After much speculation, David De Gea has also officially stepped through the door to leave Old Trafford, ending 12 years with Manchester United. Previously, De Gea had actually found a common voice with the Red Devils about a new contract, but things changed quickly when coach Erik Ten Hag wanted a better goalkeeper.
In theory, after De Gea leaves, Man Utd still has an element from the era of Sir Alex Ferguson, Tom Heaton. As for Sir Alex’s successor, coach David Moyes, the two players he brought in during his short tenure, Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini, have long since parted ways with the Red Devils. Meanwhile, Old Trafford still has 4 ‘remnants’ from the reign of coach Jose Mourinho.
However, after this year’s summer market closes, the number is expected to double, because Man Utd is planning to get rid of 2 contracts signed by Mourinho. The first is the case of Fred, who arrived at Old Trafford in the summer of 2018, with a transfer fee of up to £ 50 million. Currently, if they receive an offer worth £20 million, the Red Devils will immediately allow the midfielder to leave Old Trafford.
It is easy to confirm, what Fred has shown in the Man Utd shirt is completely not worth the huge amount that the Old Trafford team has paid in the past. But even so, Fred is still a relatively quality substitute, almost always fulfilling his duties when given the opportunity to play. However, in the context of Man Utd needing to rebalance the books, he is one of the most “valuable” players they own.
Similar to Fred, Man Utd has also determined to get rid of Eric Bailly this summer. Last season, the Ivory Coast defender did not leave any strong impressions during his time at Marseille, except for a seven-match ban after a rough foul on an opponent. Therefore, Marseille has absolutely no plans to buy Bailly outright, and he has no future when returning to Old Trafford.
In the past, Man Utd spent more than £ 30 million to recruit Bailly from Villarreal, and it is expected that he will become a failed signing both professionally and commercially. Spanish media reported, Real Betis plans to bring Bailly back to La Liga, and they believe that the Old Trafford team will accept the liquidation of Bailly’s contract to facilitate this star’s departure in the form of free transfer.
In the event of parting with both Fred and Bailly, the Man Utd squad will only be left with two players brought to Old Trafford by Mourinho, Victor Lindelof and Diogo Dalot. While the Red Devils have tied Dalot’s feet with a new contract, Ten Hag has also identified Lindelof as a ‘not for sale’ player.
Huynh Phong | 14:05 11/07/2023