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Manchester United: Who should stay and who should go?

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There is a big summer ahead for Manchester United and Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman is set to be equipped with another huge transfer kitty, so expect a significant outlay once more.

As Van Gaal continues to rebuild the club’s reputation and improve the playing staff, who should he keep and who should he let go?

Here are some suggestions for the United manager...

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Goalkeepers

David de Gea

Manchester United’s player of the season in the last two campaigns and deservedly so. The Spaniard has truly developed into one of the world’s best goalkeepers after a shaky start to life at Old Trafford.

With Real Madrid waiting in the wings it looks increasingly likely that De Gea will leave. However van Gaal should undoubtedly be doing everything he can to keep hold of him. STAY (if only...)

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Victor Valdes

Van Gaal showed little faith in the experienced goalkeeper after his January arrival, though the performances of De Gea are probably the reason for this. Valdes did not make his debut until the final home game of the season. He is an experienced goalkeeper but his fitness is questionable.

The manager seems reluctant to make him the new number one but his experience could be valuable nonetheless. STAY

Anders Lindegaard

It’s easy to forget that 31-year-old is still at the club. He did not make a single Premier League appearance last season and the arrival of Valdes in January all but ended his Man United career. Expect him to depart during the summer. GO

Defenders

Rafael

The Brazilian’s career has ground to a halt under Van Gaal. Injured for much of the season and regularly overlooked when fit. In the end he has not developed into the top class right back that Manchester United need meaning he’s likely to be replaced this summer. GO

Antonio Valencia

Is he a midfielder or a defender? Valencia endured an average campaign at the club. Playing out of position at right back you have to admire his versatility but he is simply not good enough there.

His crossing is poor and defensively he is very suspect. If United manage to bring in a recognised right back then he is unlikely to get his place back in midfield. GO

Phil Jones

When Sir Alex Ferguson left the club he stated that Jones could develop into one of the club’s all-time greats. However two seasons on and that is seeming like wishful thinking.

He has showed little improvement this season, his decision making is poor and he is not good on the ball. He’s not the confident ball playing centre back that the club needs and after four seasons his time is up. GO

Chris Smalling

There has been definite improvement in Smalling over the last 12 months. He still looks uncomfortable on the ball but his defensive capabilities have certainly improved.

He is the best centre back that Manchester United have currently got. With an experienced centre half beside him we could see him improve even more next season. STAY

Marcos Rojo

Rojo didn’t really justify his £16 million price tag in his debut season in England. However he can play both left back and centre back meaning his versatility could be useful for Van Gaal next season.

He is still only 25 and if he can nail down one position then this will aid his development. STAY

Jonny Evans

United’s most experienced centre half and yet somehow their worst. Evans had another poor season at United.

His performance in the 4-0 humiliation by MK Dons in the Capital One Cup just about summed up his season. He is 27 years of age now and is not going to improve, it’s time to sell him. GO

Paddy McNair

The fact that McNair broke into the first team last season perhaps sums up United’s defensive weaknesses. While he showed flashes of quality it is clear that he is not ready for first team action at United.

The 20-year-old is undoubtedly a talented defender but would benefit more from a season on loan than another in the United first team. LOAN OUT

Tyler Blackett

Another who broke into the first team under Van Gaal. His performances were enough for the Dutchman to hand him a new contract, however he has struggled since then.

Like McNair he doesn’t appear to be ready for such a big step up and also needs to gain some more experience out on loan. LOAN OUT

Luke Shaw

It was a frustrating first season for Shaw who struggled with injury throughout. It would be easy to write off Shaw after he did little to justify his £30 million price tag in his debut season.

It seems that such a big move may have come too early for him. However injury has prevented United fans from seeing the best of the Englishman. Shaw proved at Southampton that he is an accomplished left back. He must work hard to improve his fitness during pre-season in order to have a more successful second season at Old Trafford. STAY

Midfielders

Juan Mata

Despite playing out of position for much of the season Mata still enjoyed a successful campaign. The debate over whether he can perform in big games was settled when he struck two against Liverpool before netting against United’s city rivals.

To see the very best of him he needs to be played in his favoured number 10 position but it seems his future at United may lie on the flanks. If he is happy to play there then there should be no problems however if he grows frustrated of the position then van Gaal could have problems. STAY

Adnan Januzaj

The emergence of Januzaj was one of the few positives of the David Moyes era however under van Gaal the Belgian has found his first team opportunities limited.

