5 Players Sure to Leave Manchester United When New Manager Arrives
Twelve months ago, David Moyes was given one of the biggest managerial jobs in world football and the opportunity to build his own empire in the name of Manchester United.
But 51 games in and Moyes has gone. Rather than leave a squad in ruins, he has left a set of players who seem relieved that their ordeal is over.
However, any new coach will be trimming the fat out of this underachieving United squad, as the Glazer family look to making a significant investment on signings this summer.
With a fine set of youth team players ready to step up, here, we take a look at the current United squad and which players will not be Red Devils come the closure of the next transfer window, as well as the reasons for their inevitable departures:
When you consider the ability that a young Anderson Luis de Abreu Oliveira brought with him to Manchester United in 2007, when he signed for a fee in excess of £20 million, it is a crying shame that we did not see more from this talent.
With his opportunities to gain form seemingly ravaged by injury every season, and with fans joking about his weight and Instagram pictures, Anderson could have developed into a top-class footballer.
However, his inability to conform to the type of midfielder that Sir Alex Ferguson demanded him to be was his undoing.
As with Tom Cleverley, his attacking prowess was coached out of him, leaving a promising teenage flair player as a distinctly average central midfielder.
Why Fergie saw the need to acquire a player with skill and pace and fundamentally restructure his game will forever remain a mystery.
In many ways, the 2009 Champions League final was the beginning of a very long end for Anderson at United. With Ferguson trusting the Brazilian to partner Michael Carrick, United were destroyed by Barcelona after a promising start, with Anderson being rightfully substituted at half-time.
Now only 26 years old, Anderson still has the chance to make a name for himself in club football. If he fails to do so, he will still have his four Premier League medals and Champions League penalty shootout effort from Moscow in 2008 to his name.
There must have been a rhyme or reason why Manchester United signed Bebe in 2010 for £7.4 million, but most are still trying to fathom what it was.
Ferguson said at the time, per ESPN FC:
Bebe's two-footed, very quick, so the raw materials are there. And other clubs were starting to hover so we had to make a quick decision and said 'why don't we go for it?' He's young and we're good at working with young players, so that is why we went for him.
That was a solid explanation from the legendary manager, but when you consider that Manchester City signed Vincent Kompany for a fee less that Bebe's, his transfer appears remarkably odd.
Bebe has never displayed the talent to be considered a top young player at a team as big as United, and his future lies elsewhere.
He moved on loan to Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal's top division this season, a team who had qualified for the Europa League after a magnificent campaign.
However, this year, the club sit two points above the bottom of the table. Bebe's 30 games for the club have yielded nine goals, per WhoScored.com, but it has been a catastrophically bad season for the team, with the United player leading the attack.
Bebe will soon find his level, and it will not be at the top end of the Premier League with United.
For a player who has only featured in a handful of games for Manchester United, Federico Macheda will forever have his own slice of club history to his name.
His strike in the final minutes against Aston Villa at Old Trafford, scoring on his debut, will always be remembered as one of the Theatre of Dreams' "wow" moments, as Kiko kept United on course for the league championship in 2009.
Macheda celebrated the goal with Cristiano Ronaldo: two young, prodigious talents whose careers took very different paths.
Unfortunately, the Italian was all hype and little substance, and he has spent most of his time out on loan.
Like Bebe, Macheda has managed to get goals this season. During his spell at Championship side Birmingham City, he has scored 10 times during this campaign. But Birmingham lay on the brink of relegation: Their total of 14 points from their home matches is the worst in English football this year, per BBC Sport.
Kiko has played his part in Birmingham's awful record since his arrival in January. It seems guaranteed that the player will not be a part of any new regime at United next season.
If the poor 2013-14 season is to be Patrice Evra's last in a Manchester United shirt, it would certainly be wrong to remember him this way.
The vice captain of the club has recently been a significant part of a Red Devils defence with more holes in it than a colander.
Evra's own defensive performances have ranged from average to completely shocking. The years have caught up with the aging French international left-back and rushed past his him like a speeding train.
As reported by ESPN.co.uk, it seems that United are in no hurry to hold onto the veteran player and that his future probably lays away from English football.
At his greatest, Evra was the best left-back in the world after a tough first 12 months at Old Trafford, following his arrival from Monaco in 2006.
But after disposing the popular Gabriel Heinze out of the first team, Evra went from strength to strength, proving his character and talent.
Evra will leave United as a five-time Premier League winner with Champions League and World Club Cup victories to his name.
He has been a wonderful servant for United and epitomises everything that The Faithful wish their footballers to be: a player in love with the club as much as the supporters are.
How do you solve a problem like Nani?
The answer is you cannot.
There was a stage in Nani's United career in which it felt like he had truly arrived. In 2010-11, his outstanding efforts during the season earned him a PFA Young Player of the Year nomination, and it seemed that the boy had grown into a man.
But in March that year, a disgraceful tackle by Jamie Carragher cut the player down in his tracks, and he simply has never reached the same heights since.
We have seen glimpses of the talent everyone knew United had signed back in 2008, but "consistency" is not a word the Portugal international is familiar with.
With injuries always a problem, it has been difficult for Nani to be fully involved for some time, and despite Moyes giving the player a new long-term deal at the club, at the start of the season, it feels like the winger will soon be on his way from the north-west.
With United blessed with a full stock of attackers, Nani will find it hard to penetrate into the first team on a regular basis, and he might fancy his chances elsewhere.
It will be shame if he never fulfills the potential he showed a few seasons ago, but the responsibility and buck must stop with him for his failures. He has had many chances over a long period of time, and United cannot stand still to wait for him any longer.