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Louis van Gaal keen to axe seven players after Patrice Evra sale

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal could axe up to seven more players this summer following the sale of Patrice Evra, who is expected to complete his move to Serie A champions Juventus later today.

The Daily Star report that Anderson, Javier Hernandez, Wilfried Zaha, Nani, Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling and Bebe are all at risk of being sold by the Red Devils' new boss.

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Anderson and Bebe left out of US Tour

Two of the aforementioned players almost certain to leave Old Trafford this summer are Anderson and Bebe, who were both left out of Manchester United's US Tour squad by Van Gaal.

Bebe is reportedly on the brink of joining Portuguese giants Benfica, while Anderson - whose No. 8 squad number was handed to Juan Mata in January - is on the lookout for a new club after failing to secure a permanent deal at the end of his loan spell with Fiorentina last season.

Several players have a few games to impress Van Gaal

The rest of the players reportedly not in Van Gaal's plans at least have the opportunity to impress on the club's pre-season tour of America, which gets underway on Wednesday with a money-spinning friendly against LA Galaxy.

Midfielder Tom Cleverley and defender Chris Smalling will be keen to impress the veteran Dutch coach, as will live-wire winger Wilfried Zaha, who has made just two Premier League appearances for the Red Devils since his £10 million transfer from Crystal Palace in January 2013.

Nani and Hernandez, meanwhile, are both believed to be keen to leave Old Trafford after struggling to establish themselves as first-team regulars over the past couple of seasons.

Watch: Van Gaal's first Man Utd press conference

Ed Woodward hints at further departures

In an interview with MUTV on Sunday, United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward suggested that Evra and Alexander Buttner will not be the only two players to depart Old Trafford ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

Asked whether he expected any other players to leave the club, Woodward responded: "Yes, I think so.

"The manager makes that decision and a few players have already gone and there may well be a few others that go.

"It's also worth commenting that we're not in Europe this year (so) there's less games, maybe the manager takes the view that he wants a tighter squad to bed in.

"If you do the analysis over last year, Liverpool performed extremely well with a smaller number of players but that's a decision for the manager."

Van Gaal to continue spending

To avoid falling further behind the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City - who have both strengthened over the past few weeks - Van Gaal will continue to spend to ensure his squad is capable of re-establishing themselves amongst the Premier League's elite clubs.

The former Netherlands boss, who guided the Oranje to a third-place finish at the World Cup finals in Brazil, has already spent close to £60 million on the acquisitions of midfielder Ander Herrera and left-back Luke Shaw.

Van Gaal remains determined to secure the services of a world-class central midfielder - Juventus star Arturo Vidal is still the club's number one transfer target - while Belgian centre-back Thomas Vermaelen is expected to arrive from Arsenal.

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Topics:
Manchester United
Patrice Evra
Luis Nani
Tiago Bebe
Chris Smalling
Javier Hernandez
Wilfried Zaha
Tom Cleverley
Oliveira Anderson
Premier League
Football

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