Manchester United release five players including Ben Amos

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Ben Amos is one of six players to have been released by Manchester United it has been confirmed. 

Tom Cleverley, who has agreed a deal to sign for Everton having spent last season on loan with Aston Villa, Tom Thorpe, Ryan McConnell and Callum Evans.

Thorpe captained Manchester United's youth side to the 2011 FA Youth Cup, as well as three league titles in the last four years.

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Amos played one Premier League game for the Manchester United first team - a 2-0 win against Stoke back in 2012 - and spent last season on loan in the Championship with Bolton Wanderers. 

"Everybody at United would like to wish all five players the very best of luck with their future careers," read a statement on the club's website. The news marks the start of what is likely to be the start of a busy summer for Manchester United and boss Louis van Gaal, who managed to secure Champions League qualification in his first season in England.

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The Dutch boss is likely to see a host of first team players leave as he begins another squad overhaul. Goalkeeper David de Gea is likely to be the first out of the door, with Real Madrid said to be closing in on a deal. Full-back Rafael is expected to leave having been shunned by Van Gaal in favour of Antonio Valencia, while defender Jonny Evans has been linked with a £10 million switch to Everton.


Speculation has been rife about the future of striker Robin van Persie of late amidst interest from Juventus. The former Arsenal man is out of contract at Old Trafford next season and recently admitted he was considering his options and Manchester United have been linked with a host of replacements including Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic.

De Gea has so far refused to put pen to paper on a deal worth £200,000-per-week - a record sum for a goalkeeper - as he nears a switch to the Bernabeu. 

There should be plenty of new faces coming in as Van Gaal looks to make a splash at home as well as abroad. Van Gaal's priority is likely to be landing a new centre-back, a full-back as well as a forward. 

Their search for a new full-back was made all the more difficult by the announcement yesterday that Dani Alves has penned a new two-year deal with Barcelona.


It is always a difficult time of year for clubs as they look to trim their squads ahead of the summer window, however there are few who could argue with Manchester United's choices. 

Perhaps there are some fans who may be aggrieved at Thorpe being released; he did show some promise in the youth team and could have perhaps made the step up. He should be able to find a decent club who will give him minutes on the pitch. 

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Tom Cleverley
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