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Paul McGrath predicts Falcao and Van Persie will both leave Manchester United

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Manchester United legend Paul McGrath has backed Louis van Gaal to make sweeping changes to his attacking line-up at Old Trafford next season after tipping both Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao to leave the club this summer.

The former Red Devils defender suggested that neither player deserves a place in the senior squad next term, and believes they'll both be plying their respective trades away from the Theatre of Dreams in 2015/16.

Falcao has been hugely disappointing since joining the club from AS Monaco on a season-long loan, and it's no surprise that Manchester United are reconsidering their option to sign the Colombian striker permanently.

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With just four goals in 23 appearances in all competitions the 29-year-old has failed to justify his hefty price-tag, or the huge wages that he reportedly commands, so it's almost a formality he'll return to France upon the expiry of his temporary deal.

Van Persie's prospective departure will come as more of a surprise to Red Devils supporters, but given that he's approaching his 32nd birthday and has struggled to produce anywhere close to his best form this season and McGrath's claim begins to carry more weight.

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"Without a doubt, I think Falcao will be gone," the retired Republic of Ireland international told talkSPORT. "Van Persie might be off as well, even with the Dutch connection with Van Gaal."

The former Netherlands head coach's appointment was expected to help get the best out of Van Persie again, but his struggles for fitness and form have continued under the new manager's tutelage.

A number of big-name players have been linked with a possible move to the Premier League giants in the forthcoming transfer window, and that has raised more doubts about Van Persie's long-term future at Old Trafford.

"I think whoever he brings in it's going to be an exciting time for Manchester United," McGrath added. "You have a man there with an ego there bigger than any of the players, and he can also bring them all together and galvanise them to play for United."

The fact Van Persie has just over 12 months remaining on the four-year contract he signed after joining from Arsenal means that Manchester United will need to sell him this summer if they are going to recoup any money, or else risking losing the player on a free transfer at the end of next season.

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Given his advancing years it makes little sense to offer the Dutchman an extension, so cashing-in at the end of the current campaign makes the most sense all round.

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