Five players might have four games to save their Manchester United careers

Man United face Lyon on Wednesday before flying to the US for three first-team friendlies, and Erik ten Hag will likely make a decision on who to sell by the time he lands back in Manchester.
Manchester United will step up their pre-season plans on and off the pitch this week, with Monday marking four weeks until their Premier League season kicks off.

United welcome Wolves to Old Trafford on Monday, August 14, but have a trip to the United States and several friendlies to look forward to first. They also have a mountain of transfer business to attend to, both in and out.

Erik ten Hag is close to reuniting with Andre Onana, and he still needs to secure a world-class No.9, but Financial Fair Play concerns mean some first-team fringe players will likely need to be sold. The Dutchman will also be minded to trim the fat off his squad and focus on quality over quantity.

15 players arrived at Carrington over the weekend and most will head across the pond later this week, but how many of them remain come September remains to be seen. Several Reds could be playing for their futures in the United States, and MEN Sport has taken a look at five of them.

Harry Maguire

Maguire has fallen considerably down the pecking order since Ten Hag's arrival and the subsequent signing of Lisandro Martinez last summer. Around half of his 31 appearances have come from the bench, with just 16 starts across all competitions.

The 30-year-old is attracting interest from Premier League sides and United are open to selling their captain, but their desire to recoup around £50million could prevent him from leaving. Ten Hag has previously stated he wants to keep Maguire and the decision ultimately falls at his feet.

Gareth Southgate has admitted his failure to nail down a starting place could affect his England spot, which is of particular concern in the build-up to the 2024 European Championship.

Anthony Martial

Martial actually managed to put together a good run of fitness after returning in April, but scored just three goals in 15 appearances and looked way short of his best. A world-class finisher is Ten Hag's priority this summer but concerns over Financial Fair Play mean only one will likely come through the door.

It leaves Martial with the chance to prove a capable support act, and nine goals during an injury-hit campaign last season is no mean feat. The French international's future will rest on whether Ten Hag can trust him over what will be another mammoth season.

Donny van de Beek

The best years of Van de Beek's career came under Ten Hag at Ajax but things just haven't worked out at United, with injury issues compounding the midfielder's inability to meet the standard at Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old has been back at Carrington since the start of pre-season but was not involved in last week's friendly against Leeds, instead undertaking an individual fitness programme as he continues his rehabilitation from a long-term knee injury.

Interest from Italy and lower down in the
Premier League is genuine, and United would be open to selling him to trim a bloated midfield.


Fred will cite an endless availability as a reason to keep him around, having played 56 times across all competitions - only David De Gea, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford matched or bettered that. But less than half of those came from kick off and only 12 starts came in the Premier League.

The Brazilian is of interest to Fulham and spoke to manager Marco Silva after the final day of last season. United will hope to bring in around £20million for their midfielder this summer, should they decide to move him on.

Anthony Elanga

Wide attack is a well-stocked area of the squad and Elanga is arguably at the bottom of the pecking order, falling further behind after Amad Diallo's return from Sunderland. The Swedish international played 26 times last season but started just seven of those, none of which came after January 10.

United have halved the winger's valuation to £10million as they plan for a probable sale, with Everton's interest resurfacing after a loan bid was rejected in January.

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