Saturday 7 December 2019

Who will join Vidic and Ferdinand in the mass exodus from Manchester United?

Rio Ferdinand has announced that his 12-year career at Manchester United is over, Nemanja Vidic is off to Inter but with a massive cull expected, who else will leave Old Trafford this summer

1. Anders Lindegaard

Understudy to David de Gea, the Denmark goalkeeper is a self-confessed United fanatic, but has made only three appearances this season and may seek a move elsewhere.

2. Chris Smalling

The England defender has made little progress over the past 18 months, with doubts still raised over whether he is best at right-back or centre-half. Likely to stay, but prospects uncertain.

3. Patrice Evra

The French defender has been a mainstay at left-back for eight years, but contract expires in June and is expected to return to France with Monaco or PSG.

Patrice Evra wants to put the current campaign behind him quickly

4. Danny Welbeck

The pacy forward is growing increasingly disgruntled at Old Trafford and will want assurances from the new manager that he will get a chance up front rather than out wide. Arsenal and Spurs would be interested.

5. Alex Buttner

Signed as cover for Patrice Evra in August 2012, but while he offers penetration going forward, the Dutchman is suspect defensively, which is not ideal for a full-back. May remain as cover, however.

6. Anderson

Arguably the biggest waste of money during Alex Ferguson's 27-year reign as manager. Offered little since his £26m arrival from Porto in May 2007 and was loaned to Fiorentina in January. Unlikely to return.

Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira

7. Tom Cleverley

Now 24, the England midfielder is facing a crossroads. Does little to affect big games and question marks remain over what he contributes to the team. Everton are ready to take him away from Old Trafford this summer.

Tom Cleverley of Manchester United

8. Shinji Kagawa

The Japanese midfielder has proven to be lacking, both physically and mentally, since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a £17m deal in June 2012. Rarely trusted by David Moyes and Juan Mata's arrival may force him out this summer.

9. Ryan Giggs

Now 40, Giggs could yet play on, but his future will become clear once Louis van Gaal decides what to do with him on and off the pitch.

Ryan Giggs has two more games of his spell as interim manager

10. Wilfried Zaha

Alex Ferguson's final signing and one of the worst. Overlooked by David Moyes before being loaned to Cardiff in January. Done little of note in Wales and is unlikely to have a future under Louis van Gaal.

11. Javier Hernandez

Appeared destined to be a star after scoring 20 goals in his debut season in 2010-11, but the Mexican has not progressed and his all-round game leaves much to be desired. Likely to be sold.

Striker: Javier Hernandez (Manchester United) 73.3pc shooting accuracy - The 'Little Pea' is likely to be one of the casualties of United's summer clear-out, but his eye for accuracy - no striker with 10 shots or more this season has hit the target more regularly - should make him coveted.

12. Marouane Fellaini

Cursed by his £27.5m price tag and status as David Moyes's big summer signing, the Belgian midfielder has endured a nightmare at United. If they can find a buyer, Fellaini will be sold, but finding a buyer won't be easy with his fee and wages.

13. Ashley Young

The former Aston Villa winger has done little of note in a United shirt since arriving from Villa Park in 2011 and he could be a victim of any Louis van Gaal purge.

14. Nani

Despite signing a five-year contract last autumn, Nani is set to leave after seven years at Old Trafford. Italian champions Juventus are close to finalising a deal for the winger.

Nani is set for a spell on the sidelines

15. Federico Macheda

Remember him? The Italian forward will be offloaded this summer after a string of unimpressive loans spells.

16. Bebe

The Portuguese winger has been mocked for his raw ability and is likely to be sold back to Portugal, but he has enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Pacos de Ferreira and is attracting interest from Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.

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