Manchester United are starting a rebuild this summer with the arrival of Erik ten Hag, as the Dutch manager wants to make a lot of changes to the team which had just finished their previous campaign with the worst ever points tally in their history of competing in the Premier League. That is really something and it will take a lot of time for Ten Hag to get the squad exactly to his liking. While all the fans are looking at the current transfer window to bring the most change, a potential second season for Ten Hag at Old Trafford could be of even greater importance.
The reason for that is that Manchester United have 12 players who have entered the final year of their contracts this July. There will be a lot of potential departures and United will need to pick carefully which players they will choose to stay around and for which the time at Old Trafford will be coming to the end.
Obviously, first name on this list is Cristiano Ronaldo. At that point, Ronaldo will be 38, but no one knows what will happen with him even this summer. The Portuguese superstar by all accounts wants to make the move right now, as he wants to play Champions League football, but it seems like there are no clubs eager to try and sign him. For Ronaldo to stay at United beyond the summer of 2023 something radical would need to happen.
David De Gea
We have mentioned De Gea’s inability to play as a modern goalkeeper, with the ball at his feet, for a while now and this season will show us whether he can accustom to the new style and what Ten Hag will want to get out of him. This season could really show us if United will want to stick with the Spaniard or if they will want to bring in a new first-choice goalkeeper next summer. De Gea’s huge wages are another factor at play.
Luke Shaw is someone United should try to keep around, as he is a domestic player whose qualities are not in doubt. His performances can vary, but Shaw is someone who would be hard to see leaving United any time soon.
This is probably the biggest question for Manchester United in the coming season in terms of current players staying or leaving. Rashford has had a poor season and this coming one, under Ten Hag, will show us how much faith the club will put in their academy graduate. For United would be really important to get the best out of Rashford, but who knows whether Ten Hag will want to know for too long for that to happen.
Diogo Dalot And Fred
Two more players whose contracts end in June 2023 are Diogo Dalot and Fred. The Portuguese full-back could be the first-choice right-back this next season and if he shows good performances, United will have the easy decision of keeping him around. As for Fred, that will depend on how he does under Ten Hag’s guidance in a new system. But right now, both of them could be in a good position.
The Other Six
But those six players are not the only ones, there are six more. Man United also need to pay attention to situations in which they will be with Tom Heaton, Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe, Tahith Chong, Alvaro Fernandez and Alejandro Garnacho.
Heaton could get an extension mostly to keep the numbers of domestic players and be a backup, while others could all easily leave the club. The youngsters such as Fernandez and Garnacho would be expected to get new deals before going out on loans, while Tuanzebe and Jones feel like players who could leave the club permanently at any time.