What happened to the 40 players Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sold at Manchester United – Manchester Evening News

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will shortly begin his third full season in charge of Manchester United, after initially given the job on an interim basis in December 2018 after the club sacked Jose Mourinho.

Since then he has stamped his own mark on the club he played for between 1996 and 2007, reaching the final of last year’s Europa League and finishing second in the Premier League.

His style of play at United receives mixed views from pundits, supporters and neutrals, but the 48-year-old has proven he is the right man to bring the good times back to the Old Trafford faithful.

Solskjaer has also been given the green light to sign an array of players from Bruno Fernandes to Edinson Cavani.

However, there have been some big names departing the club under the Norwegian’s tenure with 40 players leaving in total since Solskjaer arrived in December 2018.

Here, MEN Sport goes through those first-team and academy players and what they are doing now:

The upcoming season will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's third full campaign with Manchester United. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
The upcoming season will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s third full campaign with Manchester United. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Marouane Fellaini – Shandong Luneng: Signed from Everton by David Moyes in 2013, the Belgium midfielder was the first major player to leave under Solskjaer’s reign with a move to the Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng five-and-a-half years later. He still currently plays his trade there.

Ander Herrera – Paris Saint-Germain: The Spaniard’s five year tenure at Old Trafford came to an end in July 2019 when he opted to join Ligue 1’s Paris Saint-Germain after his contract at United expired. Herrera signed a five-year deal with the nine-time French champions and is still part of their squad.

Antonio Valencia – Retired: The former winger turned full-back was a machine down the right-hand-side during his time with United. In 2019 he left Old Trafford to join L.D.U. Quito in his homeland of Ecuador, before eventually signing for Queretaro a year later. He hung up his boots in May at the age of 35.

Romelu Lukaku – Inter Milan: Criticised for his first touch but always a danger up top, Lukaku scored 42 goals in two seasons for United in all competitions. The Belgium forward came to Old Trafford as the ideal No.9 but was sold to Inter Milan in 2019. He was key to their Serie A winning campaign last year, netting 24 times.

Matteo Darmian – Inter Milan: After 92 appearances in four seasons in Manchester, Darmian returned to Italy joining Parma. After just a season with the club he signed for Inter Milan on loan last year and went on to help them lift the Serie A title. The 31-year-old’s temporary move was made permanent this summer.

Ashley Young – Aston Villa: A player who spent eight-and-a-half successful years at Old Trafford before departing in January 2020 for Inter Milan, Young was another player who began his tenure with United as a winger but shifted to a full-back in the latter stages. His role change would be key for his move to the Italian capital sealing a £1.5m move to Inter Milan for the second half of last season. He opted to not renew his contract with the Italian champions and instead joined the team he left for United, Aston Villa.

Ashley Young has rejoined Aston Villa after turning down a new deal from Inter Milan.
Ashley Young has rejoined Aston Villa after turning down a new deal from Inter Milan.

Alexis Sanchez – Inter Milan: The Chile international came to United to great fanfare, but never hit the heights. Sanchez, after a poor performance during the one-and-a-half years with the club, joined Inter Milan on an initial loan; the move was made permanent at the beginning of the last campaign.

Chris Smalling – Roma: A defender once dubbed the future of England and United, Smalling joined the club from Fulham in July 2010. He spent nine years in Manchester before he was loaned to Roma for the 2019-20 season. The Italian club were impressed with the centre-back’s display and opted to sign him on a permanent deal for £13.5m last year. He is still currently at the club, with Mourinho their new manager.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Bayern Leverkusen: The full-back never really got the opportunity to show his ability at United having made 30 appearances across six seasons. He left in January in search of first-team football joining Bundesliga outfit Bayern Leverkusen until 2024.

Marcos Rojo – Boca Juniors: Another player to leave on a free transfer, Rojo featured over 120 times for United during his six-and-a-half years with United. He became misfit in the squad under Solskjaer and left on a free transfer for Boca Juniors.

Sergio Romero – Free agent: The Argentine goalkeeper departed the club this summer after his contract expired. Romero fell out of favour with Solskjaer once Dean Henderson returned from his loan spell with Sheffield United and was demoted to third-choice. He now finds himself without a club.

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Several academy players have also left the club while Solskjaer has been in charge, they are listed below with where they are now:

Ro-Shaun Williams – Doncaster Rovers

Regan Poole – Lincoln City

Zak Dearnley – Oldham Athletic

Tom Sang – Cardiff City

Callum Whealan – Oldham Athletic

Matty Willock – Free agent

James Wilson – Port Vale

Matthew Olosunde – Preston North End

Tyrell Warren – Free agent

DJ Buffonge – NAC Breda

Callum Gribbin – Free agent

Millen Baars – Jong AZ

Joshua Bohui – Free agent

James Thompson – Free agent

Nishan Burkart – SC Freiburg

Lee O’Connor – Celtic

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – Burton Albion

Alex Fojtícek – Partizan Bardejov

Ethan Hamilton – Peterborough United

Demetri Mitchell – Blackpool

Demetri Mitchell celebrates Blackpool's promotion to the Championship last season.
Demetri Mitchell celebrates Blackpool’s promotion to the Championship last season.

Kieran O’Hara – Burton Albion

Largie Ramazani – Almería

George Tanner – Carlisle United

Aidan Barlow – Free agent

Dion McGhee – SC Braga

Angel Gomes – Lille

Ben Hockenhull – Brentford

Oliver Denham – Cardiff City

Ayodeji Sotona – Nice

Owen Dodgson – Burnley

Calen Gallagher-Allison – Burnley

Max Haygarth – Brentford

Luca Ercolani – Carpi

Lukasz Bejger – Slask Wroclaw

Harvey Neville – Fort Lauderdale CF

Johan Guadagno – Copenhagen

Jacob Carney – Sunderland

Mark Helm – Burnley

Iestyn Hughes – Leicester City

Oliver Kilner – Oldham Athletic

Joel Pereira – RKC Waalwijk

Arnau Puigmal – Almeria

Max Taylor – Free agent

Aliou Traore – Free agent

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