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4 players Manchester United should sell this summer

Rahul Venkat
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49.60K   //    12 Feb 2018, 13:38 IST

Wayne Rooney Testimonial: Manchester United v Everton
United's squad contains certain unwanted players

Manchester United have vastly improved this season as compared to the last one. They have been more fluid in attack and boast of the best defensive record in the league. A defensive approach against the big teams and easily stepping past the weaker ones is a formula perfected by Mourinho and he has implemented it well to a certain extent this season with United.

Following yesterday's defeat to Newcastle United, Manchester United still lay claim to second place in the league but are a massive 16 points off the top. Their arch-rivals, Manchester City have been ruthless this season and are showing no signs of slowing down.

The difference between the two teams is that of consistency and the underwhelming performances of certain players. While City can rely on any player in their squad to step up and deliver a stellar performance, the same cannot be said for Manchester United.

Here, we take a look at 4 such players and why they should be offloaded this summer and replaced by better ones:


#4 Chris Smalling

Newcastle United v Manchester United - Premier League
Smalling errors have cost United valuable points

At the top of every Manchester United fan’s most hated list at present is English centre-back, Chris Smalling; who has been topsy-turvy for the majority of his career.

Though his statistics this season have been good with WhoScored giving him a rating of 7.09, he is prone to far too many high-profile errors which unfortunately occur at crucial junctures in a match.

Case in point, in yesterday’s match against Newcastle, he inexplicably dived and was booked for simulation, handing Newcastle a set-piece opportunity. While the free-kick was defended poorly and cannot be entirely attributed to that one event, it did play a huge part.

Having been at United since 2010 and still unsure of a spot in the starting line-up speaks a lot about his credentials as a defender. United should cut their losses and listen to offers for him in the summer.

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