Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could sell three Sir Alex Ferguson favourites in summer

This summer is sure to be an important phase in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United rebuild. The Red Devils are keen to make a splash when the transfer window reopens, with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Jude Bellingham all on their radar. But they could also spend the off-season selling several players.

And it’s possible that the last three servants of the Ferguson era will be shown the door.

Nobody is really expecting David De Gea to learn but it’s something that can’t be ruled out. The Spain international has looked a shadow of his old self and it could be best, from a business perspective, that they cut ties.

Chris Smalling has done well at Roma, with some at United believing the decision to loan him out was wrong.

But it’s looking increasingly likely that he, another of Ferguson’s last title-winning side, will be forced out.

And then there’s Phil Jones. A cat with nine lives, Solskjaer is certainly ready to get rid of the England international this summer.

Express Sport will now take a look at why it’s possible the three players could all leave Old Trafford for new challenges elsewhere.

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David De Gea

United don’t really want to sell De Gea. Sure, he’s made mistakes this season, but Solskjaer still believes he’s got one of the best goalkeepers in the world at his disposal.

Yet a departure can’t be entirely ruled out.

Dean Henderson wants to be No 1 when he returns from his loan spell at Sheffield United. If that wish isn’t granted, Chelsea, PSG and Tottenham could all try and snap him up.

There’s been talk of another loan spell at Sheffield United but, if Henderson turns that down, that would give United a dilemma.

They’ve perhaps already seen the best of De Gea and, in Henderson, they possess a goalkeeper on the up.

Real Madrid still admire the United goalkeeper and if there’s a chance of cut-price deal, they could be interested.


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Chris Smalling

As touched on above, there are some at United who felt sorry for Smalling when he was loaned out last summer.

But if the England international was unhappy he’s certainly not shown it, shining for Roma and loving every minute of his Italian adventure.

United aren’t expected to give Smalling another chance to prove himself.

And Arsenal and Tottenham are both on red alert.

Roma would love to sign Smalling permanently but United’s asking price of £30million makes that difficult.

Phil Jones

When Ferguson retired, he tipped Jones for the top. The very top.

“Jones, arguably the way he is looking, could be our best ever player,” the Scot said upon quitting Old Trafford seven years ago.

“I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, not matter where we play him. At 21 years of age, he is going to be a phenomenal player. I think he can play anywhere on the pitch.”

Except that hasn’t been the case.

Jones has never been the same since Ferguson walked away, struggling under Solskjaer, Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes in the years that have followed.

And if United are able to get him off the books, Solskjaer will be a happy man. 

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