Manchester United Transfer News: Top Stars in Danger of Red Devils Exit

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2014

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17: Holland manager Louis van Gaal during the International Friendly match between The Netherlands and Ecuador at The Amsterdam Arena on May 17, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Manchester United are likely to be involved in a great deal of transfer activity during the summer window after a woeful 2013-14 season saw them finish seventh in the Premier League.

David Moyes was sacked as a result of the poor return and Louis van Gaal has been confirmed as the Red Devils' new manager.

He will likely want to mould his own squad and bring in his preferred players as he attempts to return the club to their former glories in the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

As a result, even some of United's top players are in danger of being shipped out of Old Trafford if they do not fit into Van Gaal's plans.

Veteran defensive duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand have already confirmed their departures and questions have arisen concerning the futures of Javier Hernandez and Juan Mata.

 

Mata To Be Replaced?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 03:  Juan Mata of Manchester United runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on May 3, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Imag
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Despite only arriving at Old Trafford in January and performing well for United in the second half of the season, Van Gaal's supposed transfer targets have called the Spaniard's future into question.

Long-term target, Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, is available after the Catalan giants confirmed he would be allowed to leave the club for £30 million, per the Telegraph:

Van Gaal is reportedly interested in bringing the former Arsenal man to Old Trafford, as well as Barca teammate Andres Iniesta, per Sky Sports.

The arrival of either or both of Iniesta and Fabregas would almost certainly see Mata's playing time reduced and he may be deemed surplus to requirements.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 05:  David De Gea of Manchester United congratulates Juan Mata of Manchester United on scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United  at St James' Park
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Indeed, United goalkeeper and Mata's compatriot David de Gea has felt the need to urge his club to keep hold of the former Chelsea star, per the Sky Sports report:

"I would not sell Juan Mata. He is a very important player for us," said the 23-year-old. "We have taken a qualitative leap with him and he has adapted very well."

It would certainly seem like a strange move to get rid of the 26-year-old who scored six goals and provided four assists in his 15 Premier League appearances for United last season, per WhoScored.com.

However, depending on the players that 62-year-old Van Gaal brings in to the club, the player himself may feel his opportunities at Old Trafford may be reduced.

 

Chicharito Expected to Move On

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Mexican forward Hernandez has long been rumoured to be on his way out of Old Trafford after he was given fewer opportunities in the 2013-14 season.

With Van Gaal coming in, Hernandez faces an uncertain future with wholesale changes likely to be made and the Mexico international potentially continuing his spell on the bench.

Currently with the Mexican national squad as they prepare for the World Cup, he told reporters last month that he was unsure of where his future lies, via NBC Sports:

My future could be decided tomorrow, a little after, inside three months, I could stay there [in Manchester], I honestly don’t know. My people are working it out. I’m here trying to be 100-percent focused.

A fan favourite, the 26-year-old only made only six Premier League starts last season, and 18 as a substitute, as he scored four goals and provided four assists, per WhoScored.com.

Chicharito is a highly talented forward with a proven instinct in front of goal and there are likely many clubs currently monitoring his situation in the hope of snapping him up.

According to David Kidd in the Daily Mirror, Valencia are one side who are interested in Hernandez as the La Liga club's new owner Peter Lim looks to strengthen his squad. 

There is certain to be much coming and going at Old Trafford over the summer and Hernandez looks to be one of those most likely to be on his way out.

There is no doubt that a complete overhaul of United's weak squad is needed, and come the start of next season, things are likely to look a lot different as the new Van Gaal era gets under way.