Manchester United Transfers: 5 Players Sir Alex May Sell in January
Manchester United are steering ahead in the Premier League with the momentum of champions.
They definitely look stronger this year, with the squad bolstered by summer signings and youngsters coming up to the next level. The maturity of Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverly has given United a solid base to rely upon.
We also shouldn't forget the addition of Ashley Young to the United midfield. In days when people were wondering who should replace Ryan Giggs in the midfield, Young has delivered some amazing performances.
Young defender Phil Jones has been another great addition to the squad. He not only knows how to defend, but steers clear of opponents to attack and score too.
In a nutshell, United's squad will surely add some extra wrinkles to the forehead's of opposing managers.
However, when there are improvements in one field, then there are some "not-needed" things left too.
Manchester United has a greater squad depth this season, but some fringe players are now unwanted and unneeded. Sir Alex Ferguson should look to sell off this surplus, as the money from the sales can be invested in better players for the future.
Here we take a look at the five players who may have to bid goodbye to Old Trafford this January.
Rio Ferdinand: Time Up for the Legend
The 33-year-old legend's glory days appear to be in the past.
He is no longer the same Rio that put fear into the heart of strikers. The England international has been rock solid in the past, but his injury woes and loss of form have made him more of a benchwarmer at United.
Chicago aims to make him the new David Beckham of the MLS, and are rumored to be willing to offer a good sum of money to make the move possible.
It is advisable to sell the old legend if they receive a good offer, and the money can be spent wisely over the next transfer period.
Federico Macheda: Loan or Sell?
Federico Macheda may be defended by many as one of the hidden talents of world football, and be a player who has the potential to develop into a star in future.
However, career stats of only 5 goals from 44 appearances say that Macheda may not be United material.
He's failed to put in impressive performances for the team (aside from his last minute goal against Aston Villa), and has fallen behind more worthy youngsters (like Danny Welbeck) in the pecking order.
It may be little harsh to discard the 20-year-old at present, so a loan move may be a better option. Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay is said to have been aiming for a loan move for the youngster in January.
However, a permanent move to other clubs for the player is also desirable with the available striking options at United, provided the right offer is made.
Tomasz Kuszczak: The Forgotten One
Yes, Tomasz Kuszczak.
The 29-year-old United goalkeeper has been lost in oblivion, falling way behind high profile new arrivals Anders Lindegaard and David De Gea.
The Polish international never got his chance to prove his worth in recent years, and has been left on the bench by the manager.
However, the player never gave any reason to justify him being given a chance over the new arrivals, as he has delivered consistently average performances.
It is now a "nothing" for him at Old Trafford, and he should make his move from the club if he wants to play again.
The suitors may be his former club West Bromwich Albion, where ex-teammate Ben Foster will soon end his loan spell. The other clubs to follow may be Tottenham Hotspur or Celtic. The latter may be of more interest, with only wages as a potential stumbling block.
It is high-time that the player find new pastures to prove his worth.
Darron Gibson: Move on Boy
Darron Gibson, in his early days at United, was compared to Paul Scholes for his long range shooting ability. Goals came, the team won and everyone was happy to have Gibson.
Fast forward to the present and Gibson's long range efforts have failed to produce goals, and his performances have been average at best.
Tom Cleverly's emergence as a player with quick movement and sharp passing has shown Gibson to be an extremely slow player. He takes too much time over the ball, kills time and is not good defensively.
While his chance to prove himself came when Sunderland made an offer for his services, Gibson chose to reject it.
Perhaps he enjoys being a United player too much, even if that means being on bench, but he should move on to other clubs like Everton, West Brom or Wigan who are interested in him.
He should be given the chance to prove his worth.
Dimitar Berbatov: A Sorry Case
Dimitar Berbatov, at 30, is surely an out-of-favor striker at Old Trafford.
The £30 million signing showed his class last year, finishing as the Premier League's top scorer.
However, Berbatov's performances have been inconsistent, as he fails to produce impressive performances in a string. Moreover, his sloppy playing style is considered to be poorly suited to the current pace of the United team.
Berbatov is a goal poacher, and has lot more to offer than just by watching games from the stands. Two major clubs, Valencia and Paris Saint-Germain, are said to be in talks with the club regarding a deal for the forward.
His contract runs out next summer, so it is wise to sell him now rather than lose him for nothing.
Do you feel any other United player should be leaving the club? Or do you feel any of these players should stay with United? Feel free to write your comments or opinions about this.