Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have brought Champions League football back to Manchester United last season, but the Norwegian is still working to build a squad capable of competing for honours.
Semi-final defeats in the Europa League and FA Cup at the back end of the previous campaign showed United have weaknesses to address to challenge the top order again.
On first glance midfield did not appear to be the area of concern for Solskjaer but, nonetheless, United are now closing in on the £40million capture of Ajax's Donny van de Beek.
Donny van de Beek is closing in on sealing a £40million switch to join Manchester United
The club also have interest in Dayot Upamecano as they eye a partner for Harry Maguire
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is continuing to overhaul his side having finished third in 2019-20
It is an area United are well stocked in with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes near certain starters and so Van de Beek's arrival spells bad news for other midfielders in the squad.
Interest in RB Leipzig's star defender Dayot Upamecano would be another piece of Solskjaer's puzzle if he can prise the 21-year-old away from the Champions League semi-finalists this summer.
With both those deals in mind, as well as the return from loan of goalkeeper Dean Henderson, Sportsmail looks at the players who could be made surplus to requirements heading into a new campaign.FRED
Age: 27 Interest from: Galatasaray
In an already congested midfield, Van de Beek's arrival will spell bad news for a number of players, and it appears Fred could be among them.
Pogba and Fernandes look safe bets to be regulars in the side, as does Van de Beek, with Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay expected to be options for a deeper role screening the defenders.
Fred, who joined United from Shakhtar Donetsk in a £52m deal in 2018, improved immensely in his second season and became an ever-present with 48 appearances in 2019-20, 39 of which came from the start.
Fred made 48 appearances for Manchester United last season, getting regular game time
But in the Premier League, Fred worryingly featured in 29 games yet failed to register a single goal or assist. In a bid to lighten the goalscoring load on his front line, Solskjaer knows he can ill-afford to have a midfielder offering so little output offensively.
Fred is reportedly happy in Manchester, despite the impending switch of Van de Beek putting his future role under scrutiny, and so it remains unclear how keen he will be if Galatasaray solidify their interest.
According to Turkish outlet Fotomac, Galatasaray are monitoring his situation and are interested in acquiring the Brazilian on a loan with an option-to-buy.
He is under contract at Old Trafford until 2023 and does have value defensively having been the squad leader last season in passing accuracy (87.5 per cent) and interceptions per 90 minutes.
Fred's improvement was a step in the right direction but with a need for greater goalscoring threats all over the park, Van de Beek, four years Fred's junior, could push the Brazilian down the pecking order, or even out the door.
But in the Premier League he failed to produce a single goal or assist across the entire season
Age: 27 Interest from: West Ham, Everton
There is no disputing that in big moments Jesse Lingard has delivered for Manchester United. But, of late, the 27-year-old has found life tough at Old Trafford balancing issues off the field with such a reduced role in this ever-changing side on it.
Lingard has been at the club since the age of seven, held his nerve about getting his big break and has gone on to make more than 200 appearances for United.
Twenty starts across all competitions and 20 appearances from the bench showed the bit-part role he played.
He managed one Premier League goal from 22 appearances last season, adding zero assists. In 22 games he managed to create one 'big chance' as per the Opta metric.
His contract is up next summer and the England international could be moved on in the wake of the Van de Beek move to prevent him walking away for nothing in 12 months' time.
Jesse Lingard endured a difficult 2019-20 and Van de Beek's arrival could further limit his time
Age: 24 Interest from: Valencia
One of the biggest losers from the Van de Beek deal does appear to be Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira.
At 24 he is still developing. But with competition so intense for those midfield spots at United right now, developing doesn't quite cut it.
Given Van de Beek is a year younger and already proven in the Champions League and Pereira was in and out of the side in 2019-20, things look set to only get more peripheral if he does not depart this summer.
Pereira joined the club in 2011 at the age of 15 full of promise and expectation.
Andreas Pereira was once seen as a future star but he has struggled to kick on in the first team
He was given opportunities to seize a starting role last season by Solskjaer, winning 2,327 minutes of action.
He played a key role in the first half of last season but faded and dropped out of contention following the January arrival of Bruno Fernandes. Things are only likely to become even more difficult when