Tuesday 25 July 2017

Who are the six Manchester United stars axed by Louis van Gaal since Leicester horror-show?

Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs look on in frustration against PSV Eindhoven
Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs look on in frustration against PSV Eindhoven

As they prepare for a return trip to Leicester, we look at who paid the price for Manchester United's 5-3 humiliation at the King Power Stadium last season - Louis Van Gaal's lowest moment as manager.

RAFAEL DA SILVA

Brazilian defender conceded a penalty at Leicester and made only nine more appearances under Van Gaal before being sold to Lyon in July. Regarded as unreliable defensively.

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Rafael has hit out at Louis van Gaal

TYLER BLACKETT

Mancunian defender was promoted into the team due to an injury crisis, but the youngster was sent off in the 5-3 defeat and became a fringe player. Now on loan at Celtic.

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Tyler Blackett has joined Celtic on a season long loan

JONNY EVANS

Northern Irish defender sold to West Bromwich Albion this summer after 198 senior appearances for United. Out for two months after injury suffered at Leicester.

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Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has joined West Bromwich Albion

ANGEL DI MARIA

The £59.7m British record signing scored a wonder goal to give United the lead at Leicester, but his bright start fizzled out quickly and was sold to Paris Saint-Germain as an expensive flop this summer.

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Angel Di Maria admits he struggled with life at Manchester United

RADAMEL FALCAO

Colombian forward earned £265,000-a-week in wages during loan from Monaco, but scored just four goals in 29 games before joining Chelsea - and enduring a similar barren run - this summer.

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Falcao: ‘I am happy to be joining Chelsea’

ROBIN VAN PERSIE

Van Gaal’s captain with Holland at the 2014 World Cup, Van Persie scored just 10 goals last season before being offloaded to Fenerbahce in June.

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Robin van Persie scored 10 goals in 27 Premier League appearances for Manchester United in the 2014-15 season

From Van Gaal's line-up that day - De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Blackett, Rojo, Blind, Herrera, Di María, Rooney, Falcao and van Persie - only two outfield players, Blind and Rojo, are now regulars in Van Gaal's side.

Telegraph.co.uk

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