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Manchester United: 5 flops that must leave

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Times are changing at Manchester United and, for the first time in a while, it seems like a squad overhaul is needed at Old Trafford with several big name players facing the axe.

With Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic all set to leave on free transfers in the summer, GiveMeSport look at who United have to sell in order to move on.

Anderson

Probably the least surprising of all, Anderson. The Brazilian joined United for £26 Million several years back and there were high topes for him. Then-scout Martin Ferguson even labelled him 'better than Rooney'.

But for the past few years the ex-Porto man has been one loveable disappointment. Issues have been raised about his weight and commitment and he has never nailed down a starting role in the United midfield.

On loan at Fiorentina and looking certain to be moved on in the off season, the injury plagued midfielder would be a long overdue sale.

Possible replacements: Ilkay Gundogan (Dortmund), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich)

Tom Cleverley

Once dubbed as the future heart of the England midfield, Tom Cleverley is another midfield man who hasn't lived up to his reputation.

A very good spell on loan at Wigan, the Sheffield lad came back to United with his place in the team ready and waiting. But injuries ruled him out of the majority of the following two seasons, and his return to regular football has put him under heavy criticism for his below par performances.

With talk of a move to Everton sprouting up recently, he should look to be moved on in order to streamline the squad.

Possible replacements: William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon)

Ashley Young

'Ashley Young is on a par with Lionel Messi' proclaimed Martin O'Neil back in 2008, and back then, his opinion didn't seem too bizzare.

But six years on, fans laugh at the Irish manager as they slate the English winger for his on the field antics. His first season after his £17 million move from Aston Villa was quite a good one, he racked up a few goals - two against Arsenal - and generally looked good value for money.

But the following to terms have brought diving, poor crossing and a whole load of critics. He has looked horribly inconsistent and like all United fans keep saying, it is time to get his near 100k a week wages off the bill.

Possible replacements: Marco Reus (Dortmund)

Nani

The 2010/11 Player's Player of the Year has gone down like a lead balloon in the past two years. Injured, out of form and overpayed, Luis Nani has not played like a man earning £120,000 a week

He began the season poorly and was constantly losing ball trying to overplay, then got injured and hasn't been on the pitch for months. Everyone acknowledges how talented he is, but it is widely accepted he needs some new surroundings.

Juventus have been following him for over a year now, and Italy could be the right fit for the Portuguese international.

Possible Replacement: Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid)

Robin van Persie 

Ok, so Robin van Persie is by no means a flop, in fact, he is a brilliant player and a very good goal scorer- but not what Manchester United need right now.

Last season, when United had no real goal threat Robin stepped in and almost single headedly won the title for the Reds, but this season he has looked out of place in an ever-changing team.

In a squad that contains Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa, Adnan Januzaj and Wayne Rooney all in form, there doesn't seem to be a place for the Dutchman. The team right now needs a faster, adaptable forward who can drop deep or pull put wide in accordance with the playmaking trio behind - and they have one - Wayne Rooney.

Even Robin himself has said that whilst he is very happy at United, he admitted that other players 'were getting in his way'. Not the player needed to lead the line right now at Old Trafford, he is no 250k a week benchwarmer.

Juventus could look to swoop in as they look for another goal scorer and if the right offer comes along, David Moyes should seriously consider letting him go.

Possible replacements: Wayne Rooney moved further up, Edinson Cavani (PSG)

 

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