The current Manchester United squad is not as easy on the eye as other squads the club has had. An easy example would be the treble winning squad of 1998/99 or even the double winning squad of 2007/08.

The current squad is just nowhere near the standard of the squads mentioned. Alot of this is down to players who just are not the quality Manchester United need or should have.

There is alot of 'deadwood' at the squad so to speak. Here are five players that should be moved on to make way for better players and/or young players with potential. 

1. Anderson

When Anderson arrived at Manchester United, he was a young player who was full of promise. He had been on Sir Alex Ferguson's books for more than a year. Not even a devastating injury to Anderson in which he broke his leg put Sir Alex off the player. He arrived at the club in 2007 from Porto for a fee of around £20 million.

Ultimately, Anderson has just not lived up to the hype or his potential. He offers very little to the Manchester United team of current. The best way to describe his right now would just to say he is merely but a squad player. It would be best to move the player on now, make some money off him which then can be used to improve the midfield. Quite simply, Anderson is just not good enough for Manchester United. 

2. Anders Lindergaard

This may seem a bit harsh because he hardly ever gets a game, but when Anders Lindergaard manages to break into the first team, he fails to impress. Yes, he is just a backup goalkeeper, but again he is not good enough for that. Ben Amos could fill the void of backup goalkeeper for the time being.

If Lindergaard was to be moved on by manager David Moyes in January without making another appearance, his final appearance would be at the Hawthorns where he conceded five goals in a game. That is just not good enough for Manchester United. 

3. Nani

This is a very controversial and debatable selection. It was tough to put him in this list but is rightly so on the list. Like Anderson, Nani arrived at the club in the summer of 2007 from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of around £17 million. On his day, Nani can be exceptional, but having a player who performs on that rare occasion is not really good enough for Manchester United. When Cristiano Ronaldo departed Old Trafford in the summer of 2009, many people thought Nani would step up to the plate.

To be honest, the immediate seasons after Ronaldo's departure to Real Madrid, Nani was fantastic. He was up there with the likes of Cesc Fabregas for top assist makers in the Premier League. He was truly amazing. But since then, he has suffered injuries which has set him back and meant that he has been unable to get a steady run of games in the starting eleven. He is clearly a flair player but again having a player who rarely performs is not good enough. Nani can show glimpses of class but then fails to deliver.

He has no end product anymore and does not really deserve the five year deal Moyes gave him. The club should have moved him on in the summer, but instead handed him a new deal.

4. Ashley Young

Many will agree with this selection. Young has grown a particularly bad reputation of recent years for his 'diving antics' in games, most recently against Crystal Palace. Young too does not appear to have any end product in his game.

He seems to be much like a one trick pony, with the cutting in from the left on to his right foot and producing an average cross which easily gets cleared. It just is not creative enough which is a problem United face. Young was exceptional in his Aston Villa days which saw him break into the England squad and make a move to the Red Devils.

But since then he just has not been good enough. He is a stand out player for a team looking to gain Europa league qualification but when it comes to a title winning or a top four team, he just does not cut it. It is probably the right time to move Young on. 

5. Rio Ferdinand

It is a shame that Rio Ferdinand made this list but it is justified that he did, and here are the reasons why. Last season, Rio Ferdinand was arguably the best centre half in the league, so why exactly has he made the list?

You do not become a bad defender over night. He has been over-played recently by David Moyes which is too much to ask for a player of Ferdinand's age. Also, this has shown in his performances. He has been rather sloppy at the start of this season, particularly against West Brom at Old Trafford.

But, as previously mentioned, you do not just become a bad player overnight. Instead of moving the player on, United should look to reduce his number of games and give Johnny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling more opportunities at centre back, and edge Rio closer to retirement. His recent performances have suggested that maybe it is time to call it a day, but alas, things could change. 

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