Manchester United Transfers: 4 Players Who Should Be Gone in January
The English Premier League January transfer window is quickly approaching which will give clubs a chance to improve or freshen up their squads.
At Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson may not be too busy during January after making a few summer signings.
However, if he does wish to raise some cash to bring in a new face or two, here are four players he might look to offload in that January transfer window.
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Irish midfielder Darron Gibson had a promising start to his Manchester United career.
Since his first team debut in 2005 he has made 30 appearances for the club, as well as loan spells at Royal Antwerp and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and has long been touted as a future regular first-teamer.
He scored several memorable long-range goals for United early in his career, however, his progress has slowed dramatically over the past 12 months and with the emergence of Tom Cleverley the time is right to move Gibson on.
He is still just 24 years of age so United should be able to get good value for him.
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Polish goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak is clearly on the outer at Old Trafford after the arrival of David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard.
After signing for United in 2006 to back up Edwin van der Sar, Kuszczak has made just 26 appearances for the United first team.
Kuszczak has never done much wrong when he has been asked to fill in, but at the same time he hasn't put his hand up and demanded to be given more game time.
At 29, Kuszczak still has time to turn his career around, but it will not be with United who are now firmly set at the goalkeeping position with younger options De Gea and Lindegaard.
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Manchester United’s record signing Dimitar Berbatov has not justified his £30 million price tag.
The Bulgarian has shown glimpses of his talent, but has been very inconsistent since signing for United in 2008.
Last season was his best since joining the club and he finished as the Premier League’s top goalscorer while his record for United stands at 41 goals from 100 appearances.
Even so, it seems the 30-year-old has fallen down the pecking order behind Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and also Danny Welbeck.
Berbatov’s contract is due to expire next summer so United may look to cash in on him in January if they can.
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Northern Irish international Jonny Evans should be heading into the prime of his career.
He featured a lot more last season and with the departure of defenders Wes Brown and John O’Shea, Evans was set to become a key part of the defence—particularly with an aging Rio Ferdinand often unavailable.
However he has looked out of his depth in recent weeks and has failed to take his chance, while the emergence of a more consistent Chris Smalling and new signing Phil Jones could make Evans expendable.
Although he is probably still needed at this stage for squad depth at centre back, at just 23 he could attract a good value bid.