Manchester United could reportedly let much-criticised club captain Harry Maguire leave in a big overhaul of their squad this summer.
Maguire is said to be one of five players that the Red Devils are ready to sell, with the club needing to get some of their top earners off the books before they bring in new signings for whoever the next permanent manager is.
The England defender has been the subject of intense scrutiny this season after a number of below-par performances.
The £80million signing has been a regular part of a United side that has kept just six Premier League clean sheets. He has also made direct errors that have led to goals, with some fans wanting him stripped of the captaincy.
Maguire was appointed skipper by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in early 2020. The decision was made after the 29-year-old impressed in the first six months of his Old Trafford career.
But things have since turned sour, although Maguire has not been helped by a number of other factors at the club.
The decision to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim has been widely criticised by pundits and fans. The German has been in charge since late November, but United currently sit in sixth place, four points off the final Champions League spot.
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The Red Devils will also go another season without a trophy after being knocked out of Europe last week.
Maguire part of big United cull
And now Fichajes reports that a big overhaul is being planned and that Maguire will be part of the cull.
The report states that the likes of Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and Borussia Dortmund’s Manuel Akanji could replace the former Leicester man.
The other four players tipped to leave are David de Gea, Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani.
Veteran stopper De Gea is somewhat of a surprise. However, attacking trio Ronaldo, Rashford and Cavani have all been linked with exits in recent weeks.
Much will now depend on who takes the permanent reins at Old Trafford. Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag remain the favourites for the role. But the troubles at Chelsea have also seen Thomas Tuchel linked with a shock switch.