Man Utd told to keep just three players this summer – not including Ronaldo

Manchester United should be seriously considering the futures of all but three of their players in the summer transfer window, according to Mark Bosnich.

Erik ten Hag ispoised to become United’s new managerthis summer and the club are ready to begin an overhaul of the squad to back the Dutchman. While the likes of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani are all expected to leave when their current contracts expire, they are far from the only players facing uncertain futures.

United are going to finish a fifth successive season without silverware and the arrival of Ten Hag to take over from interim boss Ralf Rangnick will trigger a club-wide reassessment. Ten Hag has been seeking assurances from the club’s hierarchy that his demands will be met before he leaves Ajax.

The 52-year-old is understood to want backing in the transfer market and former United goalkeeper Bosnich thinks the club will have to be extremely busy, with only a trio of players assured of their futures at Old Trafford.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise there is a lot of dead wood there, a lot of players who have been there for a long time and seen off a lot of managers,” he said ontalkSPORT. “As far as I’m concerned, if I come in there and I see that, I’m like, ‘Listen – it’s time to move on’. I think the more important thing at this moment in time is who the new manager is going to keep.

“Out of those players you’ve been watching this season, David de Gea has been their best player over the last four or five seasons, Bruno Fernandes, definitely, and I would keep Raphael Varane. Everyone else, you’d have to say, is up for discussion.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 18 goals in 33 appearances for United this season since re-joining the club from Juventus in the summer. Bosnich has plenty of praise for the Portuguese striker’s output in front of goal, but the fact he is now 37 years old may count against him this summer.

“There’s obviously the Ronaldo situation, which needs to be resolved one way or the other,” Bosnich said. “As far I’m concerned, he’s done his job. He was brought in to score goals.

“People will say recently he hasn’t scored many, but recently the team haven’t played well at all, they haven’t provided the service. He has done exactly what he was brought in for – which is to score goals. Can the other positions on the pitch say the same thing? No, they can’t.”

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