Manchester United to sell THREE big names this summer, in ruthless Erik ten Hag exodus: report

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and captain Harry Maguire during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Optus Stadium on July 23, 2022 in Perth, Australia.
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Manchester United have already decided that they are to sell three high-profile stars this summer as part of Erik ten Hag's revolution.

The Red Devils have taken huge strides this season after finishing sixth last time around. Ten Hag has galvanised Manchester United, taking them into the top four and winning the League Cup – while the club are still competing for silverware in the FA Cup and Europa League, too.

But the work isn't done just yet with the Dutch manager eyeing more signings this summer – and some big departures as part of his rebuild. 

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag applauds during his side's 0-0 draw against Southampton at Old Trafford in March 2023.

Erik ten Hag isn't resting on his laurels this season (Image credit: Getty Images)

According to a report from Spanish outlet Fichajes, Ten Hag has identified captain Harry Maguire, his fellow centre-back Victor Lindelof and Donny van de Beek in midfield as three stars that he wants to jettison from Old Trafford.

Maguire – valued at €25 million by Transfermarkt – was accepted as a given to be exiting this summer, with the defender dramatically falling down the pecking order after United's catastrophic 4-0 defeat to Brentford on the second matchday of the season. The other two, however, are a little more surprising.

United have signed high-profile centre-backs in the last two seasons – Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez – but appear to be ready to sign another two this summer, if they want to replace both Maguire and Lindelof directly. 

Lindelof hasn't played often this season but was a regular fixture of the Europa League group stage. The Swede is valued to be worth around €15m by Transfermarkt – Luke Shaw, meanwhile, has played at centre-back, too, this term. 

Mohamed Salah challenged by Victor Lindelöf

Victor Lindelof looks to be leaving imminently

Donny van de Beek has been an even more curious case. Signed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2020 when United had Bruno Fernandes ahead of him in the pecking order, van de Beek has never established himself at Old Trafford – even since former boss Ten Hag has come to United. 

The Dutchman is valued at €17m by Transfermarkt

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Manchester United are looking to capitalise on their resurgence in the transfer market, with big new signings. Victor Osimhen is one option for €100m, Declan Rice is on the radar and Jeremie Frimpong could arrive as a new right-back. More outlandish theories include signing Kylian Mbappe and selling Marcus Rashford to Arsenal

The Glazer ownership are not guaranteed to sell up – despite bids from lifelong fan, Sir Jim Radcliffe and Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford has underlined the importance of positive mentality at Old Trafford. 

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.