Its not been an ideal season for Manchester United. The Red Devils currently sit second in the league table 15 points behind their rivals Manchester City and also crashed out of the EFL Cup after a shocking defeat at the hands of Bristol City.
As the January transfer window soon approaches, United will not only be thinking about their incomings, but also the players that will make way for them. Here are 6 Players Who Could Leave Manchester United This January –
6. Luke Shaw
Shaw – who joined United in 2014 for £30million – has failed to live up to the high expectations he set while at Southampton. He came to Old Trafford with the promise of being Manchester United’s left for the next decade, at least.
Fast forward a couple of years and things are completely different. Jose Mourinho has reinvented Ashley Young as the first choice left back and Young has been delivering match-winning performances. Even when Young is rested, Mourinho prefers a more disciplined and stable Daley Blind over Luke Shaw.
There has been a long-documented saga surrounding Shaw and Mourinho. It is clear, and rather sad, how much his double leg break has affected him and also with a string of other injuries, Shaw has been unavailable for the most part of last season, as well as this year’s campaign.
Questions were asked about his commitments towards his fitness and also towards the club and he is most likely to leave in the upcoming transfer window with a possible destination to Tottenham.
5. Matteo Darmian
Since arriving at United from Torino, Darmian has been disappointing. He started well and in a positive fashion in the first few matches of 2015-16 season. One of his performances even led to Gary Neville saying that Darmian is actually better than the former Manchester United legend. But after a couple of injuries and after some months, he has been a stuttering mess in the defence.
Darmian is a typical Italian defender: good on the ball, defence-orientated and tactically aware (at times), but he lacks the attacking impetus the Red Devils so desperately need.
Ever since Mourinho took charge at the club Valencia has been preferred over him and he has repaid the manager’s faith with many good performances thus making the Italian a fringe squad player.
Darmian has managed to play only 384 minutes of competitive football for Manchester United this season.
He is technically a right back, but features more prominently on the left side of the defence,. While his versatility is important, he is not a player that you would give the first choice responsibilities to in defence – he is very much a stand-in performer.His crossing has been a bit wayward and also isn’t fruitful in the attack like Valencia.
Although Valencia is injured currently, Ashley Young is starting in his place and Darmian even fails to make the bench. Darmian is likely to return to Italy, with Inter looming and enquiring about his availability.
4. Ander Herrera
“Why Herrera?He was United’s Player of the Season last year”
Since the signing of Nemanja Matic, Herrera has hardly played this season. The job which Herrera did last season for Mourinho and the team, Matic is doing way better this season and unless the Spaniard wants to be his Backup, there is no place for him in the team. Even his form has deteriorated this season.
Herrera simply does not have the ability to ingenuity to drag United out of the difficult situations they were in, which does not bode well moving forward. At 28-years-old, Herrera is in the prime years of his life, and so it might be worthwhile to cash in on the midfielder now, before he reaches the latter stages of his playing career.
Atlético Madrid are one of the clubs seriously interested in Herrera, but a deal is a long way off. Manchester United have the option to extend Herrera’s contract until 2019, which they will most likely do, given they would otherwise lose him on a free transfer.