Manchester United fans have never shied away from expressing their discontent at the way their club is run as well as the players that form part of the team that performed pretty bad throughout the course of the 2018-19 Premier League season and one such fan has started an online petition to remove three players from the squad this summer.
There's no surprise that all three players form part of United's defence, namely Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young. After a season where they conceded more goals in the league than they had ever before, it seems pretty obvious that defence might be the first place to fix.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be looking to sign a priority centre-back with Kalidou Koulibaly, Harry Maguire and Issa Diop high on his list, and a right back in the form of Aaron Wan-Bissaka being one of the targets.
In the description for the petition, United fan 'Rizzy Rizzy' says, "Manchester United is arguably the biggest club in the world with fans from every corner of the globe. The past six years have been torture for millions of fans who invest their time, energy, emotions and hard-earned money into supporting this once great club. We've had to endure not only countless bad results but the football has also been consistently dull & uninspiring to watch."
"There are undoubtedly complex & intrinsic issues at Manchester United football club which nobody can quite put their finger on. However there are also glaringly obvious problems at United which anybody with eyes can see every time they tune in to watch Manchester United play football. There are players in our first team squad who wouldn't even be good enough to be on the bench for our rivals. Pep Guardiola's first season at Man City was deemed a failure. He then sold 8 of his players who weren't good enough and went on to win the league with a record number of points the following season.
"If we want to be in the same conversation as the European elites such Barcelona and Real Madrid then we have to ask ourselves; What would Barcelona and Real Madrid do if they had players like Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in their squad? Exactly. They would have them removed by any means necessary, even if it meant taking a financial hit. What did Manchester United do with those players? They offered them new, lucrative, long-term contracts for them to stay at the club. These contract offers came about after the sacking of Jose Mourinho, when everyone thought that the club were turning a new page. Who is reckless and inconsiderate enough to make these kind of decisions? This is the reason why I'm asking all United fans who care about this club to sign this petition so that at the very least we get some answers."
All three men mentioned in the petition have been handed out new contracts by Manchester United, who haven't come close to winning the title since Sir Alex Ferguson's last season in 2013.