Paul Merson belives Manchester United have sold better players than their previous XI

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Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes five of the players Louis van Gaal has sold since he took over at Manchester United would have walked into their team against Bournemouth on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils' makeshift XI, that was missing eight members of the first-team squad, fell to a shock 2-1 defeat on the south coast and it extend their run to five games without a win in all competitions.

Pressure is beginning to build on Van Gaal after a run of bad results, a perceived boring style of play and having spent £250 million and not possessing any world-class players.


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Merson picked out Patrice Evra, Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher, Nani and Wilfried Zaha as players he would prefer to have over Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Patrick McNair, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard and Memphis Depay.


The Red Devils were missing Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney for the game with Bournemouth.

With all of those players fit, none of the names mentioned by Merson - bar Evra - would even be considered for the starting lineup. 

Injuries are part and parcel of the game and every side struggles with them, but United currently have more problems than Arsenal, who are considered to be in a crisis. 

That doesn't excuse the poor performances of Manchester United as they should be doing better and the fans have every right to expect more. But it seems people are just queuing up to stick the knife into Van Gaal.

Manchester United fans, of all the players moved on by Van Gaal, who would you take back? Leave your comments below

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