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Manchester United: Five players to replace before next season

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Time to go, boys... (©GettyImages)
Time to go, boys... (©GettyImages).

Another Premier League fixture and another Premier League defeat for Manchester United, who are now in serious danger of finishing fourth, let alone first.

The Red Devils can forget about the Premier League title following Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United - and if it wasn't already abundantly clear to David Moyes that he needs to overhaul the squad, then it surely is now.

Quality needs to come into the club - that's indisputable - while the deadwood needs shifting.

Here are five players who must be moved on before the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

5. Tom Cleverley

Some of the Tom Cleverley criticism has been over the top this term. In any other season he would be a perfectly reasonable squad player for the Red Devils.

But the 24-year-old - remember: he's not exactly a young player - is simply not good enough to be a starter for the reigning Premier League champions.

The England midfielder could do a perfectly good job elsewhere in the Premier League, but Manchester United need a higher calibre of player running their midfield.

4. Patrice Evra

Patrice Evra has been an excellent servant for Manchester United over the years, but David Moyes must consider signing a long-term replacement next summer.

There's been intense speculation this this will be the France international's final season at Old Trafford - and that could be for the good of both the player and his club.

United should consider replacing him with Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao or Southampton's Luke Shaw.

3. Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs has just turned 40. Forty.

Imagine a team like Barcelona or Real Madrid playing a 40-year-old in midfield?

Giggsy must call it a day at the end of the season, become a full-time coach at Old Trafford, and allow a younger midfielder to take his place in the squad.

2. Ashley Young

It's time for Manchester United and Ashley Young to go their separate ways.

The England winger has declined since joining the Red Devils in 2011 and rarely makes the United starting line-up.

And when he does, he has an infuriating tendency to dive in order to win penalties.

Moyes should attempt to sell him for between £5-10m, and replace him with a promising young left-sided winger.

1. Anderson

Anderson promised so much, but has delivered so little since his move from Porto in 2007.

The Brazilian midfielder can't keep himself fit, which in turn means he struggled to get games.

The exciting, dynamic Anderson we all saw at Porto has long gone. It's a crying shame that the 25-year-old has failed to fulfil his potential, but hopefully he can resurrect his career away from Old Trafford.

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