Manchester United are losing £365,000 a week on wages for unwanted players in their bloated squad, reports NEIL CUSTIS.
They enter the final day of the transfer window having been unable to get sell Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rojo, Chris Smalling or now third choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
Only Smalling looked close to getting a move away from Old Trafford after a successful season on loan at Roma.
The Serie A club wanted him permanently, but are refusing to meet United’s £16million asking price having offered £12million.
At 28, Phil Jones should be in the prime of his career. Yet he always seems to be injured and when he is fit Solskjaer does not trust to play him, making his new contract of £75,000 a week until 2023 seem nonsensical.
Jesse Lingard has only played in the two Carabao Cup fixtures this season and then it was only for nine minutes against Brighton last week.
He is sitting on a £100,000 a week contract that still has a year to run.
Romero on £50,000 a week is now third choice goalkeeper since Dean Henderson has returned.