Louis van Gaal has done a terrific job of cleaning up most of the deadwood that was left by David Moyes after that horrifying 2013-14 season, but there are still a few left. With Jose Mourinho on as manager, one is certain that there will be no room for such left outs, who have so far managed to cling on despite not performing well enough or not fitting into the system effectively. Here are 3 such footballers who need to be shown the door immediately:
1. Phil Jones
Jones was bought by Sir Alex from Blackburn in 2011, and despite showing a lot of promise, the center back has failed to live up to any of it. He has a body of glass, which has seen him picking up an injury after an injury that has led him to spend more time off the field than on it. Whenever he has featured however, he has shown his precocious talent, which is reflected in the fact that United have won 90% of the times he and Chris Smalling have made up the central defence. The Englishman is still only 23, but the time has come for him to look for greener pastures. Maybe the Red Devils would be wise to insert a buy back clause in his contract, but for the moment he has to go.
2. Juan Mata
The Spaniard is a firm fan favourite off the pitch, but on it, he has mostly flattered to deceive. Despite scoring a few critical goals, including the one in the FA Cup final a few weeks back, his stats don’t speak highly of his time at Old Trafford. He is far too inconsistent and lazy for Mourinho’s liking, and the Portugese gaffer had already sold him during his time at Chelsea for these reasons. Spanish media houses have already linked him to Barcelona, and he is probably off to Espana this summer.
3. Maroune Fellaini
It seems weird to see the big Belgian on the list, given his contributions in the 2014-15 season as well as during United’s triumphant FA Cup run in this campaign, but things don’t look good for him. The former Evertonian isn’t a proper midfielder or a striker, and given how Jose loves specialists, it’s unlikely he will be kept when the new season rolls in.