Ten Hag 'cuts' five defenders

English Premier League

Manchester United are reportedly ready to sell as many as five defenders who are not in Erik ten Hag's plans for next season.

With the new manager set to begin pre-season with his new team in the near future, the Red Devils are expected to overhaul the squad many accused of "severely underperforming" in the 2021/22 campaign.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the five United defenders who have reportedly been put up for sale!

With as many as five incomings expected to take place in this transfer window, the Manchester club is looking to balance the books and ensure the squad does not get too bloated. 

While Ten Hag is reportedly open to giving a clean slate to a number of players who found themselves on the fringes of the team last season, he has already identified some squad members he has no plans to rely on in the coming campaign. 

According to the Daily Mirror, five first-team defenders have been made aware that their futures lie elsewhere.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Brandon Williams and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been told their game time will be severely limited next season if they choose to stay at Old Trafford.

Eric Bailly is now reportedly also viewed as surplus to requirements after falling down the pecking order last season, as are Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe, who spent the previous campaign out on loan at Aston Villa and Napoli.

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With United having the worst defensive record among the top six teams in the Premier League in 2021/22, Ten Hag is believed to view the five abovementioned defenders as players who will not be able help him improve that issue.

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