Manchester United Transfers: 5 Players Alex Ferguson Mustn't Sell This Summer
There are several players on the periphery at Old Trafford—players who may have reason to feel aggrieved at their regular absence from the Manchester United starting XI.
It would be easy to suggest that the likes of Javier Hernandez and Fabio be sold this summer, but this mustn't be the case.
Both are terrific talents, the former especially, and will be given plenty of chances to shine by manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Then there are the likes of Wayne Rooney and David de Gea—players who have been in fine form this season, but reported murmurs behind-the-scenes have seen them linked with moves overseas.
Here are five players who mustn't be sold this summer.
David de Gea
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It may seem ludicrous to suggest that Manchester United's acrobatic David de Gea could leave Old Trafford in the summer.
The Spanish shot-stopper has been in the form of his life the past few months and has arguably ranked as the club's best player in 2013 so far.
Begovic is an excellent goalkeeper, but he is no better than De Gea. While the suggestion that the two could play the rotation game together is a ludicrous one.
He may be coveted by La Liga's best, but United would be crazy to ship him back only two years after his arrival.
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Nani's season to date has been a very unfortunate one indeed.
The first half of his campaign was plagued by injury and a sharp drop in form, while his recent resurgence has been foiled by one Cuneyt Cakir in Europe and a niggling hamstring problem domestically.
Nani may not be the most consistent player in the United squad, but his natural talent and technique far eclipses that of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.
This has not been his best season, but one wouldn't be surprised if this time next year we were saying the opposite.
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Fabio's loan spell at Queens Park Rangers hasn't been entirely successful, but he will return to Old Trafford richer for the experience.
It wasn't too long ago the Brazilian full-back was starting at right-back in the 2011 Champions League final against Barcelona.
But regular playing time has seen his twin brother Rafael leap ahead of him in the pecking order—he has surely been United's most improved player of the season.
Fabio mustn't be written off, though—after all, he was the one originally deemed by some to be the more talented sibling when he first arrived in Manchester.
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Some have labelled Javier Hernandez's lack of first-team action this year as unfair on the part of Sir Alex.
When he has been selected, he has delivered more often than not. One only has to recall his stunning headed goal against Chelsea a little over a week ago for justification.
But that hasn't stopped reporters assuming that his sale was on the cards as a result.
The Mexican striker's agent had to quash such speculation last month, stating in an interview with ESPN: "It's true that in Manchester there is a lot of competition, but the boy has always played in a good way. For this reason I think that this isn't the right moment to leave" (h/t The Express).
Not only must he remain at Old Trafford next season, he must be trusted to deliver in more games.
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With Wayne Rooney's exclusion from Sir Alex's starting XI to take on Real Madrid earlier this month, a whole raft of "Rooney Out" stories hit the back pages.
Wealthy Paris Saint-Germain are the bookies' favorite to lure the English forward overseas.
The Mirror recently claimed that "PSG are understood to be ready to test United’s resolve to keep Rooney, 27, by making a big offer in the summer."
If there is still sanity at Old Trafford, this resolve must not be broken.
Rooney is one of the few truly world-class currently plying their trade in the Premier League, and one of the most gifted footballers of his generation.
Basically, he mustn't be sold.
Do you think Sir Alex should consider selling any of these players?