Manchester United: Players Who Could Leave Old Trafford This Summer

Jake Nisse@@jake_nisse_BRFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2013

Rooney and Hernandez celebrate a goal in a FA Cup tie vs. Fulham.
Rooney and Hernandez celebrate a goal in a FA Cup tie vs. Fulham.Clive Mason/Getty Images

With such a talented squad, it is utterly impossible for everyone on Manchester United to get a sufficient amount of playing time.

For some, a loss of playing time is related to their poor form, while others are hurt by immense depth at their respective positions. 

One player who fits this description perfectly is Javier Hernandez, a fan favorite who never seems to quite get the respect he deserves. 

In just 22 starts in all competitions, "Chicharito" netted 18 goals, including 10 in nine EPL starts. Some will argue that the Mexican international is better as an impact "super sub," but at some point, David Moyes and his staff will have to trust that he can produce at this high level for a full 90 minutes.

Danny Welbeck, by comparison, seemed to have higher acclaim from Sir Alex Ferguson, trumping Hernandez's nine EPL starts with 13 of his own. However, he scored just one goal in these games and furthermore two total in his 23 starts in all competitions.

Chicharito was—and still is not—the type of player to pout and sulk about a lack of playing time, which is why it would be surprising to see him request a transfer.

However, he could be moved against his will, as Real Madrid have reportedly ordered United to include him in their potential deal for Cristiano Ronaldo in addition to around £60 million in cash, according to James Dickenson of the Express.

This proposal—if it comes officially—will ultimately show whether he is still viewed as a luxury rather than a necessity or whether Moyes decides he is an essential member of the roster, refusing to let him be taken.

Another player originally thought to be involved in a Ronaldo deal was Nani, who United initially offered up to Los Blancos with £60 million, according to Dickenson's report.

Despite being an extremely talented player, Nani has been inconsistent the past two seasons and because of that has struggled to earn consistent playing time in a wing rotation that many would call weak.

Unlike Chicharito, Nani seems like the type of person to request a transfer, as he recently told his friends he was poised to quit the club, according to Jamie Sanderson of Metro. He may have an escape route, as newly-wealthy French club AS Monaco could be planning a £20 million coup for the Portuguese midfielder, per Steve Bates of the Mirror.

With Moyes as the new United coach, Nani can either decide to stick around for a fresh start or flee for a new one entirely.

While Nani could be on the outs because of poor form, Wayne Rooney could depart due to poor fortune. Though he didn't necessarily provide his most scintillating season to date, the Englishman was still pretty solid, slotting home 12 goals and tallying 10 assists in EPL action.

With the arrival of Robin van Persie, Rooney was shifted back to an attacking midfield role and began the transformation of star player to sometimes-starter.

Some would consider it shocking to see Rooney express a move away from the club in the near future, but the level of disrespect he was shown by Ferguson was shocking, too, as he was benched for possibly the biggest game of the year against Real Madrid. 

Rooney, too, has options, as it is being reported that both Arsenal, via Rob Bagchi of the Guardian, and Chelsea, via Matt Law of the Mirror, could make a move for the Englishman.

It has also been reported, however, that Rooney is set to stay at the club reeling from a photoshoot for the team's new kit, per Jack Fox of Metro (this could mean absolutely nothing, but it could indicate that he is committing to a long-term future).

Ultimately, United management can vehemently try to persuade him to stay, and Arsenal and Chelsea can give him lofty offers to attempt to acquire his services.

But it's up to him.

(All stats and info via ESPN FC)


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