Manchester United Have A Massive Squad That Needs To Be Cut Down Sooner Rather THan Later

Manchester United currently have 37 senior players listed on their website. Axel Tuanzebe and Facundo Pellistri have already been loaned out to Villa and Alaves, but 35 is still a ridiculous amount.

The transfer window is still open for another 20 days, but if you were hoping Manchester United bring in another player, some of these guys need to go.

It must be sooner rather than later as well. Waiting for the deadline to move some of these players might not give Manchester United the financial flexibility to make a move before the deadline or deadline day.

Manchester United Could Be More Cutthroat With Business

Juan Mata resigning with club was a head scratcher, the once fantastic attacking midfielder is 33 and has seen better days on the field. The Spaniard will also be paid around a whopping €160,000 weekly salary to stay fit according to sportrac.

Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard will both make around €75,000 a week as well. Jones has only appeared in 7 matches in all competitions in the last two seasons, only two league appearances.

Eric Bailly is going to make around €80,000 a week to be a fourth choice center back, another odd contract extension. Bailly is extremely talented, but his injury history is worrisome. Tuanzebe as the fourth choice would have saved Manchester United around €1.5mil if they would have kept him instead of Bailly.

Tom Heaton is a suitable backup keeper in the league. From a financial standpoint either David de Gea or Dean Henderson need to go. De Gea is set to make €20mil this season and Henderson over €5mil. Heaton could play cup games and either Henderson or de Gea should do both European and Premier League games.

Manchester United Have Big Decisions With Youth

A good bulk of the roster size comes from youth players. Hannibal, Elanga, Shoretire, Garner and Mengi are all probably too good for playing U23s this season and maybe even League 1.

Hannibal was fantastic against a solid League 1 opponent in Sheffield Wednesday, the playmaker scored an outrageous goal against the Owls that should have Championship sides begging for his services.

Those youth players need minutes and experience sitting on the reserve team and taking minutes from other youngsters on the U23 team could be detrimental for their development.

Manchester United have some moves to make in the next couple of weeks, hopefully they make the right choices.


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