Four Manchester United players who should be sold by Louis Van Gaal

by Nicolas Berg

With Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager, several underperforming players should be worried about their future at the club.

We take a look at four who could have played their last game for United.

Antonio Valencia

The Ecuadorian winger was in immense form in the latter half of the 2011/12 campaign, taking on defenders with pace and power like they weren’t there, but he has failed to deliver a single performance by that standard since. This is in spite of playing regularly on the right-hand side of United’s midfield (and occasionally as a right-back).

These days, the only thing he offers is a decent work-rate but unfortunately, it’s mixed with a lack of concentration that has cost United several times over the past 12 months. Two examples that comes to mind are Sergio Aguero’s opener against United at the Etihad where the Ecuadorian failed to mark Aleksandar Kolarov who put in the cross for Aguero’s goal. The other particuar incident occured in the home game against Everton when he conceded a completely unneccesary free-kick on the edge of the box in the dying minutes of the game, and subsquently failed to pick up his man Bryan Oviedo who scored the winner.

United should be in control of most games which require attackers being able to come up with the extraordinary every now and then. Valencia struggles to get past his man and if he does, the crossing quality is woeful. Neither does he offer any proper goalscoring threat and he is one of the most predictable wingers around.

In other words, he has failed to do what he’s paid for and should be the first one looking for a new club.

Marouane Fellaini

At Everton, Fellaini thrived in the role behind the striker where he could nod in the crosses from Leighton Baines and cause the opposition problems when carrying his physical presence in the box.

At United, he has featured in a deeper role which meant less presence in the box and less opportunities to cause aerial problems for the opposition, like he did against United on so many occasions.

Fellaini was able to play there quite often because Everton didn’t have anyone else. At United, he can’t play behind the striker because of the abundance of players with their strength in that positon like Rooney, Kagawa and Mata.

When playing in the centre/defending midfielder role he is so pedestrian, particularly when paired with Carrick, not creative enough on the ball and his passing qualities are nothing more than average. Add onto the fact he is not able to take on a man becuase he’s not tricky or pacy enough.

The appearance of Louis van Gaal will not change any of this and although he has only been here for one season, it’s better for United to try and cash in on him now, especially if he has a decent World Cup.

Ashley Young

Young scores great goals but they are few and far between, sandwiched in between a barrel load of below average performances.

20 league appearances with only two goals and an assists are the key figures for Young from last year. He seems like a decent bloke off the pitch but on it, he simply isn’t reliable or good enough for United.

Young is a player who could do the business for a team around seventh but at this club, he has consistently lacked the required level of confidence to wear the shirt properly.

Time for Young to be replaced.

Javier Hernandez

The former Guadalajara striker is not an absolute must to get rid of but considering Van Gaal’s crush on 4-3-3, the presence of Van Persie and Rooney, having Welbeck around and James Wilson as a starlet, Chicharito suddenly seems superfluous.

He’s a super-sub but not technically gifted enough to be a United regular and a player turning 26 before the start of next season would probably fancy a regular role at his club. United can’t offer him that and to be fair we have sufficient cover without him as well, so looking to cash out would benefit both the club and the player in the long term.

As well as these four, you could also justify arguments for the likes of Tom Cleverley and Nani, so there are definitely more than four players who could leave this summer depending on what Van Gaal decides to do.

What players do you think Manchester United should sell? Leave your choices in the comments.

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