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So The Fallout Begins... Who Should Leave United?

So The Fallout Begins... Who Should Leave United?

On the ruins of United season the speculation gathers pace: who should leave and who should come in to strengthen a squad that is past its best and is now in decline. Many people believe drastic changes are necessary - I do not agree.

Certainly, new players are needed and others might have to leave. Top of the latter list is the name of Dimitar Berbatov. I have been a defender of the Bulgarian for as long as I care to remember but he doesn't seem able to deliver consistently enough. He just does not influence games with the regularity that someone with his talent should.

He can't play up front on his own and while he is capable of providing brilliant passes to a strike partner, he's not consistent enough and is prone to disappearing for long intervals. Too often he hides in the shadow of Rooney and he's easily reduced to arguing with his teammates, something which was distressingly apparent at Ewood Park yesterday.

Apart from Berbatov, there is a question mark over the future of the squad's three oldest outfield players. Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs were brilliant footballers in their prime and on their day they are still very, very good. But those days are less and less frequent and their lack of energy and mobility means they are liabilities when the going gets tough. Too often we are bypassed in midfield when Scholes plays; too often we lack pace and penetration on the left if Giggs is fielded there and he's muscled off the ball too easily in central midfield.

They are legends and I do not suggest they should be forced to retire against their will. But we cannot rely on them as key players. Paul Scholes started successive games against Bayern Munich and Chelsea - he is unable to perform to the required level in two consecutive games of this magnitude. He lacks the legs, to put it simply, just as Giggs.

Nani earned himself a future at Old Trafford but another winger will surely leave: Zoran Tosic found his level at Köln in the Bundesliga and we should let him go. He would command a small fee and we could take him off the squad list.

Owen Hargreaves and Anderson are both fighting for their future. Injury denied them the chance to prove their credentials this season so I guess they will be assessed pre-season. I would not sell either, simply because we badly lack options in central midfield so we have to cling to the possibility that they might regain their 2007/08 form.

Fabio da Silva might be loaned out, according to reports. It would surely aid his development but need an understudy to Patrice Evra for next season. That could be the young and injury-hit Brazilian whose brother's progress has been encouraging since they signed in 2008.

I did not want Michael Owen and I do not rate him, apart from his finishing ability. Despite our lack of options up front I would gladly let him go: surely the likes of Hernandez or even Macheda are as good options as Owen. Ben Foster might also be sold, he'll be a third choice keeper at best and let's face it, we can have Ben Amos for that role.

That's about it. My United squad for next season would look like this:

Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Amos, Rafael, Brown, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fabio, Smalling, De Laet, Hargreaves, Anderson, Carrick, Fletcher, a new creative, quick central midfielder, Giggs, Scholes, Park, Nani, Valencia, Obertan, Hernandez, Macheda, Diouf, Rooney and a new striker capable of playing up front on his own as well as supporting Rooney.

Any thoughts?

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Date:Monday April 12 2010
Time: 9:23PM


Silva, Van Der Vaart, Sanchez? You seem to have no place for Wellbeck, think he'll not make the cut at OT?
12/04/2010 21:49:00
Its funny how last year Fergie said Chelsea are way past their best and only have old players and simply would not keep up a whole all we hear is how UTD have oldies only etc.....karma is a bitch ha?
12/04/2010 22:01:00
no money, no big names, no no glazers:@:@:@
12/04/2010 22:07:00
Who should leave United - all the old farts that are well passed it - Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Edward van der Saar - out, out,out!!!
12/04/2010 22:27:00
Personally, I'd keep foster and sell Kuszczak. Although I personally feel Kuszczak is marginally better, when VDS retires we'll need a number 2. With new rules coming in that you can only have 17 foreign players over 21 I'd say it makes far more sense to have an english number 2.
12/04/2010 22:50:00
Defensively we are fine as we are (though you forgot Evans on your list). I wouldn't want Fabio to go to sporting unless we had an instant call back clause as we cant expect Evra to stay injury free forever.
12/04/2010 22:53:00
Up front I cant see Berba sticking around - he doesnt fit into our style and has had little to no impact when we've really needed him. I cant see us getting rid of Owen. That would leave us with Rooney as our only striker with proper Premier League experience. I think our strikers next season will be Rooney, Owen, Hernandez and Diouf - with one of Welbeck/Macheda on loan. If we bring in an established striker like Benzema then Diouf and the two youngsters will probably all go out on loan.
12/04/2010 23:00:00
In midfield I think Scholes will retire and Possebon will be sold. I think Gibson and Cleverley will be assessed in pre-season and one will then be sold. Our midfield next year will be Hargreaves, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Cleverley/Gibson with the cheapest one from Hamsik, Milner and Rodwell.
12/04/2010 23:05:00
I hope that next season's squad will be: Van der sar Neville (Hope that he retire at the end of the season) Evra Hargreaves Ferdinand Brown David Silva (From Valencia) OR Milner (From Aston Villa) Anderson Luis Suarez (From Ajax) OR Benzema (From Real Madrid) Rooney Giggs (Hope that he retire at the end of the season) Hugo Lloris (From Lyon) Park Javier Hernandez Vidic Carrick Nani Scholes (Hope that he retire at the end of the season) Welbeck Fabio Rafael O’shea Evans Fletcher Valencia Obertan Macheda Gibson Kuszczak De Laet Smalling Diouf
12/04/2010 23:09:00
On the wings I think Tosic will move on for a fee dependant on his world cup performances. I think what happens on the wings will be dependant on what we do elsewhere. If we bring in a striker that plays from the left (ie Benzema/Vucinic/Suarez) then we wont see any wingers coming in. If we dont bring in any strikers we'll bring in a left winger that is quite creative ie Silva/Di Maria/Ozil.
12/04/2010 23:12:00
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