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£30.7m wasted: Solskjaer must offload three Man United players in the summer

Even though Manchester United managed to secure a deal for Bruno Fernandes in January, there’s no doubt that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has plenty of work to do in the transfer market this summer.

Further reinforcements are required but the Red Devils should also look to ship off a handful of players to reduce their wage bill.

Here are three players who should be offloaded in the summer…

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez celebrates for Manchester United

Alexis Sanchez arrived as a hero but could end up leaving as one of the most underwhelming signings in the club’s history.

His disappointing tally of five goals and nine assists in a total of 45 games alludes to his failure to hit the ground running at the club.

For that reason, it was no great surprise that he was shipped off to Inter Milan on loan at the beginning of the season.

The Chile international earns an incredible £18.2m per year, which is mind-blowing given his failure to inject any tangible level of star quality into Old Trafford.

Solskjaer has recently suggested that Sanchez has a future at the club and could yet silence his doubters, but the Norwegian may be wiser to cut his losses and spend £18.2m per year on a handful of younger, hungrier talents.

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Marcos Rojo

Marcos Rojo with his head in his hands

Another loanee who seemingly has no future at the club is the 29-year-old defender Marcos Rojo, who is currently out on loan at Estudiantes back in the Argentine Superliga.

The centre-back does has played a total of 122 games for United throughout his career, but the 2019/20 season has revealed that there is simply no room for him in the squad any longer.

He only managed 648 minutes before his January move and with the likes of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in front of him in the pecking order, loaning him out seemed like a good solution.

His current contract sees him earn £4.16m per year and removing that outlay from the books should be Solskjaer’s next course of action.

Juan Mata

Juan Mata with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Last but not least is the creative maestro that is Juan Mata.

The 31-year-old midfielder is slowly but surely heading towards the twilight of his career, and that is already evidenced by his diminishing importance at United.

With 1356 minutes played across all competitions this season, Mata is still a decent squad player but the arrival of fresh blood in the form of Fernandes could very well be the final nail in his coffin.

The 31-year-old is earning £8.32m per year on his current deal and if United parted ways with all three of the aforementioned players, they would save £30.68m a year in wages alone.

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