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6 Manchester United Players Whose Stock Has Fallen in 2014

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentMay 22, 2014

6 Manchester United Players Whose Stock Has Fallen in 2014

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    It's been a disastrous season for Manchester United.

    Meanwhile, it's been a disappointing one for many of their players. Very few members of the first-team squad ended the campaign with their reputations enhanced.

    David De Gea is really the only one who can say he had an outstanding season.

    Many of the players saw their stock fall during the 2013/14 season.

    Here's a list of six of the worst offenders.

    Feel free to use the comments section below to agree, disagree and add your own. 

Marouane Fellaini

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    Marouane Fellaini was overpriced when he moved to Old Trafford from Everton for £27.5 million last summer. 

    However, there was genuine hope he would improve United's threadbare midfield.

    Back and wrist injuries stunted his progress, and while he did well in games against West Bromwich Albion, West Ham and Crystal Palace, he looked out of his depth against Liverpool, Manchester City and Bayern Munich.

    He certainly wouldn't command anything like the same fee if he was moving this summer rather than last. 

Tom Cleverley

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    Tom Cleverley endured a nightmare season.

    He became the symbol of David Moyes' turgid, uninventive midfield. In fact, by the end of the season, United fans would wince whenever they saw his name on the teamsheet.

    Despite playing a central role in England's World Cup qualifying campaign, Cleverley's disastrous season cost him a place in the final 23 for the trip to Brazil.

Jonny Evans

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    It should have been a big season for Jonny Evans.

    Sir Alex Ferguson had so much confidence in the 26-year-old during his final season in charge. It was Evans and not Nemanja Vidic who was selected for one of the biggest games of the season against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu.

    However, David Moyes made Vidic and Rio Ferdinand his preferred centre-half pairing at the start of last season.

    Along with a calf injury that wrecked the second half of his season, it made sure Evans didn't get the chance to kick on.

    He should get more opportunities next season with Vidic and Ferdinand both set to leave. 

Chris Smalling

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    There was a time when it was thought United could simply promote from within when Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand called time on their Old Trafford careers.

    However, that has come and there's still not an obvious first-choice partnership from Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

    Just like United, Smalling had a disappointing season.

    He looked uncomfortable whenever David Moyes used him as a right-back and looked short of confidence even when he was playing in his preferred position at centre-half.

    It means Louis van Gaal is likely to spend to solve his problem at centre-back rather than just put his trust in Smalling, Jones and Evans. 

Rafael

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    Rafael was one of the best right-backs in the Premier League during the 2012/13 season. He was unlucky to miss out on a place in the PFA Team of the Year.

    At times last season, he looked more like the raw, inexperienced youngster who first broke into the team four years ago.

    He wasn't helped by niggling injuries, but there were times when it looked like David Moyes preferred Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and even Antonio Valencia at right-back.

    Fortunately for the Brazilian, he'll get a fresh start under Louis van Gaal this summer.

Michael Carrick

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    Alongside Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick was one of the stars of United's title-winning campaign in 2013.

    He held together a midfield that really should have had no right to call themselves Premier League champions.

    It looked like it all caught up with him this season. In another weak midfield, he struggled. What's more, his poor form convinced Roy Hodgson he wasn't worth a place in England's World Cup squad.

    A year ago, he would have been one of the first on the plane. 

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