After Tuesday night's embarrassing 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup, let's take a look at which player Louis van Gaal must axe before Monday's transfer deadline passes.
1. Tom Cleverley
From a promising youngster, to a failure as midfielder, Cleverley's performances have been deteriorating every game, as was seen against Sunderland.
Being a very average central midfielder with no specialities whatsoever, it's hard to see a successful future for him at the club. He has been given a truck load of chances in David Moyes' disastrous era and a few after Louis van Gaal arrived.
Cleverley has not impressed; the only thing he has been consistent with is how disappointing his performances have been. Van Gaal needs to sell Cleverley, with Di Maria having completed his record transfer to Old Trafford.
2. Chris Smalling
A weak defender to say the least. Smalling is inexperienced, clumsy, and not ready to take the reigns from Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
He seems to panic and lose the ball every time he gains possession of it. Poor passing, and low physical strength add up to his failures as a defender. Smalling isn't solid or quick enough to work in a three defender system. He either needs to improve radically, or needs to leave.
3. Danny Welbeck
A rather unpredictable player, whose performances are rarely up to the mark of a Manchester United player.
With clumsy and sketchy performances, Welbeck is merely taking up a spot on the squad.
With the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, as well as Javier Hernandez, Welbeck is a misfit. Although youthful, he needs to improve or leave.
4. Shinji Kagawa
Although Kagawa was once a great midfielder, the Japanese playmaker hasn't made the most of his opportunities. He is an incredibly creative player, but has outstayed his welcome at Old Trafford. With the likes of Mata, Herrera and Di Maria to cope with, Kagawa doesn't stand much of a chance.
Louis van Gaal has a lot of work to do, and with the transfer deadline day arriving soon, he needs to reshape the squad soon. Van Gaal absolutely must transform the squad if he wants to turn this season into a successful one.
With the best interests of the club at hand, Ed Woodward and the Glazer family need to give Van Gaal a decent amount of freedom to turn things around. Winning the league with such an unbalanced squad is nearly impossible.
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