Louis van Gaal could sell 10 Manchester United players

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Louis van Gaal has earmarked up to 10 Manchester United players that could be sold this summer as part of a massive squad overhaul after his first day in charge of the club, according to the Mirror. 

The Dutchman is expected to add to his squad considerably this summer but there are also expected to be a handful of players heading towards the exit, following the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic out of the door.

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It was previously claimed that six players were fighting for their futures - Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley, Javier Hernández, Shinji Kagawa, Darren Fletcher, and Ashley Young. The Guardian reported that Van Gaal was to decide in his first week whether any of the group should be handed new deals or be sold.

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However the Mirror are reporting that the Dutchman's overhaul could be much more drastic than that, with no less than 10 players in danger of leaving Old Trafford.


The paper say that among the group in danger are Wilfried Zaha, Nani, Marouane Fellaini, Bebe, Anderson, and Nick Powell.

Nani has been linked with a move to Juventus while Smalling could be on his way to Arsenal as part of a swap-deal for Thomas Vermaelen. Zaha, who arrived at Manchester United for £15 million, has been linked with a move to Newcastle.


Together with the Guardian's claims from earlier in the week, that puts the total of players whose Manchester United future's are at risk at an eye-watering 12. 

Of course it is highly unlikely that he would instigate such a drastic overhaul that would see 12 players leave in one summer, but it does illustrate the size of the task that Van Gaal is facing. He has already added two new faces to his Manchester United squad this summer, with Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw signing on the dotted line.


They could be joined by a host of new arrivals in the coming days, with the likes of Arturo Vidal, Mats Hummels and Angel di Maria all linked with moves to Old Trafford.

After arriving back from the World Cup with the Netherlands, Van Gaal had his first day in charge of Manchester United today, and has already made an impression by ordering double training sessions. 

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