Several Manchester United players could determine their own transfer fate in tonight’s Europa League final on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils face Villarreal in Gdansk this evening for a chance to become European champions and round off their season on a high.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will no doubt already be thinking ahead to next season, with a busy transfer window to set ensue in the coming months.
There could be plenty of departures at Old Trafford as Solskjaer looks to fine tune his squad, with several players linked with big-money moves.
Here are four players who could save themselves from being sold this summer with a performance to remember in the final.
David de Gea
One of the biggest transfer sagas at United this summer is set to be the battle to become No. 1 between David de Gea and Dean Henderson.
De Gea is expected to be between the sticks tonight, and a strong performance would certainly make it hard for Solskjaer to think about selling him.
That being said, Henderson has barely put a foot wrong in his first full season with the first-team, so it’s going to be an incredibly tough call to make.
Without Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly is in line to start alongside Victor Lindelof against his former club.
The Ivorian recently signed a contract extension, but hasn’t always found game time easy to come by, so will know a solid showing will certainly show he is up to the task.
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United are expected to sign another centre-back this season pushing Bailly further down the pecking order, which he says may leave him looking for a “solution”.
Fred continues to divide opinion among fans and pundits, with Roy Keane and Paul Scholes both highly critical of the Brazilian in recent weeks, even though he’s showed marked improvement from his first couple of years at the club.
The £52m midfielder has failed to live up to that price tag, and with two years left on his contract, it could be time to think about cashing in on him before he loses any more value.
Despite an injury scare, Fred should start alongside Scott McTominay in the midfield pivot, and if he turns up in the right mindset, he could book his place as a regular starter for next season.
Paul Pogba is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract this summer, not an ideal scenario for a player who has frequently talked about moves away from the club in the past.
The France international has shown some of his best form in a United shirt this season, and on his day, Pogba can completely dominate football matches on his own.
Pogba could start on the left-wing tonight, where he has excelled at times over the last few months, and give Solskjaer a real conundrum for next season, as well as opening up the door to potential contract talks in the coming weeks.