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Man Utd stars are all fighting ‘for futures’ under Sir Jim Ratcliffe – so who is winning audition and who will be axed?

MANCHESTER UNITED stars are constantly under the spotlight.

However, times are changing at Man Utd following Sir Jim Ratcliffe‘s and Ineos’ investment into the club.

Gary Neville has warned Man Utd players they are playing for their future

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Gary Neville has warned Man Utd players they are playing for their futureCredit: PA
Sir Jim Ratcliffe's Ineos are already making wholesale changes behind the scenes

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos are already making wholesale changes behind the scenesCredit: AFP

And Red Devils legend Gary Neville believes that change will include the on-pitch personnel, warning the squad after their 2-1 win over Luton that their futures were under threat.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “What Ratcliffe has come in and done is say to all of them ‘I’m looking at every single one of you lot – you’re all playing for your future.”

Wholesale changes including a new CEO and director of football are already being made by Ineos, but how are the squad faring ahead of the summer crunch?

We have taken a look through the squad and given our verdict.

Andre Onana – STAY

Andre Onana has proven himself to be mostly reliable between the sticks after a dodgy start.

He has one of the best goals prevented values in the Premier League, and one can only imagine the goals conceded column will improve when Man Utd address glaring issues further up the pitch.

Altay Bayindir – JURY’S OUT

Altay Bayindir has been given literally ONE chance to show what he is capable of in a Man Utd shirt, so it is difficult to judge him properly.

Recent reports claim he has been offered the chance to move to Galatasaray in the summer, and it would not be hard to understand selling the 25-year-old if Man Utd stand to make a profit.

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Tom Heaton – STAY

Veteran goalkeeper Tom Heaton is a reliable back up and is on a small wage at the club.

So long as the 37-year-old is happy being a back up, the character and experience he has can help nurture a younger goalkeeper as well.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka – GO

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has never quite managed to make the right-back position his own for one reason or another.

The 26-year-old’s contract expires in summer 2025, and considering the emergence of Diogo Dalot ahead of him and the club’s need to bring in a new right-back it makes sense to cash in before losing him for nothing.

Diogo Dalot – STAY

Dalot has become a ruseful player for the Red Devils under Erik ten Hag, filling in at left-back and making the right-back role his own.

A massive rebuild at the club is needed, and even if Dalot himself is not the main star to lead that revolution from the defence, he should be kept on this summer to provide competition and cover for potential injuries.

Raphael Varane – GO

Raphael Varane has got himself back in the Man Utd starting XI after a rough patch of form earlier this season.

However, his injury record is unreliable at best and on the mega-wages he is on it would make sense to cash in on the Frenchman with a year left on his deal in the summer, especially if reported interest from Saudi Arabia re-emerges.

Harry Maguire – GO

Harry Maguire should be moved on in the summer as part of a centre-back overhaul at Man Utd

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Harry Maguire should be moved on in the summer as part of a centre-back overhaul at Man UtdCredit: Rex

Another star who has worked his way back into the starting XI this season, Harry Maguire has showed he had a place at Man Utd, though errors on the ball in matches against Luton and West Ham show he remains suspect on the ball

His lack of pace has always stood in contrast to the high line Man Utd want to play, and while Maguire has established himself once again, an centre-back overhaul is desperately needed and Maguire needs swept out as part of that.

Victor Lindelof – GO

Another player with a year left on their contract in the summer, Victor Lindelof should be a no-brainer sale.

The Swede is in his prime and can still do a job at most top clubs but he should be moved on to avoid Man Utd losing him for free.

Lisandro Martinez – STAY

Undoubtedly the best defender at the club, Lisandro Martinez should be an integral part of Man Utd’s future.

That being said, there are two things needed to make the Argentine World Cup winner a class above, and that is getting him the right long-term defensive partner and cutting out the injuries which have plagued him this season.

Jonny Evans – GO

Jonny Evans could very easily be on the stay list but we have opted to move him on considering his age.

Evans was part of the club’s Premier League title winning season and he has shown that at times this season, including some stunning assists and brilliant defending, but he has also shown his age at times when he has been skinned or outpaced.

Luke Shaw – STAY

When fit Luke Shaw is one of the best left-backs on the planet, so him staying put should not be a question.

