With Manchester United having now secured a place in next season's Champions League, through finishing in the top four places in the Premier League, it is expected that the Old Trafford club will invest heavily in their squad, to bring new faces in to push to the next level. But with a large influx of new players a major possibility, it is almost certain that a few will be heading for the exit.
So who are the most likely players to depart this summer?
David de Gea
Probably the player that Manchester United fans least want to go, David de Gea has been in excellent form this season, earning himself a place in the Premier League Team of the Season. His tremendous performances have earned his side numerous points, and have earned himself rave reviews the world over. And these performances have attracted the interest of Spanish giants Real Madrid. With his contract due to expire at the end of next season, it is thought that if Manchester United cannot convince De Gea to sign a new contract, they would intend to cash it in on the goal keeper, rather than letting him go on a free transfer in 12 months time.
If this is the case, it will be a big blow for United, but van Gaal has already stated he has been looking at the goal keeping situation in case de Gea does leave. So we will have to wait and see with that.
Angel Di Maria
Manchester United's record transfer at £59.7 million, the early signs were promising for the Argentinian midfielder. However, after a good start, Di Maria has seriously struggled to hit good form and, as a result, has lost his place in the starting XI. He is reportedly unsettled in Manchester, not helped by an apparent and attempted break-in at his home earlier in the season.
With Gareth Bale heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, as well as Memphis Depay's imminent arrival, it could be one and done for Angel Di Maria in terms of seasons in the Premier League. A move to PSG or a potential return to Real Madrid, maybe even as a part of a Gareth Bale transfer. So Angel Di Maria's Old Trafford days could be numbered.
Bought in on a one-year loan deal from AS Monaco, this season for Radamel Falcao has been a very disappointing one. His world class ability and goal scoring exploits have not been in evidence, largely due to injury problems and a knock in confidence. With this season such a disappointment, it is unlikely that United will cough up the £45+ million to sign him on a permanent deal. So it's fairly safe to say that the Colombian will most likely not be a Manchester United player next season.
The difference-maker in his first season at Old Trafford, his goals were a deciding factor in Manchester United's last Premier League title success in the 2012-13 season. Since then, injury problems and a lack of consistency, combined with his growing age, have cast doubt over the Dutchman's future at Old Trafford. Despite having former Dutch international coach Louis van Gaal at the helm this season, that has done little to inspire top form from the striker. And with him getting on in age, it has been suggested that van Persie is set to leave United at the end of the season.
A potential move to Italian champions Juventus has been rumoured, and with his career coming to an end, this may be the one last move to a big club of his career.
Chicharito was an exciting addition to the Manchester United ranks when he signed from Chivas for a fee of £7 million in the summer of 2010. Scoring 20 goals in all competitions in his first season, as well as a scorer of key goals in their title wins in 2011 and 2013, the Manchester United fans adored the Little Pea. However, with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie ahead of him in the pecking order, he has found first team action hard to come by.
For the 2014-15 season, he moved on loan to Spanish giants Real Madrid, but suffered the same issues as at Manchester United. Usually behind Karim Benzema in the pecking order this season, he has started just 6 games for Los Blancos.
It is expected that he will not move to Real Madrid on a permanent deal this summer, but his Manchester United future is still in doubt.
Tottenham, Everton and West Ham have all been linked with a move for the Mexican forward, and his days may be numbered at Old Trafford.News Now - Sport News