"This... Is... PERSONAL!!"
These players win the dubious honour of a mention simply because they have merited, more often than not, a quick dispatch from the Theatre of Dreams. However, there is still belief (however misguided that may be) that they may turn out to be dark horses.
Jonny Evans: For the sterling displays of last season that he failed to reproduce this season. Evans proved that the emotionally fragile Irishman is not an extinct species when he reportedly burst into tears after coming in for one of Sir Alex Ferguson's notorious hair dryer treatments.
United fans hope Evans ends his quest by successfully locating his lost confidence. Especially if that means we are treated to more tackles like this one (United fans may be amused by the reaction of substitute Nemanja Vidic).
Anderson: The nonsensical displays of yesteryear have been replace by solid, reliable efforts that have seen the Brazilian regularly start when United need a midfield workhorse. The jury is still out on Anderson, but I am willing to see him remain at United and fight for his place.
Wes Brown: There was a time when Brown was rated as one with an England future. Unfortunately, that vision never panned out and with Smalling and Evans ahead of him in the pecking order, Brown may soon experience the dreaded "Cross-The-Pond" form that players like Thierry Henry and Juan Pablo Angel are discovering about.
Recent rumours include a move to Newcastle or Everton but, considering the defensive crises United has experienced over the last two seasons, Sir Alex will probably ask Brown to stay.
Owen Hargreaves: Many United fans live more in hope than expectation of ever seeing Hargreaves play for us. Indeed, the midfielder has spent so much time on the injury table that he might as well claim squatters rights there.
But after fighting through multiple knee surgeries over the last three years, it seems highly unlikely that the Canadian-born midfielder would give up on a comeback. He is currently sidelined with an unrelated hamstring problem he experienced five minutes into his comeback game. But look for him to make a full recovery and gradually work his way back to form next season.
Edit: I watched the United-Everton highlights after writing this article and couldn't help thinking "That's exactly the performance that will keep Anderson at the club!"