Tuesday 27 September 2016

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

Published 28/11/2015 | 14:07

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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