5 Manchester United Players Who Should Be Sold This Summer

Max TowleAnalyst IMay 1, 2013

5 Manchester United Players Who Should Be Sold This Summer

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    Whenever a player goes through a poor run of form, there are always those who are quick to write that player off.

    "Sell! Sell! Sell!" is the cry.

    A mixed season is currently coming to a close for Manchester United, in which domestic dominance was perhaps overshadowed by European and FA Cup disappointment.

    While several United players have not performed well, there should be no suggestions of a firesale.

    With that being said, there are a few players whose time at Old Trafford seems to have come to an end.

    Here are five names that fans of the club are unlikely to see play at the Theatre of Dreams next season.


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    Whether he leaves this summer or not, Anderson will be fondly remembered by Manchester United fans.

    For all of his inconsistencies, the exuberant Brazilian has had some fantastic moments with the club—most notably hitting crucial penalties in the Champions League final in 2008 and the Carling Cup final the following year.

    The dynamic midfielder's potential seemed immense when he originally made the move from Porto in 2007.

    However, since his first season, he has not made more than 20 league appearances in a campaign as injuries and poor form have held him back.

    According to a report in The Mirror last month, "Anderson is likely to head back to Portugal in the summer" (via Daily Mail).

Federico Macheda

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    Now 21, Federico Macheda burst onto the scene in dramatic fashion as a 17-year-old, scoring a late winner to down Aston Villa on his first-team debut in 2009.

    Since then, the Manchester United forward has failed to live up to massive expectations.

    Every now and again, a casual fan or a neutral will ask, "What happened to Macheda? I thought he was supposed to be good?"

    The Italian is on loan at Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart at the moment, where he is yet to find the back of the net.

    With the wealth of attacking options currently at Sir Alex Ferguson's disposal, he may as well stay there. 

Anders Lindegaard

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    It's not Anders Lindegaard's fault David de Gea has been in outstanding form for most of the season.

    Having started the term as joint No. 1, De Gea's incredible improvement has seen the Danish keeper's role at Old Trafford reduced to mere bystander.

    Last month, he said, "Of course, everybody wants to play and I’m not different from anyone else" (via The Mirror).

    It's a shame for him as he has never really put a foot wrong, but has just been a casualty of circumstance.

    With Ben Amos and Sam Johnstone emerging as fine options between the sticks, the sale of Lindegaard shouldn't cost United in the slightest. 


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    The less said about Bebe the better.

    Whenever Manchester United's biggest transfer flops are discussed, the Portuguese forward always tops the list.

    Signed by Sir Alex for £7.4 million purely on the advice of scouts, Bebe has made just two Premier League appearances for the Red Devils and both were shockingly poor.

    It's not his fault he isn't nearly good enough. The "expert" who recommended him is to blame for his disastrous spell at Old Trafford.

    Currently on loan at Rio Ave, Bebe would be lucky to ever play another first-team game under Sir Alex.

Ashley Young

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    With Manchester United's three wingers having played so poorly this season, there has to be a head to roll as a result.

    My belief is that Ashley Young just doesn't possess the quality to be a regular first-team player at Old Trafford.

    He is a hard-working player on the left flank, often tracking back to help his team defensively, but he lacks the pace and skill that is needed to play the position.

    When he runs at an opposing defender, there is no sense of danger or threat. His crossing can be effective, but in 19 Premier League games this season, he's notched only three assists. He's also yet to score.

    Ryan Giggs, Wilfried Zaha and a possible new signing is enough to play on the left. Young may have to go.


    Who else should be sold this summer? Are any of these players worth keeping?