Manchester United set to release Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe, and other players in summer clear-out

16 May, 2023

Manchester United is set to release several players from its team at the end of the current season, including Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe, who have both struggled with injuries and lack of playtime. Jones, who is 31 years old, has only started two games in the last three years, mainly due to a knee injury. Tuanzebe, who is 25 years old, has not played for the club since the Europa League final in 2021.

Jones has been absent from training the entire season, and his last visible session at Carrington was on May 20. Despite signing a new contract in February 2019, he has only started 16 times for the club and was substituted at half-time in five of them. Tuanzebe’s season was also marred by injuries, and his loan to Stoke City in the Championship only saw him play five times. His brother and representative, Dimitri, was at United’s Carrington training complex last month to seek clarification on his future. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from NextBet

Northern Ireland midfielder Ethan Galbraith, who is currently on loan at League Two side Salford, has also been informed that he will be let go at the end of his contract. Academy goalkeeper Ondrej Mastny and Charlie Wellens are also likely to be let go after short loans with Portadown and Oldham Athletic. The future of Spanish striker Mateo Mejia is also uncertain.

In addition to releasing these players, United will have to decide whether to extend the contract of the number two goalkeeper, Tom Heaton, who has recently resumed full training after a foot injury. Nathan Bishop, who was signed from Southend United in January 2020, is also approaching the final month of his deal. The 23-year-old reserve goalkeeper has never played for the club. Get all the latest updates from the Premier League only on NextBet Sports.