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The Manchester United superstars who look set to be heading for the Old Trafford exit this summer

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While the January transfer window might have only slammed shut last week, many are already expecting what could be a hectic summer on the horizon at Old Trafford.

Picking up a 2-1 victory at home against Crystal Palace over the weekend, Manchester United appear to be cruising towards a much-welcomed Champions League return this season.

However, although the likes of Brazilian international Antony might have only arrived in Manchester last summer for a fee in the region of £81.3million, a few of Erik ten Hag’s stars look set for a move away in 2023.

With the former Ajax boss making it clear that he is desperate to bring a piece of silverware back to Old Trafford, a potential squad overhaul could be on the cards.

As ten Hag looks to build a squad that will be capable of mounting a genuine title charge down the line, we have taken a look at a few Manchester United superstars who could find their days numbered.

Harry Maguire

While ten Hag might have made it clear during the January transfer window that he wanted to keep Harry Maguire at Old Trafford, the England international has freefallen his way out of United’s first-team plans.

Heavily linked with a potential move to Aston Villa last month, the 29-year-old has endured a nightmare domestic spell over the past 24 months and has only found himself under a huge amount of scrutiny.

Although the one-time Leicester defender might have continued to cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, Maguire has failed to stake any kind of claim since ten Hag arrived in Manchester last year.

Watching World Cup-winner Lisandro Martínez make an immediate impact after arriving at Old Trafford this season, Maguire has come tumbling down ten Hag’s pecking order.

Not making a single Premier League start since United claimed a 3-0 victory at home against Bournemouth on January 3rd, it appears that the 53-cap international has accepted his future lies elsewhere.

The Mirror reported over the weekend that United have already informed Maguire that they are willing to accept a potential offer come the end of the season.

Scott McTominay

Once again missing out in Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace after picking up a slight knock last month, Scott McTominay certainly faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford.

While the Scotland international might have played a crucial role under former interim boss Ralf Rangnick last season, the 26-year-old finds himself in a very similar position to Maguire.

With Brazilian ace Casemiro only continuing to take the Premier League by storm since arriving in England last summer, McTominay has struggled to make much of an impact under ten Hag on either side of the World Cup break.

Making just a single top-flight start since returning from the festive interval, United’s homegrown star has also seen the likes of Christian Eriksen overtake him on ten Hag’s midfield list.

With continued reports over recent weeks that the former Ajax boss is keen on signing England ace Declan Rice this summer, McTominay finds growing speculation over his long-term future in Manchester.

In fact, much like Maguire, The Daily Mail reported on Saturday that the Scottish midfielder is facing the Old Trafford exit in 2023.

Anthony Martial

While Anthony Martial might have opened February with an EFL Cup strike against Nottingham Forest, the former Monaco starlet has endured an injury nightmare since arriving at Old Trafford back in 2015.

Suffering yet another setback and missing out over the weekend, Martial is another big-name star who could be heading out of Manchester this summer.

With it suggested that ten Hag has his sights set on making an audacious swoop for Tottenham talisman Harry Kane when the window reopens, the 27-year-old has failed to find a regular spot under the Dutch tactician.

Spending last season on loan at Spanish outfit Sevilla, it appears that the French forward could be inching towards a permanent move away from Old Trafford in 2023.

Recording just three Premier League strikes this season and making just a pair of top-flight appearances since opening the New Year, The Sun reported over the weekend that United are keen on getting Martial off their wage bill.

Losing his place to both Marcus Rashford and loanee Wout Weghorst, Martial himself could also be open to a new adventure away from Manchester.


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan



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