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Manchester United are preparing for a summer overhaul that could see five players leave Old Trafford, sources have told ESPN FC.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, appointed permanent manager on a three-year deal, is set to shake-up his squad regardless of whether or not his team finish in the top four.

Club captain Antonio Valencia, 33, will depart on a free transfer after 10 seasons while Matteo Darmian, who has not started a Premier League game since December, is keen to return to Italy. Juventus and Inter Milan are among the clubs interested in signing the defender.

There are also growing concerns that both Ander Herrera and Juan Mata could leave for nothing when their contracts expire in the summer.

United are still in negotiations with both players but have so far refused to meet their demands and if the stand-off continues, they will become free agents on June 30.

There are also doubts about the futures of defenders Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly while Solskjaer will be given the final say about whether or not to listen to offers for Alexis Sanchez, who has struggled since his move from Arsenal in January 2018.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Paul Pogba is not for sale at any price. United's usual approach to the summer transfer window is to work on bringing in three new players but sources have told ESPN FC they are willing to change their plans if there is an exodus from Old Trafford at the end of the season and more new faces are required.

It means the squad could go through its most extensive overhaul since Louis van Gaal signed six players and sold eight in 2015.

Solskjaer has already held discussions with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about his summer targets. Further meetings are planned with the recruitment team to narrow down the list of potential signings before May with a right-back, centre-back, right winger and two midfielders all on the agenda.

LONDON -- Callum Hudson-Odoi marked his first Premier League start with an assist and a bright display as Chelsea cruised past Brighton, 3-0, to boost their top-four hopes and ease the pressure further on Maurizio Sarri.


Sarri picked the team many Chelsea fans wanted and they rewarded him. Hudson-Odoi tormented Brighton from the right flank, creating the breakthrough goal for Olivier Giroud, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek also grew in influence and capped his performance with a second-half screamer.


There were signs in a turgid opening half-hour that Sarri's system may have its limitations against a team as organised and defensively focused as Brighton, and it took individual talent to break them down in the end. Fan frustration with Sarri has not gone anywhere; expect it to surface again at the next setback.

Manager rating out of 10

8 -- Sarri picked a popular starting XI, which helped buy some patience as Brighton stubbornly resisted in the first half, but also the right one. On current form, Hudson-Odoi and Giroud should be in his strongest XI going forward, while Loftus-Cheek also strengthened his claim to play on the left of the midfield three.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Kepa Arrizabalaga, 6 -- Was a glorified spectator as Brighton failed to muster a single shot on target. Used the ball well under very little pressure and did whatever was expected of him, but this might have been his easiest day's work since joining Chelsea.

DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 6 -- Aside from one worrying moment when Yves Bissouma jinked around him on the byline, he defended solidly and also combined slickly with the lively Hudson-Odoi going forward. His crosses were not as good as usual or as Giroud would have liked, but they weren't needed.

DF Andreas Christensen, 7 -- Read the few moments of danger Brighton created calmly and handled Florin Andone with a minimum of fuss. Passed well out of defence, though perhaps not as incisively as Sarri is looking for, but deserves credit for the fact that Antonio Rudiger wasn't missed on his night off.

DF David Luiz, 7 -- Avoided any of the dodgy moments that characterised his display against Cardiff City at the weekend and marshalled Christensen with his usual confidence. Produced one or two passes that caused panic in the visiting defence, but generally took a back seat to let Jorginho run the show.

DF Emerson Palmieri, 6 -- Had a couple of nice moments where Hazard found his overlapping runs with neat flicks, though the quality of his crossing was disappointing. His occasionally erratic positioning wasn't tested by a Brighton team that rarely ventured out of their own half.

MF N'Golo Kante, 8 -- Marked his 100th Premier League appearance with the kind of all-round performance that reminded everyone what was missing against Cardiff. Bailed out Jorginho a couple of times when Cardiff threatened to break, surged forward and even had time to miss a sitter before the end.

MF Jorginho, 8 -- He may not get credit from some Chelsea supporters who have made up their minds about him, but he was excellent here. Constantly looked to pass forwards, found Hudson-Odoi and Hazard in good positions time and again and put his team in a position to create as well as dominate.

