Which Man Utd players should stay and who should go this summer?
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  • Date : Thursday 16 May 2024 10:09, UK
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Wayne Rooney says Manchester United should build around Bruno Fernandes, keep the young players and "get rid" of the rest.

There could be a huge overhaul at Old Trafford under Sir Jim Ratcliffe as United look to navigate tight financial constraints and a loss of Champions League revenues as they look to recover from what has been a below-par season under Erik ten Hag.

Speaking after his former club's 3-2 win over Newcastle, Rooney was asked which players he would build around moving forward. His answer stunned Sky Sports presenter Dave Jones.

"You have to build the team around Bruno [Fernandes], he is the one player with quality and he has fight in him," Rooney told Sky Sports. "[I'd keep] the young players. And then all the other players, get rid of them."

He added: "It has to be a massive clear out. It won't be in one year, but it's going to be in the next couple of years."

Asked about Marcus Rashford, Rooney said: "We all know Marcus has the ability to play at the top level. I just wonder if it's time for Marcus to go and play elsewhere. I don't know. He has to ask himself that question.

"I want him to stay and break records at this club. But he needs to get his head right, get his head down, work hard and get back to the player we know he can be."

Reports at the end of last month suggested United were prepared to sell the majority of their squad when the transfer window re-opened, with all but highly-rated trio Kobbie Mainoo, Alejandro Garnacho and Rasmus Hojlund available.

Earlier this month, Ten Hag played down talk of a summer clear-out of players but in Ratcliffe's first summer at the club, a busy transfer window is expected.

It could mean stars like Rashford and Fernandes are available for the right price, while players like Casemiro, Mason Mount, Harry Maguire and Antony could also be in line for exits.

On Tuesday, Raphael Varane announced he will leave the club in the summer upon the expiry of his contract, following three seasons at Old Trafford.

There has also been plenty of speculation about Ten Hag's future at the club. Will he continue his tenure as boss after a disappointing campaign?

It's time for you to have YOUR say!

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