Now that preseason preparation has come to an end Van Gaal has decided who he wants and who is surplus to requirements, Sky Sports report the Dutch manager as saying: "I shall make judgements after the tour. I have let all the players play so I know now more than I did before.”
The departures of senior members of the squad have already been finalised, including Patrice Evra’s move to Juventus, Nemanja Vidic’s departure to Inter and Rio Ferdinand’s Harry Redknapp reunion at QPR. However many other names have been tipped to be shown the door including:
David Moyes’s so called ‘marquee’ signing from his previous employers Everton for £27.5 million was from the start regarded as a slightly perplexing signing. Perceived to not fit in with Manchester United’s playing style and midfield due to being an inelegant old fashioned midfielder low on technical ability but high on aggression.
Perhaps rather unfairly seen as a scapegoat along with Moyes for the club’s dismal performances last season, however his failure to score and his measly one assist in the league last season does not help his cause especially at a time when the club needed creativity and playmaking in midfield the most.
Criticism of the Belgian reached its peak particularly across social media in the club’s Champions League quarter final meeting with Bayern where one Spanish newspaper did not even bother to rate the midfielder’s performance.
Verdict: The fact that Louis Van Gaal is not believed to be a huge fan of the 26-year-old combined with reported interest from Napoli means his Man Utd future looks bleak. However the club will only settle for a good transfer fee to recover the large fee paid for him.
The Brazilian playmaker looks a dead cert to depart Old Trafford having not made a first team performance since being shipped out on loan to Fiorentina early last season. His bitter comments while on loan on the topic of how he and many other players ‘want out’ of Man Utd added fuel to the fire at a troubling time for the club and confirm the unlikelihood of his stay.
Verdict: Van Gaal’s non-selection of the Brazilian for the club’s preseason tour and the arrival of Herrera indicate he has no future at the club.
The frustrating midfielder is in the same category as Fellaini in terms of receiving widespread criticism last season with a petition declaring him to not be picked for England’s World Cup even reaching over 17.500 signatures. His style of play has also not gone unnoticed by criticisers with his lack of dynamism and constant side to side passing ridiculed. The unadventurous midfielder managed 0 assists and a 1 goal return last season.
Verdict: Although Van Gaal's views on the player are unclear, as it stands it seems he is destined to join the ranks of a lower mid table or struggling Premier League side at some point.
After Van Gaal's recent comments on the club having too many players in the attacking midfield position, Kagawa’s future is cast into doubt with the Japanese international failing to assertively stamp his mark on the club - although the player has shown glimpses of what he is capable of doing such as his hat-trick against Norwich last year. Unfortunately, unlike Cleverley he has not been given enough opportunities.
Verdict: Will stay as useful understudy to Juan Mata and Ander Herrera unless reported interest from Dortmund and Atletico Madrid culminates in which case cashing in is likely.
The Mexican striker’s future looks in doubt after Van Gaal’s recent ambivalent comments on his future. Three years ago the 26-year-old could do no wrong and swiftly became a fan favourite scoring 20 goals in all competitions in his debut season however over the past couple of seasons he has fallen down the pecking order making an increased amount of substitute appearances.
Verdict: Van Gaal’s recent stance and the widespread reported interest around Europe including Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan as well as newly cash rich Southampton being poised to make a bid, all point to a farewell for the Mexican.
Zaha is another who has found first team chances hard to come by, having been shipped out on loan back to Crystal Palace as well as Cardiff City and altogether only earning two Man Utd appearances so far. However the young prospect’s performances for Cardiff have been promising for Van Gaal and Premier League clubs are lurking over his availability.
Verdict- Van Gaal’s reputation in favour of promising young players and Zaha’s ability to play both up front and on the wing suggest he is likely to fit into Van Gaal’s new formation and indicate Zaha will finally have his chance as he has done already in preseason.
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