Man Utd could axe another five players after Jadon Sancho this month | Football | Sport

Manchester United sending Jadon Sancho back to Borussia Dortmund may inspire the Red Devils to complete a brutal cull of Erik ten Hag’s squad. United have been widely criticised for hanging on to players whose sell-by dates have long expired. Express Sport looks at four stars who could be axed once Sancho’s proposed loan to Dortmund has been confirmed.

Anthony Martial

In truth, striker Martial should have made way some time ago. The Frenchman has scored only 12 Premier League goals since the start of the 2020-21 season and needs a fresh start at a new club.

Now that United finally have a new centre-forward in Rasmus Hojlund, and with another striker reportedly eyed in January, Martial can finally make way. Having a contract that expires in the summer means United will hardly be able to recoup any of the £50m they paid Monaco to sign the then-teenager in 2015.

Mason Greenwood

United loaned Greenwood to Getafe in the summer, insisting that the striker will never again pull on a Red Devils shirt. And the Old Trafford hierarchy should use the January window to ask the Spanish club to sign Greenwood permanently.

The 22-year-old, who is finding form after a slow start to the campaign, needs to break free from United to properly kick-start his career. United would be able to reinvest a transfer fee into new signings.

Facundo Pellistri

According to The Athletic, United are willing to listen to offers for winger Pellistri this month. Like with Greenwood, a decent fee can be reinvested into Jim Ratcliffe’s overhaul of the United squad. we never name journalists by their name

Pellistri has started just three matches across all competitions this term. The 22-year-old has found a place on the right wing difficult to find despite the poor form of Antony. It is claimed that Ratcliffe-owned Nice are interested in an initial loan deal.

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Amad Diallo

There was plenty of excitement around Amad Diallo after a tremendous season with Sunderland last term. The winger, for whom United could end up spending around £35m, scored 14 goals for the Black Cats as they reached the Championship play-offs.

But a knee injury kept the 21-year-old out of the first half of this season. He played 10 minutes on his return to full fitness in United’s 2-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest last time out.

Another loan, perhaps to a Premier League club, could help Diallo recapture his form and fitness. A hefty loan fee and having another club cover the player’s salary would be beneficial if United want to rebalance the books in January.

Shola Shoretire

After returning from a loan spell at Bolton in the second half of last season, Shoretire might have expected to earn his first full campaign of senior football this term. However, no move was agreed in the summer and the attacker has failed to make a matchday squad at Old Trafford.

Shoretire was once regarded as one of United’s best young talents, but his development has stalled in the two years since he made his first-team debut. Another League One loan could be necessary for the 19-year-old.

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