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Louis van Gaal axes Manchester United trio

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Manchester United set to cut first-team trio.
Manchester United set to cut first-team trio..

Louis van Gaal looks to have wielded the axe and asserted his considerable authority at Manchester United, with reports suggesting that three first-team squad members have effectively been banished from normal proceedings.

According to the latest extraordinary reports from The Sunday People, Nani, Anderson and Wilfried Zaha are all training at separate times from the rest of the Manchester United team, are believed to have had their names removed from individual lockers at the club's training ground and have been informed in no uncertain terms that they will only be needed in cases of emergency.

Indeed, the same reports suggest that Van Gaal - who suffered defeat in his first Premier League match in charge of the Red Devils in Saturday's early kick-off against Swansea City - wants all three of the players sold as the clock ticks down towards the end of the summer transfer window.

Disappointment

Such actions must have come as a huge disappointment for Nani, Zaha and Anderson, although it always seemed likely that they were three prime candidates for a swift exit following Van Gaal's celebrated arrival at the club.

Anderson's future in particular appears to have been subject to the strongest of doubt for a long while now, with the Brazilian midfielder having made just four appearances for Manchester United under David Moyes last season before joining Serie A outfit Fiorentina on loan in January.

Winger Zaha, meanwhile, would presumably be disappointed to leave the club on a permanent basis when all the recent speculation has suggested that he is set for another loan switch.

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Enough opportunity?

In truth, the 21-year-old has not had ample opportunity to prove his worth to Manchester United fans on the pitch since arriving from Crystal Palace in 2013, although a disappointing spell at recently-relegated Cardiff City and a poor pre-season tour of the United States will have done preciously little to aid his cause.

Van Gaal's apparently harsh stance on Nani seems the most curious, particularly given that he came on for Javier Hernandez as a half-time substitute during that aforementioned 2-1 loss to Swansea.

However, it appears that such a measure was a last resort from Van Gaal, who appears in serious need of high-quality new additions to ensure that Manchester United are not once again left embarrassingly cut adrift of the race for Champions League qualification.

Next up for Manchester United is a trip to the Stadium of Light for face Gus Poyet's Sunderland next Sunday afternoon.

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