Manchester United’s victory over Liverpool in Miami in the International Champions Cup final was the first piece of silverware under Louis Van Gaal. Not only did they win all their games, but also played with a swagger and confidence that was nowhere to be seen last time around. The Red Devils impressed in their pre-season tour, playing some eye-catching football and scoring some magnificent goals.
While there are still some flaws to be ironed out, that is to be expected as a result of them having to play in not just a different style but a completely different formation. Every single player who went on tour, got an opportunity to impress. While some, like Ashley Young and new-signing Ander Herrera took the opportunity with both hands, others didn’t really make much of an impact.
Although there is less than two weeks to go before the start of the Premier League campaign, the Red Devils still have dead wood to clear. Irrespective of whether new players come in or not, the club will have to sell a few players, who either don’t fit in the current system, or don’t have what it takes to cut it at Manchester United any longer. Here are three players that the club must offload this summer.
If there is one footballer, who currently plies his trade at Old Trafford, who has the genuine sprinkling of star dust, that Cristiano Ronaldo brought during his time, it is Nani. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, far too often, Nani has failed to deliver and gone missing in games. For every fantastic performance that he has, there are a string of bad ones, just around the corner. Quite how he was rewarded with a lucrative contract last summer is a still a mystery.
All things considered, it looks like the time has finally come to offload this infuriating Portuguese winger, who has gone from being a regular in the starting XI to being a bench-warmer far too often in his time with Manchester United. With Van Gaal’s formation also having little use for wingers like Nani, who don’t track back and have the versatility to play as wing backs, the time is ripe to sell the enigma that is Nani.
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