5 Man Utd players that could leave in January amid Paul Pogba contract situation

Manchester United had an extremely successful summer transfer window as Raphael Varane was brought in to solidify the defence, and Jadon Sancho signed from Borussia Dortmund after a long-term pursuit of the English winger.

The icing on the cake was the sensational homecoming of Cristiano Ronaldo, who re-signed for United after 12 years away from the club, and the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has already been announced as the Premier League player of the month for September.

Although United have been prolific when it comes to bringing players in, uncertainty remains about a number of stars that could potentially leave Old Trafford, with Paul Pogba being the standout asset that's future is up in the air.

The Frenchman's contract expires next summer, meaning that Pogba is free to speak with other club's as soon as January, but the midfielder isn't the only star that could be leaving Old Trafford in the near future.

Here Daily Star Sport looks at five United players that could leave the club in January…

Paul Pogba

Uncertainty remains around Pogba who started off the season in style, leading the Premier League in terms of assists with seven in just seven league games.

Pogba was re-signed for a then world-record £89million in 2016, after initially leaving the club for free in 2012, and could repeat this once more next summer after contract talks have stalled.

United remain keen on re-signing Pogba, who is seen as a key part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans moving forward, but the Frenchman's head may have been turned by Paris Saint Germain, who were interested in the midfielder during the recent transfer window.

PSG could make Pogba their latest free signing, after already bringing in Lionel Messi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos and Gianlugi Donnarumma for no cost, but on bumper wages.

United could attempt to sell Pogba in January in order to re-coup some of the club-record fee that they splashed out in 2016, but if the midfielder's future isn't at Old Trafford, it's likely that the Frenchman will leave on a free for the second time.

Donny van de Beek

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Donny van de Beek signed for United in 2020 after starring for Ajax amid a golden generation that saw the Dutch side reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Although the 24-year-old still has bags of potential, his move to United has been rather disastrous, and the Dutchman has been somewhat of an outcast since arriving in England.

The midfielder's recent touchline tantrum against Villarreal looks to be the final straw for van de Beek, who was warned by Solskjaer that he doesn't put up with "sulkers", making a potential move away in January more likely.

Everton and Roma expressed interest in van de Beek during the recent summer transfer window, and the Dutchman could look to leave the club on loan and emulate a similar career revival to Jesse Lingard, who sparked back into life last season after joining West Ham.

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani is also into the final year of his contract and has seen his number and position replaced by Ronaldo at United this summer.

The Uruguayan is well aware that he is very much a squad player under Solskjaer, and has time for one more major move in his career before hanging up his boots.

The 34-year-old started his first game of the season for United against Everton, but was replaced on the hour mark by Ronaldo, who is unlikely to be on the bench too often, and Cavani is free to speak to new clubs as soon as January.

Reports suggest that Cavani could head back to Italy, after starring for both Palermo and Napoli before signing for PSG in 2013.

Juan Mata

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Juan Mata signed for United from Chelsea back in 2014, and remains a fan-favourite following his seven-year service at Old Trafford.

The 33-year-old's contract also expires next summer, and the Spaniard's playing time continues to decrease every season, with another contract extension extremely unlikely.

Mata signed a new short-term deal this summer and rejected the chance to move, but is free to speak to new clubs in January and could now sign a pre-contract agreement, or be sold for a cut-price fee by Solskjaer before the end of the season.

The midfielder has been linked with a move back to Spain, where he made a name for himself with Valencia before making his way to the Premier League in 2011.

Jesse Lingard

Lingard revived his career last season as he joined West Ham on loan and became one of the Premier League's standout players, helping the Hammers qualify for Europe.

The midfielder was heavily linked with a permanent move to West Ham following his excellent loan spell, but opted to remain at Old Trafford and fight for his place.

Lingard has seen a slight increase in game time this season, but his ambitions are still yet to be fulfilled which could see the Englishman leave the club to guarantee first-team football.

West Ham are likely to be interested yet again, but a whole host of clubs are expected to be in for the 28-year-old.

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