Eight players leave Man Utd as Solskjaer’s drastic summer overhaul gets underway

Sergio Romero is one of eight players to be released by Manchester United.

Juan Mata and Lee Grant are both out of contract this summer and were set to leave, but have opened talks with United over new deals and will remain at Old Trafford for at least one more season.

Joel Pereira is another casualty with the 24-year-old goalkeeper being released after returning from his loan spell at Huddersfield.

The shot-stopper made only two appearances in the Championship last season and is now a free agent.

Manchester United have also released six academy players: Jacob Carney, Mark Helm, Iestyn Hughes, Arnau Puigmal, Max Taylor and Aliou Traore.

Mata, 33, started only 10 games in all competitions for United last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United have said goodbye to eight players

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Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained the Spaniard’s future is in his own hands after he scored for Man United on the final day of the Premier League season, in a win over Wolves.

Solskjaer said there would be an option for Mata to stay unless he wanted to leave in search of more first-team opportunities, and it appears the former Chelsea winger is keen to prolong his time at Old Trafford.

The decision to offer Grant, 38, a new contract is a little more surprising given he is third in the pecking order of goalkeepers at United, behind David de Gea and Dean Henderson.

Not only this but Manchester United have been linked with Tom Heaton in recent weeks and are expected to sign the 35-year-old shot-stopper from Aston Villa.

Young goalkeeper Paul Woolston has also been offered a new deal to remain at Old Trafford.

Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer met with Red Devils fans this week in a bid to build bridges following the club’s doomed European Super League venture.

The American promised future investment, and not just on the pitch, but behind the scenes too.

“Old Trafford is at the heart of Manchester United and while we have spent over £100m over the last 10 years on infrastructure projects, we will now accelerate the process of planning much more significant investment and upgrades to the stadium,” he said.

“Rest assured, we will consult with supporters throughout the process to end up with a result we can all be proud of. The same goes for our training ground.”

He added: “The commercial growth at the club has helped deliver the revenue which ultimately underpins that investment in a sustainable manner. That approach has allowed us to have among the highest net transfer spend in world football over the last five years and have one of the highest wage bills.”

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