Man Utd earmark January sales including Fosu-Mensah with Ighalo’s loan ending

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is one of four players who could leave Manchester United in January.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a bloated squad of 31 having only sold two players during the summer transfer window, and he will be keen to make some room on his already hefty wage budget.

As well as a selection of permanent players, Odion Ighalo is set to return to China at the expiration of his second loan deal at Old Trafford having dropped down the pecking order in recent months.

The list of departures could even lead to more incoming deals, most likely a replacement for Ighalo.

MEN have reported that as well as Ighalo’s loan ending and Fosu-Mensah being moved on, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Sergio Romero could be on their way out soon after the new year.

While Fosu-Mensah, 22, is out of contract in the summer, United are not likely to extend the contracts of Romero and Rojo who are not close to getting any game time.

Jones, who is under contract until June 2023, has not played for the club since January 26.

Despite a string of recent snubs Solskjaer felt the need to reiterate the importance of Ighalo at the club back in October by saying: “I think, as a team and club, we always want to get players in.

“I think Edinson [Cavani] coming in will try and do that to the Premier League, and we’ll give him time to adapt to this team and to get his sharpness and fitness back.

“We’ve had some very good performances from Odion and he is still a very important part of this squad.”

And said of Phil Jones later in the month: "Phil has been injured and he's had an operation and he's working really hard to be back. He'll hopefully get fit during December.

"That was a natural thing, when you're injured you can't really be in the squad, can you?

“He's working really diligently and he'll be coming back soon."

United take on West Brom after the break having secured a victory over Everton last time out.

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