• Manchester United might see an exodus of frustrated talent this summer
  • Giving way to the young stars will allow Manchester United a sense of consistency
  • Whoever takes over for Ralf Rangnick next summer has an opportunity to establish his own brand of football at Old Trafford

By the time next season rolls around, the Manchester United front line may look drastically different with a minimum of five players potentially exiting the club in search of more consistent playing time elsewhere.

The Manchester Evening News names the five players who may surely be on the transfer list and they are: Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Cristiano Ronaldo, to a certain extent.

Lingard’s inclusion on the list is of no surprise to anyone as he has been one of the most, if not the most, vocal among them to be angling for an exit away from Manchester United in search of first-team opportunities elsewhere.

The English winger was thought to have secured a larger role this season after a strong resurgence with West Ham United last season, but then manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer practically froze him out of the rotation as his frustration grew.

Cavani will be turning 35 years old when his contract expires next summer and Ronaldo’s arrival has put him in a bit of a bind, though the pair did play well together in their 3-0 victory over the Tottenham Hotspurs back in October.

The Uruguayan striker had to be persuaded to consider going long-term with them, which led to his one-year deal containing an option to extend his stay.

Pogba is an unknown quantity right now since his contract runs until the summer of 2022 but looks to be completely 50/50 on committing to either side.

The running thought is that he will take a stab at interested teams in the January transfer window and gauge which teams would consider doing a pre-signing of him then.

Martial’s camp was on the receiving end of a stern public reprimand from new manager Ralf Rangnick, asking them to talk to him directly if they want their client to leave.

As for Ronaldo, the 36-year-old generational talent has been fending off Father Time admirably this season, but as he inches closer to 40, he will understandably drop off slowly.

With those four players, and Ronaldo aging gracefully into retirement, potentially gone, it opens up a ton of playing time for future stars Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho to cement themselves as Manchester United legends.

Whoever takes over the club for Rangnick next summer will have a ton of world-class players to work with, and it remains to be seen who Rangnick will deem worthy of continuing to don the red jersey for the next gaffer.