Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward pitched up at Carrington on Monday morning, as the Red Devils stepped up training ahead of their return to European action.
United face Austrian side LASK Linz in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 tie on Wednesday, already leading 5-0 on aggregate from the first leg.
The game at Old Trafford is expected to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer utilise his squad, offering fringe players the opportunity for minutes while handing key men further rest ahead of the last competition’s last eight in Germany, which begins next week.
And for some that may well represent an opportunity in the shop window, with Solskjaer looking to further strengthen in the current transfer window and move on some of his lesser lights.
Woodward and Solskjaer are in the process of finalising precisely who will stay and who will depart before the October 5 transfer deadline.
Woodward pitched up at 10:15am for talks with Solskjaer and his staff and to watch training as they seek to move forwards with he continued rebuild.
As the Red Devils push for further incomings, like Jadon Sancho, and a potential new centre-back, the likes of Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Diego Dalot, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are all set to exit if buyers can be found at the right price.
A pressing concern also revolves around Dean Henderson’s future, and what to do with the young ‘keeper after another fine season at Sheffield United.
Another conversation will involve the future of Chris Smalling, after a solid season in Italy with Roma.
His loan stay in the Italian capital has come to an end after United didn’t agree an extension for the Europa League this month.
Smalling is keen to remain at the Studio Olimpico, but he’s now in limbo, with no place in Solskjaer’s squad and Woodward holding out for £15million.
Smalling will return to Carrington to train, where he is expected to sit down with Solskjaer and club chiefs to find a resolution – until then, he can’t be used by United until next season.
There is also the Alexis Sanchez situation, with United's highest-paid player currently on loan with Inter Milan.
The Nerazzurri are keen to keep him, but are unwilling to take on his full contract – while United don't want to give him away for nothing, despite Solskjaer having little desire to bring him back into the Old Trafford fold.
Unlike Smalling, he can play for Inter in their Europa League clash with Getafe this week, while negotiations between United and Inter over continuing his stay at San Siro continue.
His loan expires on August 5 at midnight.
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