Just as I had thought, Louis Van Gaal will get rid of five players before the end of the Summer Transfer Window. According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United will axe Marouane Fellaini, Nani, Anderson, Javier Hernandez and Rafael but will keep Shinji Kagawa, as Kagawa is set to be the third No. 10 behind Juan Mata and newly acquired Ander Herrera.
I had a feeling that with the new manager coming into Old Trafford, changes would be made, and I also had a feeling that Nani, Anderson, Rafael, Hernandez and Fellaini would be deemed excess. In a face-to-face meeting with Van Gaal, Van Gaal stated that there is no future at Manchester United for each of the five players and that a new team will need to be found before the end of the transfer period.
Nani, Fellaini, Anderson, Hernandez and Rafael have seen a drop in performance over last year and forced Van Gaal to make a decision regarding who would go and who would stay. These five players will allow Manchester United to stretch their transfer funds as Van Gaal targets Mats Hummels, Arturo Vidal, Daley Blind, Angel Di Maria and Juan Cuadrado.
After signing Herrera and Luke Shaw, Van Gaal has been actively searching for another midfielder to complement the 3-5-2 wingback formation. The two players that would make the most sense coming into Old Trafford are Di Maria and Cuadrado due to their presence on the wing and versatility in their play. Cuadrado has the ability to play a wing, move to the middle and work as a defender. He would be a perfect fit. Di Maria has the same capabilities and has already established himself at Real Madrid.
Manchester United has already parted ways with thirteen players from last season and will look to make that eighteen by the end of the transfer period. Most of the players were let go on a loan which does nothing for profit. The two signings of Herrera and Shaw totaled £46 million while the only transfers that brought in any money for United came from Bebe and Patrice Evra for a total £3.6 million.
Regardless, this is a positive move for Manchester United as getting rid of the pieces that slumped last season will provide the chance to creep into the top of the table and have a chance at the title.