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Sunday 19 August 2018

Irish duo face axe in United overhaul

IRELAND stars John O'Shea and Darron Gibson could be on their way out of Old Trafford as Sunderland start planning to splash the cash.

The Black Cats have a large transfer kitty to spend after they banked an astonishing £20 million from Liverpool for the sale of Jordan Henderson, a deal which is set to kick off a transfer merry-go-round in England's Premier League.

Manchester United have just spent €18m on Blackburn Rovers teenager Phil Jones, and the defender's arrival at Old Trafford could lead to O'Shea making a move, though the Waterford man is not eager to leave United after spending 13 years at the club.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has targeted the United trio of O'Shea, Gibson and Wes Brown as the key players he wants. United may be willing to do business on Gibson and Brown, as they both have only a year left on their contracts at Old Trafford.

Giovanni Trapattoni has repeatedly said that Gibson needs to get regular first team football if he's to keep his place in the Irish squad - the Derry native started 14 games for United last season but played very little in the Premier League.

But O'Shea, who only signed a new four-year deal last year, is keen to stay at United and fight for his place.

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