What happened to the 15 Manchester United players sold by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Change is on the horizon at Manchester United as they prepare to announce a permanent successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Several months have passed since the popular Norwegian was sacked and replaced on an interim basis by German coach Ralf Rangnick.

Moving forward, Erik ten Hag is the preferred candidate to take over and key figures in the Old Trafford boardroom have already held initial talks with the Ajax manager. A final decision is yet to be made and Ten Hag has another competition for the role including long-term target Mauricio Pochettino.

During his tenure, Solskjaer was widely praised for revamping the United squad. That included sanctioning a number of permanent sales. Here are the 15 players who left on his watch from him.

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Cameron Borthwick Jackson

Good enough to play 14 matches for the first-team, mainly under Louis van Gaal, Borthwick-Jackson headed to Oldham after he was deemed surplus to requirements at United and spent one season there before moving on, yet again. Currently with Burton, the defender has featured 30 times in League One this term.

Sold: August 2020 to Oldham (free transfer)

Matthew Darmian

Darmian spent four years at Old Trafford without really showing his ability. Since then, the defender has flitted between Parma and Inter Milan, where he remains competitive with 19 appearances at right-back during what has been a hugely-exciting Serie A title race this season.

Sold: September 2019 to Parma (€2.48million)

Marouane Fellaini

Technically it was Fellaini who was the first shown the door by Solskjaer. Now into the twilight of his career at 34, he is still with SD Luneng (Shandong Taishan) after moving directly to the Chinese Super League outfit in February 2019. Fellaini has since cut off those trademark curls, by the way.

Sold: February 2019 to SD Luneng (€7.2million)

Timothy Fosu Mensah

Now 12 months have passed since Fosu-Mensah embarked on his new adventure in Germany after leaving United. Injury has restricted him to six outings in the Bundesliga this season. Firstly it was a ruptured ACL and the Netherlands international has since been sidelined with a hamstring issue.

Sold: January 2021 to Bayer Leverkusen (€1.7million)

Andrew Herrera

Perhaps one of the few departures other United managers would have taken back in a heartbeat. Despite a star-studded array of talent in the Paris Saint-Germain dressing room, Herrera continues to start regularly. The 32-year-old is now approaching 100 games for the Parisians after reportedly turning down a Premier League return in January.

Sold: July 2019 to Paris Saint-Germain (free transfer)

Daniel James

In an eye-catching twist, James was sold by Solskjaer on deadline day last summer only days after being handed a start against Wolves. Not only that, his departure from him to bitter rivals Leeds paved the way for Cristiano Ronaldo to seal a grand return to United. James has eight direct goal involvements in the Premier League this season.

Sold: August 2021 to Leeds United (€29.1million)

Romelu Lukaku

Where to start with this one? A goal-packed spell at Inter Milan provided the catalyst for their first Serie A triumph in 10 years and, in turn, suggested United might have been wrong to sell Lukaku. However, the big Belgian has been unable to hit those heights since a jaw-dropping £97.5million return to Chelsea.

Sold: August 2019 to Inter Milan (€74million)

Joel Pereira

It has been a time for change between the posts at Old Trafford in recent years. David de Gea has rekindled top form and continues to be backed-up by Dean Henderson and Tom Heaton. As for Pereira, the Portuguese was one of two goalkeeping departures last summer along with Sergio Romero.

Sold: July 2021 to RKC Waalwijk (free transfer)

red frames

Rojo completed a welcome return home to Boca Juniors last winter. It seemed to be the best fit for all parties. Yet the 32-year-old was unavailable for several weeks after he was dished out a huge ban for his part in a tunnel brawl. Now back in action, Red has started six of the first games this term.

Sold: February 2021 to Boca Juniors (free transfer)



Chris Smalling has played 21 games in Serie A for Roma this season.

Sergio Romero

Released at the end of his contract, that decision marked the end of six years at the club for Romero. It took a little while for him to settle on a forthcoming adventure, too, but having signed for Venezia in October the Argentine has since played 16 games in Serie A, but has conceded a whopping 33 goals.

Sold: July 2021 to no club (released)

Alexis Sanchez

A curious and expensive case, as far as United were concerned. It initially a loan move to Inter Milan sealed in the summer of 2019, but forward enjoyed a much better time there than he ever did at Old Trafford and Solskjaer allowed him to rubber-stamp a permanent agreement.

Sold: September 2020 to Inter Milan (free transfer)

Chris Smalling

Similarly to Sanchez, the England defender first left Old Trafford for Serie A on loan in the summer of 2019, but there was to be no way back for him, either. Smalling came face to face with his former United teammates in the Europa League last season and, so far this, has appeared 21 times in Serie A following his meeting with Jose Mourinho in Rome.

Sold: October 2020 to Rome (€15million)



Steven Gerrard embraces his returning Aston Villa player Ashley Young.

Antonio valencia

Valencia was a popular figure during his decade-long stint at United. After that, though, it proved to be a swift fall from grace as he briefly represented LDU Quito (Ecuador) and Queretaro FC (Mexico), before opting to hang up his boots, aged 35, last summer. Overall I have played 339 games for United — and won two Premier League titles.

Sold: July 2019 to LDU Quito (free transfer)

james wilson

Wilson only left United in 2019, but has already represented three clubs since then. First signing for Aberdeen, he returned to the area with Class of 92-owned Salford. The 26-year-old touched down at Port Vale before this season and has netted seven goals for the League Two play-off contenders.

Sold: July 2019 to Aberdeen (free transfer)

Ashley Young

Underrated for large parts of his career, the former United winger nearly went full circle last summer when a move to first club Watford almost went through. However, the 39-cap England international opted to sign for another old employer, Aston Villa, instead. He offers vital experience and versatility to Steven Gerrard.

Sold: January 2020 to Inter Milan (€1.7million)

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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