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Manchester United’s squad after transfer deadline day

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Manchester United are expecting more outgoings than incomings on what is set to be a quiet transfer deadline day at Old Trafford.

Unlike last January, when Bruno Fernandes joined and made an immediate impact at United, there was no great need for the Reds to make any major signings mid-season this year, particularly with the summer window having only shut in October.

It means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the luxury of already pretty much knowing how his squad will look for the second half of the season.

Here is how United’s squad will likely look after transfer deadline day.

Goalkeepers

It is as you were in terms of goalkeepers, with David De Gea set to remain first-choice and Dean Henderson as back-up.

Lee Grant remains third-choice keeper.


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There is no space in the Reds’ 25-man Premier League squad for Sergio Romero, but it remains to be seen whether he will depart Old Trafford on deadline day.

Defenders

Marcos Rojo is the most high-profile departure from United’s defence.

The centre-back is expected to tie up a deal to move back to his native Argentina with Boca Juniors.

That will create a space in United’s 25-man Premier League squad but it is unclear whether this will be filled.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams will be able to play at right-back, with Williams being kept at the club following the departure of Timothy Fosu-Mensah to Bayer Leverkusen.

Following Rojo’s exit, the centre-backs will be Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe.

Teden Mengi is set to join Derby County on loan but has only featured in the bench in EFL Cup ties this season.

Luke Shaw and AlexTelles will be able to play at left-back, with Williams also able to feature there if needed.

Phil Jones is expected to stay at the club but, having missed out on United’s 25-man Premier League squad in the summer due to injury, may well be excluded again.

Midfielders

The most notable departure in midfield is Jesse Lingard, who has gone on loan to West Ham having not played in the Premier League this season.

Other than that, it is pretty much as you were in terms of United’s midfield.

Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay all provide Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with defensive midfield options.

Looking further up the pitch, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek can all be used.

Forwards

This is the one area United have added to in January, with Amad Diallo completing his move to Old Trafford.

Diallo does not occupy a spot in the Reds’ 25-man Premier League squad as he is under-21.

Facundo Pellistri was in a similar position at the start of the season but has now gone out on loan for the second half of the campaign.

Diallo can play on the right wing, where he will compete with Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Juan Mata.

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Rashford and Greenwood are also able to play as a striker or on the left, giving Solskjaer a plethora of options to choose from in forward areas.

Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial can also lead the line up front.

Martial, like Rashford and Greenwood, can also play on the left wing, where Daniel James will also compete for a position.

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