It has been a long time since Manchester United was at the top of the Premier League. Nobody, realistically, could have expected that United, after such a weak start to the season, would manage to make such a series and practically become the club with the best form in the Premier League along with Liverpool, but after 16 games played, the Devils and Reds are in the first place.
What will happen in the continuation of the season is difficult to estimate, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plan is to keep this rhythm for as long as possible. In the meantime, the head of the professional staff of the Red Devils plans to seriously deal with the playing staff and to sell some players.
United currently has 35 players in the first team and the idea is to reduce the number to 29. That is, to find a new club for six players, some through a loan, some through a sale. Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Sergio Romero, Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, and Brandon Williams are at the exit door of United.
As announced, Solskajer will have a conversation with all of them this week in order to tell them their fate. Phil Jones has been struggling a lot with injuries in recent months, which is one of the reasons why he hasn't played a minute this season.
WBA, which is in an intensive search for a defender that would help their team, showed the greatest interest in him. Marcos Rojo returned from a short-term loan to Independiente this summer and since then he has only been training with the first team of United.
He has played only 45 minutes for United's youth since October, and the English media write that Steve Bruce is looking for him in Newcastle.
The two of them together have a 9.000.000 salary - Rojo received 4,600,000 euros (89,000 euros per week), and Jones almost 4,400,000 euros (83,500 euros)!
Jesse Lingard's contract was recently extended for a year by activating the clause, but that move was seen only as a maneuver for the club to earn some money from his sale. Lingard is completely out of all Solskjaer's plans this season because he collected only 99 minutes in two League Cup matches, and since his annual salary like Jones is almost 4,400,000 euros (83,500 euros per week), it is absurd to give so much money for someone who does not play.
It is a big question mark above Daniel James. He scored a goal in that 6-2 win over Leeds, but there are still too many oscillations in the game to be a standard United first-team player. That is why Solskajer's idea is to go on loan in order to further gain experience.
In addition, he received a round of 50,000 euros a week. A similar fate awaits Brandon Williams. Although he is Solskjaer's product, this season he almost did not play alongside Luke Shaw and Alex Telles, and he has a fabulous weekly salary of 72,300 euros. Newcastle, Southampton, and Bayer Leverkusen showed interest in Williams.