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Why did United let you go?

The 23-year-old’s deal was set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season, with no contract on the horizon.

Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last week that he was happy with the United player’s departure from the January transfer window so he could guarantee regular playing time elsewhere.

“He didn’t play enough, so of course he was allowed to speak at clubs, with the intention of leaving now in January,” he said. “It is difficult when you have good players, talented players and you cannot give them playing time.”

When did he last play for United?

Fosu-Mensah made his debut for United in February 2016, entering as a reserve in the 3-2 victory over Arsenal.

He then went on to loans at Crystal Palace and Fulham, but failed to win a regular spot on United’s starting lineup on his return.

He made only one Premier League appearance for the club this season – starting with the surprise 3-1 defeat by Palace in September.

Who else could leave United this month?

United triggered the one-year extension clause in Jesse Lingard’s contract at the beginning of the January window, but that doesn’t stop the 28-year-old from moving from Old Trafford.

But so far there is little concrete interest and both the club and the player would be satisfied if he stayed.

Solskjaer said this week that two or three players could leave United to get the regular football they deserve, but at the moment it seems unlikely that a loan or sale will be made this month to Lingard.

One of the clubs that has advanced to some extent is Sheffield United. Chris Wilder is looking for reinforcements from the Premier League to attempt a miraculous survival and talks have taken place. But Lingard is believed to be reluctant to fall in the relegation battle and is happy to wait for alternative offers.

What else do I need to know?

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Paula Fonseca