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Manchester United's starting XI: Who should be axed?

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After last night's dismal performance in Greece, former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, slated the team saying that Moyes needs "six top quality players" brought in over the summer. So, who out of last night's squad is in danger of getting shipped out of the Moyes sinking voyage?

Starting with the goalkeeper. David De Gea has improved ever since he arrived in England and while he may have struggled this year, it could be attributed to his defence rather than his performance in the sticks. He should remain at United as he has the potential to be world class.

Manchester United's defence is set for a complete overhaul in the summer. Vidic has already announced he is leaving, most likely to Inter Milan. Speculation around Evra's future is ongoing with the Frenchman been linked with a move abroad, possibly back to France. With Moyes desperate to sign Baines, Evra could find his position in the first team going to the Englishman instead.

Rio Ferdinand has been a fantastic player for Manchester United ever since his arrival from Leeds. This season, he has been far from his best. With the defender not getting any younger, he is starting to show his age, with injury hampering the number of appearances he can make. It may be time for Rio to bow out at the top.

How Chris Smalling managed to persuade Sir Alex Ferguson to sign him in 2011 is beyond me. The 24 year old hasn't improved since arriving despite being touted as the next best English defender. It's time for United to cut their losses and move the centre back on.

Antonio Valencia came to United full of promise and flair. Ever since his change of number to the famous number 7 shirt, all that has disappeared. Despite changing back to his previous number, his fortunes haven't improved. He is too predictable, defenders know that he will go to the by line before trying to whip in a cross. His cross success rate in the Champions League is 22%, nowhere near good enough for a team who are aiming to win the trophy.

Last night was an off night for Michael Carrick. Usually so comfortable in possession and able to string passes together, Carrick looked like he had never played in the centre of the park and never met teammate Tom Cleverly. He should be safe, for another year at least.

Tom Cleverly. Where do you start? The Englishman has somehow proved to Moyes that he is the perfect man to start in the centre of midfield despite his performances showing otherwise. It's time for Cleverly to move on. Yes, he may be a Premier League quality player, but for a team chasing top 4 and Champions League, he is not good enough.

Another player who hasn't lived up to expectation is Ashley Young. A fantastic player for Aston Villa, since his move to United, his career has stalled. More likely to go to ground than take a player on, he'll have no problems diving off the sinking ship.

Rooney is a dead certainty to stay after signing a new contract last week. His strike partner Robin van Persie isn't so sure. The Dutchman has been linked away from Manchester possibly to return to Arsenal. He has openly said that he has struggled with Moyes' tactics and feels that other players are playing in the positions that he plays best.

Out of the starting XI, that makes at least three players still guaranteed to be at United next year, with a possibly two more staying around depending on if they decide to stay.

From the substitute bench, there was a lack of quality to come in and support the failing squad. Lindegaard and Welbeck are likely to stay as they are reliable back up options Hernandez has been linked with a move away, but that would be a nightmare scenario if the Mexican was to leave, unless there was a big money player replacing him. Fellaini hasn't really had the chance to prove his price tag and if he can find the form that encouraged Moyes to bring him over from Everton with him he could do well.

Kagawa made a rare appearance last night but will probably leave in the summer after falling out of favour with Moyes. He could be used in a swap deal for Gundogan which would be beneficial for both teams. Buttner has done little for the squad since his move and if Baines arrives could find himself looking for a new club. Ryan Giggs is a United legend but with games coming hard to come by, it could be time to bow out with his legendary status still intact.

The problem for Moyes will be attracting new players to the team if they do not manage to qualify for the Champions League next season. The attraction of top level football is essential for bringing in new talent and without it, other teams will swoop for the targets.

If the team does undergo a radical change, the danger for Moyes is that it could take time for the squad to gel. Unfortunately for Moyes, time to keep the team afloat is something that he cannot be sure of.

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