MANCHESTER UNITED have told six players, who will be out of contract in June, they can leave as free agents, reports suggest.
According to the Daily Mirror, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata, Tahith Chong and Lee Grant will all be on their way out in the summer.
However, the same doesn’t apply on other contract rebels, such as Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, Dean Henderson, Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly.
That is because the powers that be first want to wait until incoming manager Erik ten Hag takes over.
However, space must be made ahead of a reported transfer spree and the club wishes to initially start with those who are out of contract.
Ajax manager Ten Hag is the absolute favourite to assume duties at the Old Trafford hot seat.
And the Dutchman is planning several signings, with emphasis being put on a new midfielder and striker.
However, the 52-year-old will give every member of the squad a second chance to impress and start over at United, which is why the club is not keen on letting anyone else go.
The hierarchy hopes this will work as a catalyst for the team’s underperforming players to improve between now and the end of the season in order to impress Ten Hag ahead of his arrival.
Club legend Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a departure after a frustrating season and the same goes for Marcus Rashford.
Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are also facing an uncertain future, with reports suggesting only one of them may stay amid their intense battle of becoming the starting right-back.
The same goes for loan players, such as Brandon Williams, Andreas Pereira and Facundo Pellistri.
Mason Greenwood, on the other hand, is in a different category as he has been suspended indefinitely since being arrested on suspicion of rape, assaulting and threatening to kill a woman.