FW Callum Hudson-Odoi, 8 -- All eyes were on him but pressure does not seem to faze this 18-year-old. Tormented the Brighton defenders assigned to mark him over and over on the right flank, beating Anthony Knockaert twice with excellent skill -- the latter moment creating Giroud's goal.

FW Olivier Giroud, 8 -- Provided the focal point that Gonzalo Higuain has so often failed to do recently. Few of his lay-offs connected in the early exchanges but the ones that did got Chelsea driving forward, and he converted Hudson-Odoi's inviting cross in expert fashion. Does all the little things to make his team better.

FW Eden Hazard, 8 -- Lashed one early shot over from a good position and looked in danger of being crowded out until Giroud scored, but his influence grew as the game opened up. Produced the moment of class that secured Chelsea's win and also had a role in Loftus-Cheek's strike.


DF Davide Zappacosta, NR -- Provided fresh legs and a rest for Azpilicueta.

MF Mateo Kovacic, NR -- Sarri, surely minded to manage the physical burden on Loftus-Cheek, brought him on for the Englishman on 82 minutes.

FW Willian, NR -- His introduction for the final six minutes allowed Stamford Bridge to give Hazard the ovation he deserved.

Manchester City moved back to the top of the Premier League with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Cardiff City. They were quickly ahead when Kevin De Bruyne squeezed in a vicious shot from a tight angle on six minutes, before Leroy Sane drilled in a second just before half-time. City dominated the second half but somehow failed to add to their advantage with Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge pulling off a string of fine saves.


It's difficult to concede goals if you don't let your opponents shoot and, for the second successive home game, the visitors to the Etihad Stadium failed to have a single shot in the first half. That comes on the back of away wins at Fulham and Bournemouth when both sides failed to have a shot on target throughout the 90 minutes. With City creating so many chances, it gives them the opportunity to kill off games early and try to conserve some energy for their hectic schedule brought on by their quadruple bid.

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The curse of the left-back problem struck again with Oleksandr Zinchenko appearing to tweak a hamstring before he was substituted in the 19th minute. With Benjamin Mendy's knee problems ruling him out for much of the season and Fabian Delph also struggling with injuries and form, the Ukrainian has improved impressively in recent months. It's difficult to see him being available for Saturday's FA Cup semifinal against Brighton or the Champions League first leg at Spurs. Pep Guardiola has options but Zinchenko had nailed down the position in recent weeks.

Manager rating out of 10

8 -- Guardiola says his entire squad will need to make a contribution in the final months of the season and he explored the depth of his first team by making seven changes. City will have much tougher games to come than relegation-threatened Cardiff and he was able to leave his key men from this season -- Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and David Silva -- on the bench, leave out Sergio Aguero and give valuable minutes to the returning Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne. Despite looking almost like a "B team" on paper, it didn't stop City from maintaining their winning run as they ruthlessly stuck to the manager's masterplan.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating.)

GK Ederson, 7 -- Another easy night where he had to come to the halfway line midway through the first half to get a touch of the ball. Snuffed out Cardiff's one good opportunity five minutes from time.

DF Danilo, 7 -- Started at right-back and moved to the left side shortly after but it didn't inhibit his thrusting runs.

DF John Stones, 7 -- Back from injury and couldn't have had a much easier reintroduction with the focus more on his forward passing than his defending.

DF Aymeric Laporte, 7 -- Another impressive display as he quickly stopped any threat from the Bluebirds and was unfortunate not to score with a header.

DF Oleksandr Zinchenko, 6 -- One brilliant run behind the back four but appeared to tweak his hamstring and was quickly taken off.

MF Fernandinho, 7 -- First start in six weeks and controlled the midfield like he had never been away.

MF Kevin De Bruyne, 9 -- Back to his best as he created a host of chances for his teammates and smashed in the opener himself.

MF Phil Foden, 8 -- First Premier League start and the 18-year-old was full of confidence as he caused danger throughout and could have had a hat trick on another day.

FW Riyad Mahrez, 6 -- Went close with a couple of shots but often looks like an individual alongside 10 teammates working from the same strategy.

FW Gabriel Jesus, 6 -- Lovely chest pass assist but missed three good chances to mark his 22nd birthday.

FW Leroy Sane, 7 -- Took his goal well with a fierce drive and was a constant threat on the left wing.


DF Kyle Walker, 7 -- Called into the action early and looked to get forward at every opportunity.