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Young has often found himself on the bench for United this season.

Ashley Young amongst five out-of-favour Premier League players in need of fresh starts

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Such is the competitive nature of the Premier League, players are often cast aside by their managers admist a struggle to secure themselves a starting berth for their respective teams.

Star names are often seen glum-faced on the bench, waiting for their opportunity to re-establish themselves and discontent with their lack of game time.

Here are five of such players that need to seek a move away in January for the sake of their careers.

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1. ASHLEY YOUNG - MANCHESTER UNITED

United have suffered quite the injury crisis in recent weeks. Their defence has been particularly decimated, leaving youngsters Guillermo Varela and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to fill in at both left-back and right-back.

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In their recent 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth, the more experienced Ashley Young was snubbed in favour of the above youngsters. He has previous game time playing at full-back and would certainly have been a sturdier option in a game that United simply had to win.

Going forward, it seems the former Aston Villa man can't break into the team - Jesse Lingard and even Nick Powell in recent matches seem to be higher up the pecking order than Young.

A player who proved a valuable asset for United last season seems to have been cast aside by Louis van Gaal, so it may be time for him to get out while he can.

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2. KEVIN MIRALLAS - EVERTON

For a while at Goodison Park it seemed as if Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas was set to make a huge impression in the Premier League. His pace, trickery and long distance shooting had opposition fearing the former Olympiacos man, but now he seems to have fallen into obscurity.

Injuries have hindered his progress in England and it looks as though time at Everton may be drawing to a close as a result. Rarely does he warrant a start in Roberto Martinez's side, with Gerard Deulofeu and Arouna Kone filling in the wide positions and both putting in some fine performances this term.

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A player of Mirallas' quality undoubtedly deserves first team football and in January, it may be time for him to make the sacrifice and join a team lower down the division, especially with Euro 2016 fast approaching.

3. SAIDO BERAHINO

After a controversial summer window, in which Saido Berahino stated he would not play for West Brom again after they blocked his proposed move to Tottenham Hotspur, the forward has ironically struggled in this season.

Earlier in the season, it seemed as if all had been forgiven with Berahino back in the fold under Tony Pulis and even back to scoring goals, including a winner against bitter rivals Villa.

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However, the situation once again looks bleak with Salomon Rondon preferred in the striking role. A player of enormous potential, Berahino's potential move away seems more logical than ever.

4. PETER CROUCH - STOKE CITY

It may seem strange to include a 34-year-old striker who could be past his best, but Peter Crouch could still have a lot to offer in England, whether it be in the Premier League or perhaps in lower divisions.

His opportunities at Stoke will surely be very limited with Mark Hughes deploying Bojan Krkic effectively in the striking role of late, with the Potters utilising a more mobile and flexible attack to their advantage.

Southampton v Stoke City - Premier League

Unfortunately for Crouch he doesn't fit the bill to operate in this system due to his physical limitations, with Mame Beram Diouf also ahead of the Englishman when it comes to out and out centre forwards.

It would be a shame for Crouch to waste his twilight years on the bench at the Liberty Stadium - after all, on his day, he really can be a tough man to play against.

5. PAPY DJILOBODJI - CHELSEA

Some of you may ask: who is this man? Well, in the summer, Chelsea signed Papy Djilobodji from French side Nantes in what will surely go down as one of the strangest transfers in the club's, if not Premier League, history.

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The Senegal international has barely played a minute this season despite Chelsea's horrendous defensive displays and after only a few months in England, it is surely time for him to look for a new club.

A deadline day panic buy in some respects, Djilobodji cannot really be labelled a 'flop' as he hasn't played enough to render this fact true. However, he will go down as one of the most anonymous pieces of business by the Blues and one that surely will not make it past the January window.

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