FIVE players set to be axed by Manchester United in January

Manchester United has certainly not had the best start to a season they could have. They currently sit in seventh in the Premier League with eight points.

And with a new era under way with Louis Van Gaal, there’s inevitably going to be some players who’ll be forced to make way for the Dutchman’s reinforcements over the coming months.

Whilst some players will want to try and change their fortunes for their club and earn themselves a spot in the starting 11, here are FIVE players that I think could possibly leave United in January and get out of the whole situation altogether.

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Anderson

Anderson

Anderson has only featured once for the Red Devils so far this season, coming off the bench for 20 minutes in the 0-0 away draw at Burnley.

The Brazilian seems to be out of selection at the moment at the club and has been for a while. His contract expires next summer but he still has a lot to offer as he is only 26. The likelihood is that Anderson will be sold in January to try and recoup some of the £27m that United paid Porto for his services back in July 2007. He is currently worth around £4m.

Tom Cleverley

Tom Cleverley

Like Anderson, Tom Cleverley’s contract also expires next summer.

The Englishman is currently out on loan at Aston Villa but I think he should be looking to making a more permanent move. The 25 year old has been playing well for Villa, earning himself a whoscored.com rating of 6.79 over three games played.

If he was back at United though, he wouldn’t be receiving any playing time as they have better quality midfielders in the likes of Juan Mata, Daley Blind, and Andre Herrera. Leaving his parent club is a must if he wants to develop his career. There is a buying option in his loan contract whilst at Villa and I think Cleverley should prove to Villa that it will be beneficial for them to use it. Cleverley is currently worth around £9.5m.

Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez

Also known as ‘Chicharito’, Javier Hernandez is currently out on loan at Real Madrid.

There is also a buying option in his loan contract and the Spanish giants might use it as the 26 year old has already scored twice from three substitute appearances at the club. His contract also expires next summer, but the likelihood of the Mexican being offered a new contract at United is close to zero due to the recent announcement that Colombian Radamel Falcao will be making his loan move to Old Trafford permanent.

Hernandez is currently worth around £12m and is in my opinion the best player to buy out of the five. He shouldn’t have any trouble finding a new club.

Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini

The Belgian has recently returning to training for the Red Devils after suffering a ligament injury during United’s opening game of the season loss at home to Swansea.

He could be the saviour for van Gaal’s defensive problems and troublesome start, but the most likely thing to happen is that he will be sold as he does not fit the dynamic, ball-playing style the Dutchman likes. United do have a couple more midfielders out injured at the moment so he could be given a chance to prove himself.

In my opinion, he is the most likely member of this list to stay at the club. He is currently worth around £17.5m.

Nani

Nani

Currently out on loan at Sporting Lisbon, Nani was used in part of the deal to bring Marcos Rojo to United.

He was given permission this past summer to leave United by van Gaal which I think the 27 year old will take advantage of as he has been out of selection for the past two seasons.

He’s been playing well at the Portuguese club but will be available for free next summer as his contract expires. He still has a lot to offer and many European clubs are interested in him so he shouldn’t have a problem finding somewhere else to play his football. He is currently worth around £10.5m.