However, his injury record continues to get worse, so Man Utd need to consider a new left-back to compete or eventually overtake Shaw in the long-run.

Tyrell Malacia – JURY’S OUT

Talking of competition for Shaw, Tyrell Malacia should have been that piece exactly.

The Dutchman generally did well when playing last season, but injuries have curtailed the progress he made. He has age and a small wage on his side so Man Utd can afford to give him the benefit of the doubt for the time being.

Casemiro – GO

Casemiro has dropped off this season and should be moved on given the transfer interest in him

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Casemiro has dropped off this season and should be moved on given the transfer interest in himCredit: Rex

Last season a world class player, but this season Casemiro has been liability both in and out of possession with passes being given away in a sloppy manner and a number of cards being conceded.

Transfer interest is high in the Brazilian, and as the club’s best paid player moving his wages off the books would free up space for one or two younger midfielders Man Utd can bring in to anchor their defence for years to come.

Christian Eriksen – GO

Brought in on a free transfer, Christian Eriksen would represent pure profit from a Financial Fair Play perspective so making a sale to improve Man Utd’s position on that front mean this is an easy one.

The former Tottenham playmaker proved a useful asset and Ineos should look to bring in another player with similar traits, but ultimately Eriksen should be moved on to make way for fresh blood.

Bruno Fernandes – STAY

Man Utd’s best player since his arrival just over four years ago, Fernandes remains second-to-none when it comes to creating chances.

He is the club captain and should have a spot in the team for the next few years at the very least.

Kobbie Mainoo – STAY

Carrington product Kobbie Mainoo may be set for an England call-up for next months international games and may even make it into the Euro 2024 squad.

Given how transformative he has been for the midfield of Man Utd this season Ineos should look to build around him.

Mason Mount – JURY’S OUT

Despite flattering to deceive earlier this season, Mason Mount has seen his best season at Old Trafford riddled by injury.

He has similar qualities to Eriksen with an added engine to boot, he is another star who can be given the benefit of the doubt until summer 2025 at least.

Scott McTominay – STAY

Scott McTominay has proven himself to be a brilliant plan B off the bench this season.

His goals have been vital to Man Utd and as a result he should be kept around and used as a superb super sub rather than being given the nod to start week in week out.

Here's the full list of how Ineos should deal with Man Utd's current squad in the summer
Here’s the full list of how Ineos should deal with Man Utd’s current squad in the summer

Sofyan Amrabat – GO

Sofyan Amrabat arrived with a lot of hype in fixing a number of Man Utd’s issues following his performances at the World Cup.

However, his loan transfer from Fiorentina has not worked out and Ineos should simply allow it to expire rather than triggering the buy option.

Marcus Rashford – STAY

Despite recent controversy and his less than ideal form, the Marcus Rashford debate can be boiled down to a simple question: How many players in world football can get you 30 goals?

The answer is not many, and therefore Rashford should be kept around.

Alejandro Garnacho – STAY

Alejandro Garnacho has made the right-wing his own since coming into it.

He remains a raw talent but his partnership with Rashford and Rasmus Hojlund is proving to be electric and one that can only get better with time.

Rasmus Hojlund – STAY

Man Utd should look to build on an attack led by Rasmus Hojlund Alejandro Garnacho and Marcus Rashford

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Man Utd should look to build on an attack led by Rasmus Hojlund Alejandro Garnacho and Marcus RashfordCredit: Rex

After a slow start Rasmus Hojlund is now firing the goals in for fun with Man Utd.

He needs a deputy to share the load with, but Hojlund is an obvious keep.

Antony – GO

The colossal price tag has not helped Brazilian winger Antony bed in.

But even if cost his original £25million valuation, the former Ajax man has not provided enough evidence to suggest he can make the grade at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial – GO

Out of contract in the summer, Anthony Martial has been a drain on club resources in the last couple of seasons.

He has chipped in with the odd goal and his injury record means some sympathy can be handed to him, but ultimately Martial needs to be let go this summer.

Amad Diallo – JURY’S OUT

If he was given a chance to play it might allow Amad Diallo to prove his worth.

The 21-year-old winger can be afforded the benefit of the doubt that he can come good, given how he performed at Sunderland last season and with some exciting cameos for Man Utd back in 2021.

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