After suffering a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Everton, it has emerged that Manchester United could lose the services of three of their stars based on one condition.
A week after succumbing to a 3-0 loss to FC Barcelona in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was handed his heaviest defeat as United manager as Everton secured a memorable 4-0 win over the Red Devils on Sunday.
The result leaves the Old Trafford club in sixth position in the Premier League standings, three points shy of fourth-placed Chelsea and two points below fifth-placed Arsenal.
According to The Guardian, should United miss out on a top four spot, the chances of star trio David de Gea, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku extending their stays with the club will be severely compromised.
De Gea, whose current contract with the Red Devils expires in 2020, is yet to pen a new deal and is said to be unwilling to commit his future to the club unless United seal a top four berth.
Pogba, who has been the subject of reported interest from Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid in recent months, is another player whose future at the club is up in the air. His agent Mino Raiola is said to be looking to secure a move to Los Blancos for his client, and the latest from the Daily Star is that the former Juventus star is in an advances stage of negotiations to join the Spanish club.
Despite having three years left on his contract, Lukaku, who joined United in a £75 million (R1.3 billion) deal in 2017, is another who is keeping a close eye on the EPL table. Should Solskjaer's men fail to secure a Champions League spot, Belgium's all-time record goalscorer could seek greener pastures, with Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan reportedly keeping tabs on the 25-year-old's situation.