Manchester United will have to look carefully at the players they will sell in the upcoming transfer window.
The larger theme so far this campaign has been the lack of adequate options in many regions. Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been heavily reliant on his youth players to bridge the gap, regularly fielding the youngest Manchester United lineups in years altogether, there are positions where he is more hesitant at trusting academy graduates.
The standout positive in that regard has to be the manner in which Scott McTominay has absolutely made the midfield his own. However, this may now result in the exit of another central player.
According to MEN, Nemanja Matic is open to leaving Old Trafford in the January transfer window.
The Serbian midfielder has been out of first-team action for a long time now, partly due to injury woes, and partly due to the erstwhile brilliance of McTominay in his usual spot.
Fred has also emerged as a promising presence in the midfield pivot, albeit with less consistency than many would hope from a player of his potential and pricetag.
Further still, Matic may be encouraged to stay until the end of this season following which he can be released for free.
The former option is an attractive one given the thin availability of options for the side in a fixture list that will only get more crowded as the Mancunian outfit heads into further stages in the Europa League.
The return of Paul Pogba may be best incorporated by playing him as a no.10, which leaves academy graduate James Garner as the only replacement for Fred when form, fatigue, and injury begs it.
Matic, when first purchased, was the gamechanger for United’s tactics, with his holding midfielder role fitting like a glove in Jose Mourinho’s defensive style.
Now, he does appear like a player on his way out. It has to be mentioned, however, that United do have the option to trigger a one-year extension to his stay, an option that looks increasingly unlikely.