Man Utd release 15 players as contracts expire including Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia as Solskjaer starts to cut dead wood

MANCHESTER UNITED have confirmed they have released 15 players – including Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia.

The huge cull is the first sign of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's overhaul of the playing squad at the Red Devils.

Other names to be shown the exit include striker James Wilson and Matty Willock.

Herrera confirmed he was leaving the club after they decided against extending his deal. 

He arrived from Athletic Bilbao in 2014 and won the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.

And it has cleared the way for the 29-year-old to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

Club captain Valencia has ended a decade at Old Trafford after making just eight appearances this term. 


He played made 338 times in total, scoring 25 goals while lifting the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup.

Striker Wilson announced himself on the big stage in 2014 when he scored twice on his senior debut against Hull.

Despite being touted as one for the future, he struggled with loan spells at Brighton, Derby, Sheffield United and more recently Aberdeen.

With plenty of youngsters leaving, United did at least manage tocomplete the signing of ex-Swansea ace Daniel James.

Players released by Manchester United

Ander Herrera,

Antonio Valencia,

Regan Poole,

Zak Dearnley,

Tom Sang,

Callum Whelan,

Matty Willock,

James Wilson,

Matthew Olosunde,

Tyrell Warren,

DJ Buffonge,

Callum Gribbin,

Josh and Baars Bohui,

James Thompson

James has already kicked off his training regime at United – as he arrived in a £100,000 two-tone customised Range Rover on Friday.

Earlier this week, James turned up to training in a sleek Mercedes, proving he's a big petrol head.

James was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing as permanent United boss – proving the Norwegian will look to the future with young, homegrown players.

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