The Players Manchester United Should Buy and Sell in the January Transfer Window

Sam PilgerContributing Football WriterOctober 30, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 26:  Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on October 26, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

It won’t happen of course. Squads are never properly strengthened and rebuilt during the January transfer window. 

Manchester United wasted their chance to reinvigorate their playing staff during a wretched summer, and they will now have to wait another eight months to rectify it.

But United could make a start in January by securing at least one statement signing and beginning to move on some of their unwanted players. 


The Players United Should Buy

Gareth Bale

So far, the Welshman has been harshly and prematurely judged in Spain having not been playing much and suffering with injuries. Why not test Real’s desire to keep hold of him?

Offer to refund the amount they paid Tottenham in the summer and bring him back to the Premier League. That would make a statement and give the second half of United’s season some much-needed momentum. Of course it won’t happen, but United would be wise to closely monitor his situation.



The Manchester United midfield is too static, pedestrian and predictable. I know you’ve heard this all before. The signing of Marouane Fellaini has so far done nothing to alleviate this problem.

United needs someone with more pace and fluidity, who is able to prise open defences and feed Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. Step forward Atletico Madrid’s Koke, still only 21 and hailed as the “new Xavi” who can provide all of this and has an escape clause for a comparatively reasonable £16 million.

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The Players United Should Sell


Not since Mikael Silvestre has a United player underperformed and disappointed over such a long period of time. It is actually a feat that the Brazilian midfielder has survived for six years, but Old Trafford has to be put out of its misery and bid him farewell.

He is quite simply not good enough; he's slow, erratic and, overall, he adds nothing to United’s attacking play. United fans give thanks for that penalty in Moscow five years ago, but they will not miss Anderson and his unfulfilled potential.


Tom Cleverley

I feel a bit of a bully here. Being mean to Anderson, and now little Tom Cleverley, too, but after 56 games, United fans have seen enough, and the verdict is in: He isn’t good enough. He could still thrive in the Premier League at a club like Newcastle United or Aston Villa, but he has never looked like he belongs at Old Trafford.

He doesn’t look out of his depth in the same way as Liam Miller, but it is difficult to recall him doing anything significant, scoring a crucial goal or making a decisive pass? Would he get in to the Chelsea, Manchester City or Arsenal midfields, let alone Real Madrid or Barcelona? Of course not. Time to go.


Ashley Young 

He’s not a Manchester United player. It is a damning phrase, shorthand for saying a player lacks the skill, bravery and presence required to consistently make an impact at Old Trafford. After two seasons, we can say with certainty, Young is not a United player.

There have been some goals and flashes of brilliance, but Young doesn’t possess enough pace, trickery and consistency to deserve a place in United's starting 11 and needs to be sold.