Manchester United announced on Friday that no fewer than 11 players will leave the club when their contracts expire this month.
Erik ten Hag is expected to bring a number of players into the transfer window but may also allow some players on contract to leave to free up more money. He will receive some return on the money the club originally paid for that staff, unlike the squad members who left for free.
Signing the 11 players leaving Old Trafford cost more than £180m in total. Each is defined by their service to the club, with some being given a warmer farewell than others.
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The Frenchman is not one of those who will be fondly remembered at Old Trafford. Many fans feel undercut by his £89million fee in 2016 – which was a world record at the time.
Many were unhappy with his overall performances for the team as he only had one Europa League and one League Cup to his name. In the end, the gulf between player and follower was evident.
After a strong couple of years under Jose Mourinho, Lingard endured a tough couple of years at United. Many believe his departure is a year too late for both the player and the club, although his two decades of service at United will not be forgotten.
Mata became a utility player towards the end of his stint. Many believe now is the right time for him to leave and he will be thanked for his efforts but ultimately he has not reached the heights he had previously at Chelsea.
Cavani’s 17 goals put United in second place last season and the striker will be applauded by the fans for that. The forward was usurped by Cristiano Ronaldo in August, who also stole his No.7 shirt at the start of an injury-plagued season.
The Serb proved to be a useful asset for United this season, although he should never have gotten that far. He never set the world on fire but was a constant presence in midfield and made several appearances where the team produced results.
After 511 appearances as a senior, the reserve goalkeeper ended his career. Grant was effectively a coach during his three-year Twilight stint and is expected to move into coaching in the future.
Unfortunately, the goalkeeper had to retire due to an ongoing hip injury and announced his difficult decision in April. Woolston joined United after being released from Newcastle’s youth ranks in 2018 and has been an active member of the Under-23s.
The 36-year-old has already helped develop United’s academy youth on the pitch but will officially leave the baton this summer. He will continue to work with the club’s U18 and 23-year-olds.
After difficult loan spells at St Johnstone and Walsall, Devine is sacked after failing to make his first-team debut. The left-back, 20, was formerly part of Manchester City’s youth team and crossed the divide in 2018.
After making his first team debut against Astana in the 2019/20 Europa League, the striker’s kick-off failed. After a miserable loan spell at Salford in the first half of the season, the 21-year-old returned to Captain United’s under-23s in the second half, where he scored eight goals in 12 Premier League 2 games.
The 20-year-old winger joined United Academy from Birmingham in 2018 before securing a move to second-team US franchisees Atlanta United in April 2021. He scored once in 27 games before returning in November.
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