4 Players Red Devils Are Still Looking to Offload in the Near Future
After a busy summer period the tablecloth army have been keeping relatively quiet in regards to transfers at this all-too-chilly time of the year.
It seems as though Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace may well be the only man coming into the club, with the 20-year-old starlet set to sign for United to the tune of £12 million in the coming weeks.
But when there are comings there are almost always inevitable goings as well.
Whether this happens during this winter transfer window or perhaps a little while down the line in summer is harder to surmise.
However one thing that is for certain, is that some time soon several players will be shown the back door and kiss their Manchester United careers goodbye.
There may be a few names that some people will be unhappy to see on this list, but from a footballing point of view sometimes it's better to be cruel than to be kind and cut a player off before their time with the side becomes extensively prolonged.
Let's take a look at those players who may well be leaving Old Trafford.
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When this young Italian striker burst onto the scene with a wonder goal against Aston Villa, the future looked more than bright for Federico Macheda.
Suddenly, in an instant, the footballing world took note, as we believed we were watching the next phenomenon that had burst out of the Manchester United youth ranks.
Sadly, this was not to be the case, with the young forward having little to no real impact in the United set up since then.
Even during a loan spell at struggling QPR Macheda was ineffectual, struggling to make it into the relegation candidate's first XI on a regular basis.
With four world-class strikers already at United and several other promising young talents slowly rising up through the academy, the time has finally come to end Federico's time at the club.
It would be in the best interest of both parties for the man from Rome to pack his bags and try to find prosperity elsewhere.
A potential move back to his motherland would make the most sense. This would allow Macheda the chance to rediscover his footballing abilities and try to build up from square one again.
Staying at United is not helping anyone.
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It has been more than well documented in recent months that Luis Nani will undoubtedly be on his way out of the club in the coming months.
Initially it had seemed as though this would be happening as immediately as this window; although in recent days it appears as though his time at the club may extend to the end of this season.
Nani has always been one of those players that, in my eyes, should really be a lot better than he is.
In fact, if there was some magical way to mould two players together, then the amalgamation of Antonio Valencia and Nani would possibly be one of the greatest wingers to ever brace the game.
He has the technical ability to run at players, but seemingly totally lacks any sort of defensive know-how or knowledge of how to pass a ball.
If a teacher was writing a report on him they would conclude with the line: "Does not know how to co-operate with others."
It's a shame to lose a man who's been at the club so long, but Nani is definitely in the final throws of his United career.
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Perhaps a name that many wouldn't have expected to see on this list, but nevertheless somebody who will struggle to find a real purpose at the club in the coming years.
And trust me when I say that that is not a criticism of Ben's abilities, rather he can do better than being a third-choice keeper.
With David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard battling it out for the No. 1 jersey at Old Trafford (a battle that the Spaniard is currently leading in) Amos has been almost completely forgotten about.
It doesn't seem likely either of the aforementioned keepers will lose their place at the top of the United heap, and so—in his own best interests—a move away from Manchester may well be the best option for Ben.
Currently out on loan to Championship promotion-chasers, Hull City, Ben is enjoying a decent spell at the Tigers, making 17 starts for them so far already this campaign.
But should he even bother coming back?
One day I am confident that Ben Amos will be a name known across the country, making regular first-team appearances for a Premier League club. But will that club be United? I don't think it's likely—especially after performances like the one exhibited against Spurs from De Gea.
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Yes, I know how unpopular a choice this will be amongst the vast majority of readers.
Darren Fletcher is undoubtedly a United legend, making exactly 200 appearances for them in the Premier League alone, as well as countless others in the Champions League and FA Cup.
Fletcher has spent his entire career at United and has been a fan favorite for pretty much the entirety of that time.
But with his recent problems, which by the time they are resolved will have have kept him almost completely out of the game for two years, one cannot help but think that he just won't be the player he once was.
This, as well as the promising development in United's central midfield (with players likeTom Cleverley and Phil Jones making names for themselves) leads me to believe that Fletcher will not have a place at the club (or at least not in the United first team) when he returns at the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
And that's assuming that this upcoming surgery really does what it's meant to and fully heals the poor man!
Perhaps categorising Fletcher in a list of players that should be "offloaded" is an extremely harsh thing to do. But if Darren wants first team Premier League football, then (once everything is 100% sorted with him) he should really be encouraged to leave and try to find it.
One cannot foresee how he could possibly break into the starting XI again after such a lengthy absence from football.
But then again, sometimes sheer grit and determination is simply enough. Maybe Darren will be able to recapture that old form and prove a lot of his doubters wrong once again!