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Report: Five Manchester United stars axed ahead of new Premier League season

Aug 10, 2014, 7:26 PM EDT

As promised Louis van Gaal has wielded the axe at Manchester United. Names of the players he has cast aside are beginning to emerge in the British press.

At least five players are said to be heading out of Old Trafford.

According to reports from the Daily Mail, Rafael, Marouane Fellaini, Nani, Anderson and Javier Hernandez have all been told they have no future at Old Trafford by new boss Louis van Gaal and will be allowed to leave if bids arrive for them.

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The only real surprise name on that list is Brazilian right back Rafael who was first choice in the last two season for the Red Devils. However in van Gaal’s preferred 3-5-2 formation, full backs are cast aside in favor of wingers who can defend. See: Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia. Another two players who also look to be out of favor are Tom Cleverley and Wilfried Zaha.

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Van Gaal’s new-look United are taking shape after they returned from their month-long tour of the U.S. On Tuesday they face Spanish side Valencia at Old Trafford before they face their season opener against Swansea City (Saturday, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra). Fellaini is rumored to be leaving United to join Napoli on loan after his big-money move from Everton last summer just hasn’t worked out. Nani and Anderson were both already thought to be surplus to requirements after playing bit parts during United’s preseason.

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As for Hernandez, the Mexican international striker has played well and scored goals for United during preseason but with Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Robin van Persie all ahead of him in the pecking order, the Red Devils may look to cash in on Chicharito and the player may want to leave to play regularly elsewhere. Juventus, Inter Milan and Southampton have been touted as possible destinations for the predatory striker.

United have been linked with moves for Mats Hummels, Daley Blind and Arturo Vidal in recent weeks and if they can oust the aforementioned quintet from their roster then van Gaal can kick on and bring some new faces in.

The times, they are a changing at Old Trafford. It is Louis’ way or the highway.

  1. dohpey28 - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Luke Shaw should’ve followed his old mates to Liverpool.

  2. nextmanup81 - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    I know it won’t happen now, but Chicharito could go to MLS, earn some decent coin and stoke the USA-Mexico rivalry in the US – which would only help the US domestic league.

    • siris46 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Why would he go to the MLS when he has top clubs after him that can offer more money than the MLS can?

  3. geejon - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Should hold onto Chicharito. Since they’re playing 2 up top and considering RVP’s extensive injury history, surely you need more than only one other striker (Welbeck) to have available.

    Rafael getting told to leave seems indicate someone else coming in. Perhaps the often mentioned DiMaria? As is, there’s only Shaw, Valencia and Young to play wingback.

  4. scoochpooch - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    about time for all of those guys to depart. CheeChee is the only one of value anyway.

  5. bellerophon30 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    They need to sell medium/high on Chicharito, much as I like him and think he’s a good player. Nani being re-signed last year was bizarre, and Fellani just epitomizes the Moyes disaster. Rafael….maybe he took the selling of his brother harder in private than we thought, otherwise getting rid of him makes little sense unless someone else is coming in. Anderson is just a waste of potential attached to a player who’s always 10 pounds overweight. At least.

    Keeping Cleverly I get, they need some cover until Carrick comes back and is fully fit, and they really can’t count on Fletch’s health week to week. All that remains is one more big-ish signing, and the jettisoning of one of the younger keepers…..I see that Celtic is now going to be on the market for one.

  6. jimmycrackcorn99 - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    I realize many of you will disagree, but I have always thought that Chicharito was highly talented but on the wrong team. Maybe a move to Spanish or Italian liga would suit him better.

  7. godsholytrousers - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Chicharito can’t create his own shot, although he is a very good finisher. He is the Mexican Wondo.

    • siris46 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      he is a poacher.

  8. ellabulldog - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Chicharito produces, he does score which is what forwards are supposed to do. Rafael is too small to defend in the Premier league, Anderson has done nothing in years. Nani has dropped off for some reason and Fellani just doesn’t fit.

    • scoochpooch - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      pretty spot on. Though I agree with other poster that Hern can create his own shot but finishes well, something most strikers don’t do – Soldado I’m looking at you.

  9. mikeevergreen - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Chicarito – probably going to Red Bulls to replace Theirry Henry. TH looked real old in Chicago last night.

    • siris46 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      He wont be going to the MLS

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