After a pretty non-eventful deadline day, Manchester United have looked so far this season like they have not just two full squads capable of playing to their best, but three.
Players who would be front and centre at almost any other club are being left on the bench and given minimum game time, and while Sir Alex Ferguson keeps insisting that squad members should be patient, that patience is running out for some.
Here, GMF lists the players who could hit the exit door at Old Trafford in January.
1. Tomas Kuszczak
Kuszczak barely qualified for a Premier League medal after United won the title last season, and his performance against Blackburn in the match where United secured the trophy was shaky and disappointing. Now, he’s in third place for the keeper spot behind Anders Lindergaard and David De Gea.
After failing to secure a move in the summer, Kuszczak told reporters today: “I am angry and disappointed with the way I am treated. I had a few good offers. The problem was the club who wanted to sell me for £4m.”
Chance of leaving: 9/10
2. Dimitar Berbatov
After not being included in the Champions League final line-up last season against Barcelona, Berbatov looked all but gone from the squad in the transfer window. But the striker insisted he’d fight for his spot and stay at Old Trafford.
Fast forward a few months, and despite putting in convincing efforts in the USA pre-season tour, Sir Alex Ferguson just can’t say no to putting on-fire pair Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez ahead of the Bulgarian international. Paris Saint-Germain were rumoured to be chasing Berbatov, and will no doubt be chasing harder come January.
Chance of leaving: 7/10
3. Federico Macheda
During the transfer window, speculation was rife that Macheda would make the move from United to another club on loan. Ferguson was keen to keep the young Italian but give him more game time, with Berbatov, Michael Owen, Hernandez and Rooney all in front of him for a spot on the side.
Macheda’s agent told reporters on deadline day: "[He] doesn't return to Italy, Manchester United will send him on loan in the Premier League. At this time Newcastle has the edge over Queens Park Rangers.” But a deal never eventuated, leaving the youngster set for more loan deal talks in January.
Chance of leaving: 8/10
4. Ji Sung-Park
Ferguson faces more choices for the wing position than any manager would need, and should Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Luis Nani suffer minimal injuries this season, the South Korea international could decide that to maximise game time, it’s best to move on.
Park signed a new deal with United in August to remain with the club until 2013, but that would mean that next year he either needs to decide his long term future lies with the club, or elsewhere. And while he rubbished the comments a few days later, he did tell reporters in June: "According to circumstances, I might leave Manchester United and retire in another team."
Chance of leaving: 5/10
5. Jonathan Evans
The defender has admitted himself that his future could be in doubt at United, after suffering a disappointing season over the last year at Old Trafford. 'I was pretty confident the manager wouldn't get rid of me. I have always thought he has a bit of faith in me. Maybe you do have the odd doubt but I thought it would have been unfair if I had left, considering the two seasons I had before,” Evans said.
But with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling coming through the ranks to push stalwarts Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand for spots in the starting line-up, Evans could be sold in January to a club where he’ll get more game time.
Chance of leaving: 6/10
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