Friday, 29 July 2016

Deadweight: Who needs to go this summer?

After the departure of Louis van Gaal, the players will all be eager to try and impress new manager, Jose Mourinho. The manager has made it no secret that he will only settle for the best. We are carrying lots of deadweight in our squad at the moment and after our new signings, it is clear that the manager will want to cut down the first team squad. Nobody has a secure place in the squad and everyone will have to work for their place. 

Marcos Rojo – After signing last summer, we are still unsure as to what his best position is; left back or centre back? He has been given the chance to shine in both positions but he has shown that he is not Manchester United material. Always looking uneasy on the ball and backing out of tackles; this is not what we want in a defender. To be perfectly honest, I would much prefer Borthwick-Jackson in left back as Rojo is nothing but a liability. There is only one solution: SELL

Daley Blind – Despite his obvious lack of pace, Daley Blind is arguably our most intelligent footballer. His vision is exceptional and his versatility is priceless. When signing for Manchester United, Blind was thought of as being a defensive midfielder. However, he has proven himself in both full back and centre back. It would be unwise to sell such a versatile and composed player. KEEP

Adnan Januzaj – After making his debut under David Moyes and scoring twice to win us the game against Sunderland, Januzaj hasn’t done much else to show that he deserves to play for Manchester United. After a failed loan move to Borussia Dortmund where he only made 2 starts, Januzaj came back to Manchester United and didn’t offer much more to the squad. There are rumours that the new Sunderland manager, David Moyes wants to bring him to the Stadium of Light. Maybe a short term reunion with Moyes would be the best step to seeing whether he has a bright career ahead of him. LOAN

Andreas Pereira – Whenever I hear this name, I immediately think “Paul Pogba”. We cannot make the same mistake again. It is clear that Pereira has talent and can become a star but he is not getting the chances he deserves. Last season it felt as if every young player was getting their chance apart from Andreas Pereira who is arguably the most talented. Instead, he was left to tear apart the U21 Premier League with his skill and power. It doesn’t seem like there will be much space for him to shine under Mourinho so the best option for his career would be to let him shine elsewhere for the time being. LOAN

Juan Mata – Despite Juan Mata’s tricky history with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, the pair are insistent that there are no hard feelings between the two. Yet, I find that slightly hard to believe. There is no doubt that Juan is a fan favourite at Old Trafford and if he were to leave, it would weaken our team severely. In the first two games of pre-season, Juan Mata registered an assist in each game and was very influential. There is no doubt, we must hold on to this asset. KEEP

Memphis Depay – The man who was labelled as the flop signing of last season. When the Dutchman joined us, we were expecting magic and for Memphis to be our key player. After an exquisite performance against Club Brugge where Memphis stole the show, things went dramatically downhill. Memphis spent the majority of the season on the bench, if not playing for the U21s. We saw glimpses of his talent but that was not enough for the amount we spent on him. We need consistency. So far in pre-season, he has not impressed in the matches he’s played, seeming almost non-existent on the pitch. Not a very good first impression to make on the new manager. As much as I hope that he will find his form at United, I think it may be sensible to give him a chance to find it elsewhere. LOAN

Phil Jones – When we signed this youngster from Blackburn Rovers, Sir Alex Ferguson expected great things from him in the future. It was predicted that he could be the leader of Manchester United and England. Blighted by injuries, it was clear that this was not going to happen. Making only a handfull appearances per season, Phil Jones is not what we need at United. His proneness to injuries is what is stopping him from becoming a world class defender. It is time for him to move on to another club. SELL

Matteo Darmian – Another player recently signed by Louis van Gaal, Darmian failed to impress in his first season at Manchester United. He has shown himself to be an average player at best and that is not good enough for Manchester United. On the other hand, he has proven to be useful, especially with our injury crisis in the left back position. He has shown glimpses of the full back which he could be but is sometimes frustrating to watch. If we can find a replacement for him, then it would be practical to SELL him.

Ashley Young – The only reason that he is still in our squad is because he managed to bench Di Maria in Louis van Gaal’s first season. His best position is on the left wing. However, our first choice in that position is always going to be Martial and second, Memphis. Young would not get much game time if he were to stay, therefore it seems best for him to leave. SELL

Antonio Valencia – The 30-year-old Ecuadorian captained the team twice in our pre-season fixtures and showed himself to be a solid right back. His transition from becoming a winger to a defender looks to be complete. Despite his lack of a left foot, he looks to be composed as ever. After 7 years at the club, he still looks as fit and fast as ever. KEEP

Bastian Schweinsteiger – The solid midfielder who captained his country to World Cup glory in 2014 recently announced his retirement from International football. The experience which this man carries is irreplaceable. He can dictate an entire football match from the centre of the pitch. Although there are several reports that Mourinho has told him that he needs to find a new club, we cannot afford to let this man leave. KEEP

Marouane Fellaini – Most commonly known for his dangerous elbows, Fellaini will need to prove his worth to the new manager. Nevertheless, he does have some positives, his height in midfield and for set pieces is often useful and his strength and power can be exploited. One thing is for sure, with Paul Pogba around, Fellaini won’t get a look in. In the end, Fellaini is not good enough to win us the league. SELL

Jesse Lingard – Our hero who won us the FA Cup, Lingard was pivotal in the squad last season. By the end of the season, he became our first choice right winger. Now, after the signing of Mkhitaryan, Lingard will be second choice, if not third. He isn’t world class but we know one thing for sure, he is a hard worker and can be useful and can be a squad rotation player. KEEP

James Wilson – After being given his debut by Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and scoring twice on the occasion, Wilson has failed to get a look in for the first team. Recently dubbed by Lionel Messi to be a world-beater, it is clear that there is lots of potential there. However, with Marcus Rashford recently breaking into the first team and stealing all the headlines, it doesn’t look like he will be given much of a chance at Old Trafford this season. LOAN

1 comment:

  1. You've left the sqaud with only ONE left winger.We need depth and not just average depth, good depth. I agree with u on most things except:
    1. Memphis: He can battle it out and switch with Martial.(4 competitions he'll get time)
    2.Darmian: if he can get his confidence back up, he can shine. Keep for one more season to prove his worth but Fabinho wd be nice competition 4 him.
    3.Sadly I agree with you on Pereira.we have enough midfielders now, it'll be rough for him getting time.

    Oz nice article

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