Date: 8th May 2022 at 1:00pm
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Manchester United’s disastrous season reached a new low on Saturday evening as they lost 4-0 to Brighton and Hove Albion in their penultimate game of the season. 

Ralf Rangnick’s side were humiliated on the south coast and are now unable to qualify for the Champions League.

The Red Devils look likely to finish sixth and qualify for the Europa League, but they could still slip down into seventh and have to settle for the Europa Conference League if West Ham win all three of their remaining matches.

Rangnick, who will hand over the reins at Old Trafford to Erik ten Hag after United’s final game of the season, has stated that there will be an overhaul this summer.

The German told Sky Sports that there could be as many as eight new faces in the United line up for the first game of next season.

“I mean, in the end football is pretty easy; you just need to win games and in order to do that it’s obvious with quite a few players whose contracts are expiring we need a number of new players,” he said.

Ronaldo looked dejected as United were thrashed by Brighton on Saturday

“There is already at least something like a number of players that are really top players for this club but as I said we need all the other areas. I suppose there will be six or eight new players. They should be top players to strengthen the quality of the squad.”

The likes of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic are all set to depart the club at the end of the season upon the expiry of their contracts.

Juan Mata and Phil Jones will also leave, and the pair, along with Matic, waved goodbye to fans at United’s last home match of the season against Brentford last week.

The Red Devils have been linked with a number of players in recent months, with a central defender, midfielder and striker all believed to be of high priority for the incoming Ten Hag.

Rangnick, who will step back into a consultancy role when Ten Hag arrives, revealed he has not yet spoken to the Dutchman.

“We haven’t spoken as yet but I can fully understand that both himself and myself that we should keep our focus on our current teams. Erik is leading the Dutch league and that’s what he will try to win, want to win the league with Ajax.

“We have agreed that we will speak at the end of the season and have a chat about all the things he wants to speak about.”

United’s final game of the season is against Crystal Palace.

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