With Manchester United’s US tour coming to an end, Louis Van Gaal has indicated that he will let the players know where they stand. There are likely to be more players coming to Old Trafford but also some of the current squad could be surplus to requirements at the club.
Van Gaal is clearly judging his squad and a number of players have had little game time on the US tour, while young players Tyler Blackett and Michael Keane have been singled out for praise. Ashely Young and Antonio Valencia have also showed their versatility playing in unfamiliar wing-back roles.
I shall make judgements after the tour. I have let all the players play so I know now more than I did before, Van Gaal told Sky Sports.
But in football, you have to judge. Always, you have to give a chance to a player to make a transfer when you see that his perspective is not so high to play.
You have to say it in advance. When you say it on August 31st, it’s too late. I shall say to the players what I think after the tour.
But who are the player’s that are looking most likely to be leaving Old Trafford and moving on to pastures new?
The 27-year-old has looked unsettled at Manchester in the last two years failing to find the form of 2010/11 season, which was his most productive in a United shirt. With Van Gaal using a 3-5-2 formation the enigmatic Portuguese winger is now likely to leave.
There is no doubting the talent of Nani, however a move could be just what he needs to revitalize his career, where injuries and a lack of form has disrupted his campaigns for the last two seasons. He has not featured much in the US tour and it is clear that he is not in Louis Van Gaal’s plans
The Portugal international has been linked with a move to Serie A, with Juventus and Inter Milan possible destinations.
2. Marouane Fellaini
Fellaini has looked out of his depth at Old Trafford, asked to play in a much deeper role, this has not suited the strengths of the Belgian international who could be better utilized closer to goal where his aerial prowess could be more of a threat.
The 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Napoli and the Daily Star have reported that the former Everton player is set for a medical at the Serie A club. Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that a loan deal for Fellaini could be more likely than a permanent departure for the Belgian.
Brazilian midfielder Anderson was completely out of favour last year despite Manchester United’s midfield problems the former Porto midfielder was sent out on loan to Serie A club Fiorentina.
Signed as a 19-year-old the midfielder has failed to live up to the hype that surrounded the player in his teens. A move back to Serie A could be likely, the midfielder did not play in the US tour with a calf injury ruling him out and he is unlikely to be at Old Trafford for the upcoming season.
4. Wilfried Zaha
Zaha was clearly out of favour with David Moyes last year and a loan move in January was required for the young winger to play first team football. With Louis Van Gaal favoring a 3-5-2 formation this does not bode well for the former Crystal Palace winger.
The winger still has time on his side but it seems his immediate future is not at Manchester United with Zaha only featuring in two substitute appearances in the five game tour of the United States. A loan move to a Premier League club such as Crystal Palace, Newcastle or one of the promoted teams could be a most likely destination for the 22-year-old.
5. Shinji Kagawa
The Japanese international has only shown glimpses of his talent at Manchester United and with Van Gaal stating that the squad lack balance, it is clear that Kagawa could be surplus to requirements as Juan Mata is favoured in the No. 10 role.
A move back to the Bundesliga could be likely and Kagawa has not shown the form he displayed when impressing with Germany at Borussia Dortmund, winning Bundesliga Player of the Year in the 2011/12 season before his move to Old Trafford.
It looks set to be an interesting few weeks at Manchester United, with a number of player who could be surplus to requirements and Van Gaal is likely to sign more quality to guide the Red Devils back into the top four of the Premier League.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.