David Moyes' opening season as Manchester United boss continues to stutter along the lines of catastrophe.
While the newly installed boss isn't exempt from fault, the majority of his squad have played ineffective football. The January transfer window is upon us, suggesting the Scotsman will be looking to bring in a number of top targets, but he needs to shave a squad that is weighed down by dead wood.
Although a case could be put forward to sell every player other than Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, David de Gea, Michael Carrick and Adnan Januzaj, here are three individuals who must have their Old Trafford tenure terminated with haste.
Players David Moyes Should Look to Sell
In his prime, Patrice Evra was the kind of left-back who could complete both defensive and attacking duties with aplomb. His concentration, passing, dribbling skills and speed up the line used to be extremely effective, but the 32-year-old has become far too casual in recent years.
Should David Moyes sell Patrice Evra?
The Frenchman's positioning is abysmal. Often caught up the pitch when counter-attacks loom, or stationed too centrally when the opposition's wingers bomb forward, Evra just doesn't seem to have the capacity to fulfil his responsibilities any longer.
Aaron Lennon ran the former Monaco player ragged during United's recent loss to Tottenham in a match that saw Evra fail to make a single tackle, per WhoScored.com.
United need leaders at this difficult time, and despite Evra's positioning as vice-captain, he isn't fit to usher the squad's younger members toward greatness.
If Moyes strengthens his left-back options within the coming weeks, Evra is widely expected to head back to Stade Louis II in the summer, per Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail. Right now, he wouldn't be missed.
It's crazy to think Anderson has been at United since 2007. The former Porto star, who was signed for his incisive passing and ability to dribble past opponents in advanced midfield areas, has lost all momentum in recent years.
Injuries have played a major part, but Anderson has never fully endeared himself to the Old Trafford faithful since scoring a penalty in the 2008 Champions League final.
Should David Moyes sell Anderson?
The player's weight problems are well-documented—he even jokingly called himself "sex" after jibes in 2012, per Simon Head of the Mirror—but the reality is he isn't in the right condition to play for a top Premier League side.
It's a shame, because Anderson possesses a fantastic touch and decent creativity when confident. Former colleague Rene Meulensteen could bring the 25-year-old to Fulham, per Laura Williamson of the Daily Mail, and it's difficult to suggest his departure would be noticeable on anything other than the wage bill.
Since explaining why Javier Hernandez should be sold by Moyes back in December, the player has received greater playing time across the last month.
Injuries to Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney has seen responsibility fall on Chicharito, but in all honesty, he's done nothing but underline the sense he is no longer needed at United.
He may have scored in the FA Cup defeat to Swansea, but other than this, the pitfalls of Little Pea continue to shine through. Although useful in cup competitions, Hernandez has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League this year, highlighted by OptaJoe:
4 - Four of Javier Hernandez’s five goals this season have been scored in domestic cup competitions (League Cup and FA Cup). Specialist.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 6, 2014
In all fairness, Hernandez should never be used as a lone striker. He needs a partner and cannot battle against two centre-backs by himself. Hernandez is often offside—racking up eight decisions in four starts and eight substitute appearances, per WhoScored.com—and still lacks the touch to kill possession.
Should David Moyes sell Javier Hernandez?
Danny Welbeck has stepped up in the absence of Rooney and van Persie, but the same can't be said for Hernandez. Although a clinical marksman when playing well, there's a sense that it would be best for the club and player if Hernandez was to exit.
Moyes could get some decent cash for the misfiring forward—perhaps from Atletico Madrid, per Charles Perrin of the Express—and could bring in a player with firepower who fits into his future plans more readily.