In his brief appearances Januzaj has failed to impose himself on the game. He is in serious danger of becoming a forgotten man at Old Trafford and needs to be loaned out now so he can save his stuttering career. LOAN OUT

Andreas Pereira

The youngster is rated highly around Old Trafford however summer arrivals will likely prevent him from gaining a regular first team spot. At 19 years of age he is another who should be allowed to show what he can do out on loan next season. LOAN OUT

Angel di Maria

This is a difficult one. Di Maria started the season like in fine form, however he hasn’t been the same since his house was burgled. There can be no doubting that he is a quality player but fans have simply not seen him at his best this season.

United now have a difficult decision, do they cut their losses now and recoup some of the money they paid for him or keep him and hope he improves? If he can start to feel comfortable in the city then this will surely result in an improvement in his football. A talented player like him does not lose his ability just like that. STAY

Michael Carrick

Carrick is a player that is so quietly effective at United. He is a crucial player for Van Gaal. United struggled when he wasn’t in the team last season. He brings a composure to United’s midfield that it sorely needs.

His fitness will be very important to United during the next campaign. However at 33 he is not getting any younger and Van Gaal should be working hard to find someone who can eventually take over his role in the team. STAY

Ander Herrera

Probably the most successful signing Van Gaal made last summer. Herrera has become popular with the fans at Old Trafford and looks as if he could have a place in United’s midfield for years to come. As he improves expect interest from abroad to increase and United to struggle to keep a hold of him. STAY

Daley Blind

Blind is another who enjoyed a solid debut season in England. There is nothing fancy about him and he prefers to keep things simple. His versatility was very useful over the last campaign and it will be again next season.

Maintaining a position in midfield may prove difficult meaning he could find himself at left back again, however he’s proved more than capable there so it shouldn’t be a problem. STAY

Nick Powell

It hasn’t really worked out for the youngster at Old Trafford. As one of the final signings of the Ferguson era it looked like he could be one for the future.

However he has struggled to make a name for himself out on loan, shown when Leicester released him back to United. It doesn’t look like he will reach the levels required at United and is one that should probably be sold. GO

Marouane Fellaini

12 months ago this would’ve been a no brainer. Fellaini flopped in his first season at United and become a symbol of all that was wrong with the Moyes era. Fast-forward a season and he has become an important player for United.

The big Belgian scored some important goals last season and formed a good partnership with Ashley Young. However ultimately he will not fit the style of play that Van Gaal is trying to implement. Though he can be pleased with his season he is not a Manchester United player and better players will replace him. GO

Nani

Nani is a player that United seem to have been trying to get rid of for a very long time. There is definitely some talent there but he is far too inconsistent to play for Man United.

He would likely benefit from a permanent return to his native Portugal. He’s had a good run at United but the time is right for it to come to an end. GO

Jesse Lingard

Another rewarded with a new contract. At 22 the midfielder still has a lot of potential however he’s not ready for first team action. A loan move would be the best option for him next season. LOAN OUT

Ashley Young

A player that United fans would have been happy to see go last summer. Young stayed and he has more than repaid Van Gaal’s faith in him.

He’s been arguably United’s best outfield player over the last season and has saved a career that was heading downhill. After an excellent season he deserves to have a place in the new United team that is being built. STAY

Forwards

Wayne Rooney

An easy one this. As the club’s captain Rooney has to say. He epitomises the qualities required to be a Manchester United player. Van Gaal should be looking to strengthen the centre of midfield to give Rooney the freedom to play in his preferred striker’s position. At 29 his experience will also be valuable to the squad. STAY

Robin van Persie

In the end it looks like Arsenal got the better deal when they sold Van Persie to Man United. Since his fantastic debut season the Dutchman simply hasn’t delivered.

His old injury problems have returned and he is beginning to show his age. van Gaal must put aside his friendship with his countryman and let Van Persie go for the good of the club. GO

James Wilson

Wilson is a talented young player but found his game time limited last season with three of the biggest names in football ahead of him in the pecking order.

With Falcao gone and Van Persie likely to depart an opportunity could present itself. However you’d imagine that United will be in the market for a frontman this summer meaning a loan move would be more beneficial. LOAN OUT

Javier Hernandez

Chicharito is one of the best poachers around but outside of the box he offers very little to the team. His loan move last season showed that Van Gaal doesn’t see him as part of his plans.

The Mexican had some good early years at United but he’s never going to nail down a regular first team spot meaning his departure is very likely. GO

Manchester United fans: who should stay and who should go? Let us know below!

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