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Fletcher and four others Man United MUST bin this summer

| 10.04.2014

But for a brief moment of ecstasy when Patrice Evra’s howitzer flew into the back of Manuel Neuer’s net via the vibrating frame of the goal, Manchester United were a shadow of the team which has graced Europe’s top competition for the last two decades.

If the steepness of United’s decline has taught us anything at all, it is that Sir Alex Ferguson was actually an even greater genius than many of us already believed him to be.

How the rouge-faced emperor of Old Trafford managed to cakewalk the current bunch of Red Devils to a 13th Premier League title during his swansong campaign, is nothing short of feeding the thousands with a single loaf.

So sad is the outlook now for Fergie’s successor David Moyes after their Euro exit, that the best the Scot can hope to achieve in his first season is a 4/5-rated top-six Premier League finish.

If Moyes is to avoid a Liverpool-esque spell in the Champions League wilderness, there are a few players (other than the ones already leaving) who must be shelved to begin the rebuilding process.

Darren Fletcher

A proficient and tenacious water carrier in his pomp, the Scot simply does not possess the legs to transport a single bottle of Evian from A to B these days.

Michael Carrick

If Carrick had turned his hand to playing at centre-back rather than centre-midfield earlier in his career he may have doubled his tally of England caps at least.

Ashley Young

The former Aston Villa flyer is probably more famous for his penalty-box theatrics at Old Trafford than a truly meaningful contribution to their success.

Chris Smalling

Mr Utility at the back he might be, but Man United already have an upgraded version in Phil Jones and when high-quality centre-backs are brought in, he should be moved on. Jonny Evans is better, when fit.

Tom Cleverley

A poster boy for United’s underachievement, it’s unfair to label the England international as a bad player. He’s just not got anything in his locker which stands out as United quality.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.