Manchester United must sell Cleverley and Vidic
Five players who need to move on from Manchester United
This one has been a long time coming: Anderson has, in simple terms, not lived up to the player that we expected him to become. When United shelled out over £25 million for him in 2007, they expected to be getting a player similar to the player that Neymar has become. Anderson seemed to be a revelation to the football world: the successor to Brazilian Ronaldo's throne.
His story reminds us that finding a true talent in real life is much harder than it is in FIFA 13. The Brazilian has been erratic at best, frequently not fit and with a dismal passing accuracy. Put simply, he is not good enough for Manchester United. He has had his chances to prove himself but United should sell him now while he still maintains moderate resale value.
Another one that will not be controversial here. As I wrote in my previous article, Nani has to go. Like Anderson, he hasn't been consistent enough to merit the contract that David Moyes has just presented him with. Also from the "Class of 2007" Nani too retains some resale value and having failed to live up to the gargantuan expectations set for him, it's time for him to move on.
Ashley Young was never good enough to play for Manchester United. While he is exceptionally pacy and has an uncharacteristically accurate long range curling shot, his dribbling ability is vastly overrated and he often finds himself on the periphery of games.
He loses the ball to defenders more frequently than he beats them and doesn't get nearly enough goals and assists to justify a starting place. Tack onto that a dismal injury record and this is starting to look like a rap-sheet. United should cut their losses on this one and trust Wilfried Zaha with the left wing, or maybe bring in Gareth Bale.
Now for the controversial as promised: it's time for the captain to move on. Vidic isn't the player he was four years ago and as he ages, it's not likely that he ever will be again. It's time to cash in and take the probable £15 million that many clubs would be willing to pay for him. United have a plethora of centre-backs already and one reportedly coming in Ezequiel Garay. The VIdic era is over - it's time to start moving forward.
Finally and most controversially, its time to sell Cleverley. Two years ago, when Michael Carrick had hit a nadir in his career and Anderson was unreliable as ever, Cleverley seemed like the messiah. He seemed to carry United through the first five games of the 11-12 season, leading the 8-2 pillaging of Arsenal along the way. However, his growth seems to have stagnated.
He doesn't seem to be on the same wavelength as the other players anymore: he's a step slow and his passing could use improvement. It's telling when people say the player's best quality is his energy. Cleverley is only 25 but doesn't seem to be getting any better. It's hard to part with a home grown talent but Cleverley has been given ample chances and hasn't been convincing enough. This sale doesn't need to be immediate and should be low on the priority list (the other four are much more important) but if a player like Cesc Fabregas were to come in, it would be time for Tom Cleverley to go.
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