Pogba and the Man Utd players leaving on a free transfer this summer

James Shearman Updated: 13 May 2022 22:30 CEST 4 min read
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba

Manchester United are expecting to complete an overhaul of the first-team squad in the summer transfer window, after a number of player's contracts expire.

Erik ten Tag is going to take over from head coach Ralf Rangnick upon the completion of the 2021-22 season, having the entirety of the window to rebuild the team.

And there are likely to be a number of incomings given the players that are leaving on free transfers.

In fact, six senior members of the squad are heading into the final weeks of their deals, including club-record signing Paul Pogba.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United in 2016, on the back of an excellent four seasons in Serie A for Juventus.

The £89 million man has failed to live up to expectations, however, with his best form since the move coming on international duty with France.

He has really underwhelmed this season, ever since the 5-1 opening day win over Leeds, and the Red Devils won't miss the 29-year-old once he leaves.

Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard showed his quality on loan at West Ham last season, registering nine goals and four assists in just 16 Premier League games.

However, a huge factor in that was the confidence that came from playing week-in week-out.

At United, he has never been afforded that opportunity, and never will be, which means it is time for him to leave for pastures new.

Juan Mata

Juan Mata won Chelsea's player of the season award two years running before then-manager Jose Mourinho decided to let him go to Man Utd.

As such, the Spaniard arrived at Old Trafford with plenty of expectation but has failed to replicate the form he displayed at Stamford Bridge.

Now 33 years of age, Mata's time to return to his best has run out and he is likely to move on to a team in La Liga.

Nemanja Matic

Another ex-Chelsea player, Nemanja Matic developed into one of the Premier League's best central midfielders in west London.

Yet, again, he never hit those heights in a United shirt, although he has been a decent servant in his five years at the club.

The Serbian international has been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho's Roma once his contract expires.

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani's move to Manchester United can be deemed a success, as in his debut season he scored 17 goals in 21 starts in all competitions.

However, the return of Cristiano Ronaldo has limited his gametime in the 2021-22 campaign, making just 14 appearances in the Premier League.

He has also experienced several injury problems which, at the age of 35, does not bode well going forward.

Lee Grant

39-year-old Lee Grant wouldn't have expected to play much at Old Trafford, but just two appearances in three seasons is surely a personal disappointment.

Even though Dean Henderson is expected to leave this summer, Tom Heaton will assume back-up duties, meaning Grant's place is in the squad is unnecessary.