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Louis van Gaal axes seven Manchester United stars

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal told seven of his players to find new clubs in a series of face-to-face meetings at the club's Carrington training complex on Saturday afternoon.

Javier Hernandez, Marouane Fellaini, Wilfried Zaha, Will Keane, Nani, Anderson and, perhaps most surprisingly, Rafael have all been told they have no futures at Old Trafford, according to information obtained by the Daily Mail.

Japan international Shinji Kagawa, however, has been told that he can stay with the Red Devils - provided he is content to be behind Juan Mata and Ander Herrera in the pecking order.

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Van Gaal told Fellaini, Zaha, Nani and young striker Keane that the club will listen to offers and look to move them on before the summer transfer window closes on September 2.

Anderson, whose squad number was handed to Juan Mata in January, and Hernandez were also informed that any bids that meet United's asking price will be accepted over the coming weeks.

Interest in Hernandez, but none in Anderson

At this moment in time there appears to be very little - if any - firm interest in Brazilian midfielder Anderson, whose career at Old Trafford has never really taken off since arriving from FC Porto in 2007.

However, a host of cubs are keen to secure the services of Mexico international Hernandez, including Juventus, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid. Premier League duo Southampton and Tottenham are also believed to be keen.

Newcastle favourites to sign Zaha

Newcastle United are the frontrunners to sign one-time England international Zaha, who made just two Premier League appearances for the Red Devils last season.

The Magpies are poised to make a £7 million offer - although Crystal Palace, West Ham and Championship side Nottingham Forest are also interested in signing the live-wire winger.

Serie A side Napoli are believed to be at the front of the queue to sign Fellaini, who United paid £27 million for last summer, while Nani could also be headed to Italy.

Rafael controversy

But Van Gaal's choice to axe Brazilian right-back Rafael is the decision that has caused most debate amongst Manchester United supporters.

The 24-year-old is a popular figure at Old Trafford, but struggled for consistency and form last season under David Moyes.

United have also been strongly linked with a move for Colombian right-sided winger Juan Cuadrado, who could become the Red Devils' first-choice wing-back - ahead of Antonio Valencia - if Van Gaal gets his way this week.

Manchester United fans: do you agree with Van Gaal's decision? Should any of the transfer listed players by kept at Old Trafford? Have your say in the comments section below.

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Premier League
Javier Hernandez
Manchester United
Marouane Fellaini
Wilfried Zaha
Shinji Kagawa
Rafael Da Silva
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Luis Nani

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