Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag gets ruthless again as two stars are told to exit Old Trafford

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag gets ruthless again as two stars are told to exit Old Trafford


Erik ten Hag has been unafraid to release a number of Manchester United players as exit transfers are being planned.
Erik ten Hag has once again demonstrated his ruthlessness by reportedly informing Eric Bailly and Brandon Williams that they are free to depart Manchester United on permanent transfers. Both players were not included in the squad that defeated Wolves 1-0 in the Red Devils’ season-opening Premier League game and could join the list of players cut by the Dutch manager.

According to the Manchester Evening News, both players have been informed that they can leave Old Trafford if suitable offers are made. The shirt number of the Ivory Coast defender has been revoked, and Williams has been advised that it would be in his best interest to depart Old Trafford in search of regular playing time.

While fellow forgotten man Donny van de Beek continues to negotiate a permanent move with La Liga side Real Sociedad, Ten Hag seeks to trim his squad before the transfer window closes in two weeks.

A year ago, the manager banished Williams, Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe, Teden Mengi, and Shola Shoretire from the United dressing room, along with four other stars. Jones and Tuanzebe have since left on free transfers, while the other three have struggled to make an impression on Ten Hag and penetrate into the first team.
The most prominent victims of Ten Hag’s ruthlessness have been Cristiano Ronaldo and David De Gea, as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was swiftly discarded by the then-new manager. The Dutchman demoted Ronaldo to a rotation option, which so enraged the striker that he scheduled an interview with Piers Morgan to relieve before the club terminated his contract.

This summer, De Gea was reportedly offered terms on a new contract as his current deal was expiring. However, the club reportedly reneged and, despite agreeing in principle to an extension, attempted to backtrack and only present a contract with a drastically reduced salary, despite the fact that the Spanish goalkeeper was already willing to take a pay cut.

It remains to be seen whether Bailly and Williams suffer the same fate as Ronaldo and De Gea, as the Portuguese striker now plays for Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia and the former Manchester United goalkeeper is currently a free agent.

Bailly to leave Old Trafford

Bailly is purportedly attracting interest from Saudi and Turkish clubs, while Leeds have reportedly targeted Williams in their quest to return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

He would reunite with Daniel Farke after spending the 2021/22 season on loan with the German manager at Norwich.

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag gets ruthless again as two stars are told to exit Old Trafford