle to Rasmus Højlund, and it is almost certain that his future in football now lies away from Old Trafford. A contract extension is unlikely at this stage.

Hannibal Mejbri

Mejbri has impressed both fans of the club and Erik ten Hag with his performances this season in his first senior campaign as a Red Devil, playing well against the likes of Burnley and Brighton.

There is a clause in his current contract that the club can activate to extend his deal until 2025, but with the 20-year-old still learning his craft as a top player, it would be wise of the club to tie him down to a longer term.

Jonny Evans

Jonny Evans was originally recruited as just an extra option for Ten Hag but has since played eight times for the club due to the mass of injuries in defence.

While his re-signing for the club was initially questioned, Evans has actually played well at times, but evidence of his age at 35 years old is becoming clear to see, and it is unlikely that he will be offered another contract once his one-year deal expires.

Tom Heaton

Heaton signed for United on a two-year contract in 2021, and last season the option to extend his deal for another year was triggered – but he is almost certainly not going to be offered another one before the end of this season.

Since signing for the club he has made just four appearances and acted as a second and third option for the team.

Sofyan Amrabat

Sofyan Amrabat is currently on loan at United from Fiorentina after the two clubs could not agree on a permanent transfer fee for the Moroccan international. United paid £8.5 million for his one-year loan, and there is an option in the contract to make the move permanent for a further £21.4 million.

There is yet to be any indication of if United will trigger this option. If they do not, he will return to Italy for free at the end of the season.