Manchester United need summer clear-out

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Transition.  This is one key word that appears to be summing up Manchester United this season.  Or, as David Moyes and his appeasers would want you to be summing up Manchester United.  Since his first day in the job on July 1 2013, Moyes has hinted at a "rebuilding" job that needs to be completed.

Rebuilding seems to be a weird word for what remains to be, the current Premier League champions.  A team that won the league by 11 points surely doesn't need a complete rebuild?

Alluding to that, Moyes appears to have his eyes set on this, and with many rumours surfacing of a £200m kitty at his disposal, may see an influx of new players combined with a flow of players out of the back door.

But who will be leaving this summer? The following list looks at those that are nailed on to leave, and those whose future's are still unclear.

From goalkeeper through to the forward line that are primed to be walking out of Old Trafford this summer, let's start with Anders Lindegaard.  Lindegaard, at 29 and in his prime, can not believe the rest of his career can be spent warming the subs' bench.  There is very little chance for him to oust David de Gea from the number one spot.  United have also been linked with a number of different goalkeepers to provide sterner competition for De Gea for next season.

Nemanja Vidic should not be in this list as he has already signed a pre-contract with Internazionale but it is worth noting his absence for next season.

Nani is a name that, given the fact he signed a new five year contract at the start of the season, should not be on this list.  However, even after the contract, Moyes has not appeared to trust him, or the way he plays.

 Moyes likes structured wingers who stay wide and are happy to do the "dirty" work, something Nani is not akin to.  A superb performance and goal in the 5-0 away win at Bayer Leverkusen looked like the turning point for Nani this season, but a hamstring injury has seen him sidelined since December.  Although being fit for the previous three games, Moyes has preferred Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia to patrol the right side.

The exits of these four stars would be a big miss for most teams, but they could be compounded with the loss of another batch of first team players from this years squad.

Patrice Evra has an extremely successful United career.  Being United's first choice full-back since his signing in 2006.  Evra has only missed a handful of games over eight years, and it has begun to take its toll over the past couple of years, but he has still shown glimpses of his class throughout the season. Out of contract this summer and appearing to be unsettled since the appointment of Moyes, who has publicly been chasing a left-back, could see Evra decide to settle for pastures new.

Rafael has also come under criticism this season.  Last season he made the right-back spot his own, handed the No. 2 shirt by Alex Ferguson and had a great season.  Under Moyes however, he appears to have regressed slightly, with some of his immatrue displays coming back into his showings.  Moyes has long been linked with another former Everton player in Seamus Coleman.

Shinji Kagawa is something of a strange commodity among United fans.  He is ultimately loved by the Reds following, and somewhat surprised as to how and why he has been marginalised this summer.

 Unlucky with injuries in his first season at United, his second season has been hindered by Moyes' lack of appreciation for his talents, and has been mentioned as a makeweight in any move for Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan or Marco Reus.  Rumblings of his discontent too have become prevalent in the press, but his recent performances suggest that Moyes should be playing him more often.  Only time will tell whether Moyes wants him in his line-up next season.

Ashley Young is another that may be shown the exit door.  After a bright start to his United career, it took a complete nose-dive after his poor showing at Euro 2012.  Struggling with form and injuries since, Young has become more renowned for his diving rather than his play.  Young is the type of winger that Moyes appreciates, but his end product has been poor way too often, so may be ushered out to free up funds for new signings.

Tom Cleverley may also be heading for the exit this summer.  This season has not gone quite to plan for Cleverley, who was used to great effect under Alex Ferguson, but has been exposed in a team lacking an attacking will and confidence.  Cleverley's confidence is at an all time low right now, and has been linked with a move to Everton this summer.

Darren Fletcher has also been linked with moves away this summer, which comes as a surprise as he is viewed as Mr Manchester United in many fans eyes, and is held in extremely high regard amongst the fans and the players. Losing Fletcher would be a massive disappointment, especially for the players but sentimentality can't get in the way of a successful team.

Javier Hernandez, or Chicharito if you would prefer, appears to be unsettled under David Moyes.  Rumours began appearing last season with the introduction of Robin van Persie to the team, but you always had the sense that under Ferguson, Chicharito would settle down and understand his role in the team.

 However, this year has got even worse for Chicharito, even with both Van Persie and Wayne Rooney being injured for large spells. Having only starting just four games all season could be the final straw for Hernandez, with his celebration after his goal against Aston Villa on Saturday suggesting his unhappiness at Old Trafford.

Finally, this post has to have a mention for Robin van Persie.  Incredibly, the contrast between this season and last is such that "RVP" could be on his way out of Old Trafford.  

Van Persie is seen by many as the main reason the title went to Old Trafford last year. The problems for him arose as soon as Fergie announced his retirement.  Van Persie is said to have felt a little betrayed by Fergie, who has promised him that he would not be retiring any time soon.  

The tactics under David Moyes on top of the rigourous training has seen Van Persie sustain a few injuries throughout the season. If Van Persie himself pushes through a transfer, Moyes may let this happen, with a transfer fee coming in and the freeing up of huge wages helping with his overall rebuild.

Whether all, or none, of these players leaves this summer this summer, but it would be simple to suggest that there would be no real surprise were any of these players to leave.  The amount of combined transfer income and loss of wages expenditure could prove critical to Moyes' plans, on top of what has already been a poor season on the pitch, resulting in missing out on £25m income from the Champions League next season.

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