Manchester United are in with a massive shout of winning their 20th Premier League title, with arguably one of the poorest squads Sir Alex Ferguson has ever managed. With their city rivals, Manchester City able to buy any player of their will with the cash available, United are in desperate need of regeneration and it is like Ferguson will need to seel before he buys.
Here, Into The Top Croner lists five players who should be shown the door at Old Trafford.
Dubbed as the next Ronaldinho upon his arrival from Porto in 2007, the Brazilian has seen his time at Old Trafford hampered by long-term injuries. The comparison to the Brazilian magician is a bit bizarre, considering Anderson’s far more combative nature in the centre of the park. Memories of a brilliant debut season that included a Premier League and Champions League double have long faded and while still only 23, Ferguson could do with recovering some of the £17m he spent on the midfielder.
2. Patrice Evra
Despite being a tremendous servant to the club since his arrival in 2006, this season there have been signs that age is catching up with him. The French full-back’s diminishing pace has been badly exposed by the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Lennon and with Fabio Da Silva waiting on the wings, it’s time Fergie game the young Brazilian a consistent run in the side and got a good fee for Evra while he still can.
Nani can be described in two words – incosistent and frustrating. Despite upping his game recently, the Portuguese winger still continues to blow hot and cold. It is not an easy task being compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, but Nani has been free of the £80m man’s shadow for some time and has yet to deliver anywhere near the lever United expect him, if they are to be up there with the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid. If the Red Devils are offered anything like the £30m price reported last summer, then they should surely take it.
4. Federico Macheda
Federico Macheda had a stunning impact on the 2008/09 title race with two successive late winner that ensured the Red Devils remained ahead of rivals Liverpool. However, since that glorious introduction, things have taken a downward spiral and after an unsuccessful loan spell at Sampdoria, Macheda is now strughling to get games on loan at QPR. A permanent move away from old Trafford would be best for both the parties.
Bought for an astonishing £8m, despite moving between Portuguese sides Estrela and Vitoria de Guimaraes for free five weeks earlier, Ferguson claimed Bebe’s arrival was a “fairytale story” after his rise from obscurity. Fairytale in the sense that it was utterly fanciful to expect Bebe to come good.