Cristiano Ronaldo, as he has done for the entirety of his career, stole the headlines earlier in July when he requested a move away from Manchester United to play in the Champions League, a tournament that he has truly dominated.
But his is not the only face that might not be seen in the red half of Manchester next season, with a whole host of players potentially on their way out of the club, too.
14 players in fact could be on their way out this summer in what looks set to become a mass Old Trafford exodus in the Portuguese legend’s wake.
Once touted as England’s best defensive right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka finds himself slipping further down the pecking order at United.
He has now lost his starting position to Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot, and although he would give ten Hag a strong back-up option, he could occupy a slot better used by a younger player who can still improve.
And it is unlikely that he will be prepared to simply be a stand-in. If he is to leave this summer then the club will surely want to recoup a fair amount of the £50million fee they paid Crystal Palace for his services back in 2019.
The Ivory Coast international looks set to leave the club this summer, and his services had been touted for as little as £8.5million earlier this window. A multitude of injuries and inconsistency robbed him of a place in the side, and he has only played 45 times in the Premier League in five seasons.
His race at United looks run, especially with Lisandro Martinez, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane all ahead of him in the pecking order.
Phil Jones has a similar problem to Bailly, with a wealth of centre-back options ahead of him in the running for a starting spot. The 30-year-old has a year left on his contract but after ten years at the club he has been made available for transfer by ten Hag, and he has even drawn tentative enquiries from Wayne Rooney’s DC United.
Once described as the greatest player Sir Alex Ferguson had seen train, Jones will leave United as one of only a handful of players to have tasted Premier League glory.
After arriving on transfer deadline day 2020 Amad Diallo has played only three Premier League games, spending last season on loan at Europa League finalists Rangers, scoring three in 13 games.
The Ivory Coast international does not look to be in the Dutch manager’s plans for the next season, but will be grateful that his stock has not taken too much of a hit during his quiet spell at United when looking for a new club.
In much the same way, Facundo Pellestri will perhaps be thankful that he has had little to do with United’s record-breaking poor season last time out, spending the last two seasons at Alaves. However his spell has been less successful, failing to score or assist in 34 appearances, so he may find it somewhat harder to convince potential suitors of his abilities.
Another young United player returning from loan, Brandon Williams has found an extra body ahead of him in the queue for a starting spot in Tyrell Malacia, the club’s first signing of the window.
Williams looks unlikely to be in ten Hag’s project, with Malacia, Alex Telles and Luke Shaw all ahead of him, and this will surely be the summer that he leaves the club for good, rather than on a temporary basis, if he is to get regular football at a crucial stage of his career.
Dutch right-winger Tahith Chong is an academy graduate at United, but has only gone on to make 16 first team appearances, and is yet another perennial loanee who is expected to be loaned out once more this summer.
He could have a chance to add to his impressive list of clubs, including Birmingham City, Club Brugge and Werder Bremen. He is still only 22 years old but has just one year left on his contract.
Centre-back Teden Mengi joined Chong at St. Andrews last season, but was sidelined for much the spell by injury, and will most likely join him in being loaned out again this summer due to his age and his contract not running out until 2024.
The 20-year-old had previously made a couple of appearances for United when Solskjaer was in charge, and although the academy graduate is strong and mobile, unlike some of United’s other defenders, he is way too far down the pecking order to be close to breaking into the side.
Ethan Laird spent last season on two successive fruitful loan spells in the Championship at Swansea and then Bournemouth, and that has translated into minutes on United’s pre-season tour, most recently against Melbourne Victory.
Although the Red Devils have fewer right-backs than centre-backs, it is unlikely that he will be kept at the club for another season to waste away on the bench when he could be developing his game further. Interest in his services is thought to be high and he looks set for another loan spell.
Right-winger Shola Shoretire was not included in ten Hag’s 31-man pre-season touring party, but this was a rare case in which that is a compliment. As one of the club’s most highly-regarded academy prospects, he is thought to be attracting plenty of interest and the club are interested in loaning him out this season for valuable first-team experience.
At 18 years old, he is already valued at £3.6m by transfermarkt, which is indicative of the bright future he has ahead of himself, and could find himself turning out for a Championship side next season.