4. Chris Smalling:
Smalling has been constantly bombarded with criticism from the Manchester United fans over his lack of confidence and hesitancy at the back. Smalling started with United under Sir Alex Ferguson and it all seemed well until the legendary manager retired. Smalling has struggled to dominate at the back in spite of having small spells of success in long intervals. The English defender despite having considerable amount of experience under his belt hasn’t looked close to what United need at the back. He recently signed a new contract but if possible United should surely look to offload him.
3. Phil Jones:
Alike Chris Smalling, Phil Jones too showed a lot of promise in his early spell at Manchester United. Signed from Blackburn, Phil Jones looked quite solid for the future and it could have been the same case had Jones not frequently struggled with injuries. He has been sidelined more than often with injuries and it has hampered his progress and development significantly. Jones does not look confident on the ball and panics way too easily while defending. This has caused a lot of instability at the back and United cannot afford that anymore. It is best for both Jones and United that they part ways soon.
2. Antonio Valencia:
With the signing of Diogo Dalot it was expected that in spite of the Portuguese being signed, Antonio Valencia will play more than often. Although Dalot hasn’t played that much, Valencia has been almost totally stripped off his place in the starting lineup. The Ecuadorian has looked decent enough while defending but surprisingly he has failed to offer much while going forward. United as a club has always relied on its fullbacks to provide width and dynamism in the attack. With Dalot, Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian at disposal, United can do without the services of Valencia and we can see him be offloaded next year.
- Alexis Sanchez:
It was expected that Sanchez would turn out to be a massive signing for United when the Red Devils signed him from Arsenal this summer. Unfortunately, things haven’t worked out the best for Sanchez and United. May be it majorly had to do with Jose Mourinho’s tactics but irrespective of the strategy, the Chilean failed to have even the slightest of impact while going forward. If things don’t change immediately with Sanchez, considering the huge amount of wage he is earning at United, it would only make sense that United sell him and invest in another attacker for the new season.