Louis van Gaal’s first season at Manchester United looks like it will be considered a success and a lot of that is down to the talented squad he both inherited and added to.
The signings of Angel di Maria, Marcos Rojo and Ander Hererra have undoubtedly provided the vision and ambition that was lacking for huge parts of United’s disappointing previous campaign, so now as the current season comes to an end United will be evaluating which players have and can continue making a positive impact for the club as they look to return to their place at the top of the Premier League next season.
Here are three players that don’t make the grade and United are better off getting rid of.
In the Dutchman’s inaugural season he helped United win their 20th Premier League title, in turn giving Sir Alex Ferguson the send off he deserved. But between that joyful day and the present, Van Persie has seriously struggled. RvP has only one year left on his contract and at 31 he is fighting a losing battle. United tend to only give one year contracts to players over 30 and even then it is dependent on their recent contributions. Injuries and inconsistent form has meant that both the manager and fans have lost faith in him so a move may be his only chance to find regular football. Turkish side Fenerbahce are reported to be interested in signing him in a big money deal that would also see him reunited with Netherlands teammate Dirk Kuyt
For the past seven months Nani has been in Portugal playing for Sporting Lisbon and apparently he’s been doing quite well. The 28 year old, who was once expected to follow the same trajectory as ex-United star Cristiano Ronaldo, may have thought that his hard work would prove him worthy of a return, but if anything it has proven that a smaller club suits him better. Van Gaal wants to create a formidable team full of as many stars as possible and frankly Nani is not, and will not ever be, of that quality. Nani looks happy at Sporting, the club he started his senior career at, but whether or not they can keep him remains unclear. Everton have also been named as a possible destination but yet again his wage demands might unfortunately see him back on United’s bench next season.
Goodness knows how a player who is struggling to get opportunities at Manchester United would somehow rejuvenate his career at Real Madrid, where expectations are even higher. Unsurprisingly Hernandez has made only one league start since arriving in the Spanish capital and a permanent deal with the club seems highly unlikely. Used as a substitute in Real’s smaller games, Chicharito has scored only three goals and insists that his lack of playing time is what has held him back. That might well be the case but Manchester United will surely not give him the playing time he believes he deserves. The 26 year old has scored some important goals for United, 37 in total since joining in 2010, but he is not prolific enough for Van Gaal to consider regularly playing him. If another club are willing to sign Hernandez then United should let him go.