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What happened to the seven players sold by Solskjaer?

manchestereveningnews: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received praise of late for his success in the transfer market regarding player arrivals.

Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James, Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo have all either met or surpassed expectations at Old Trafford, with Fernandes and Ighalo in particular having a big impact since signing in January.

United’s squad is in a more promising shape than it was under Jose Mourinho – but that isn’t solely down to the players United have brought in.

Solskjaer has offloaded plenty of players too. Here, we’ve taken a look at those players and how they’re doing now.

Marouane Fellaini

Fellaini was never the most popular United player among supporters. For many, he came to symbolise everything that was wrong with the club post-Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mourinho liked him but Solskjaer had different ideas when he arrived and the Belgian was sold to Chinese side Shandong Luneng.

In 34 appearances there, he has scored 12 goals and assisted five.

Antonio Valencia

Valencia was, arguably, the Premier League’s best right-back a few years back but his demise was swift and United were right to allow his contract to run down last year.

He is back in Ecuador with LDU Quito and almost won a trophy with them in December as they reached the final of the Ecuadorian Serie A play-offs.

They lost to Delfin on penalties, with Valencia missing one of his side’s spot-kicks.

Ander Herrera

A player Solskjaer would no doubt have wanted to keep, Herrera joined PSG on a free transfer in the summer after United dithered over a new contract for the Basque.

He is not a first-team regular in Paris, though, having featured for just 993 minutes in all competitions all season.

Herrera did not make the matchday squad for either of their recent Champions League games against Borussia Dortmund.

James Wilson

Wilson finally left United for good last summer, making his loan move to Aberdeen permanent.

He did not score a single goal for the Scottish Premiership club in the opening half of the season, though, and joined Salford City in January.

After scoring twice on his debut for the Class of 92-owned club, he is without a goal in his last five games.

Ashley Young

Young copped plenty of flak towards the back end of his United career and much of it was unwarranted.

The former Aston Villa man was dependable in a number of positions and his attitude, unlike some of his teammates, could never be questioned.

He joined Inter Milan on a six-month deal in January and is said to be in line for a one-year extension so impressed has Inter boss Antonio Conte been with the 34-year-old’s form.

Matteo Darmian

A United player who never really looked like a United player – bar a few games at the beginning of his debut season.

Darmian’s Old Trafford stay lasted several years too long and, although he was still in his 20s when he left, the club received a pittance from Parma for the Italy international.

He is a regular for the mid-table Serie A club.

Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku will score goals wherever he goes and he had notched 23 in 35 appearances for Inter before the season ground to a halt.

Still, Solskjaer does not regret selling the Belgian as the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have stepped up in his absence.

There could yet be a reunion on the cards between Lukaku and his old teammates if United and Inter are pitted against each other in the Europa League when the season resumes.

Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are due to return to United when their respective loan spells at Inter Milan, Roma and Estudiantes are up at the end of the season. Roma are keen to keep Smalling permanently but Sanchez has struggled at Inter and is likely to be sent back. Rojo will have to take a sizeable pay cut to make his move to Estudiantes permanent.

Source: Published by manchestereveningnews

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