Five Manchester United players for whom the World Cup could spell a January exit

Wilfried Zaha, Alexander Buttner, Javier Hernandez, Fabio da Silva and Ashley young could all leave in January to further their World Cup hopes.

With the World Cup coming up next summer, plenty of players in the Premier League want first-team football to ensure they are on the pane to Brazil.

So which Manchester United players could leave permanently or temporarily this January?

Wilfried Zaha

He arrived for big money in January, as Sir Alex Ferguson was obviously considering him as a long term option for the club.

But for whatever reason David Moyes has not been impressed, and admitted today that Zaha could be going out on loan this January.

He made a debut for England recently, but is also eligible for Ivory Coast.

But neither will want him if he isn’t playing - and a January move looks likely.

Alexander Buttner

Believe it or not, but Buttner actually has been included in the Netherlands squad in the past, but doesn’t have a cap to his name.

However he will certainly feel he has a chance of making it with some regular football.

With Patrice Evra in the way that is not going to happen at Old Trafford, so an escape route is necessary in January.

Ashley Young

The wide-man has been off form recently, and now Moyes has dropped him to the bench.

That has seen him fall to the periphery of the England setup - with the emergence of Andros Townsend also a major factor.

He doesn’t look good enough for United at the moment, and perhaps a move is what he needs.

Javier Hernandez

An odd one, considering he scored yesterday, but Hernandez has received some stick back in his Mexican homeland for some off colour performances for his nation.

Some are calling on others to get a chance in the team, after Mexico struggled in their qualifying campaign.

If they manage to get through to the finals at the expense of New Zealand then Chicharito will be on the plane.

But he will not want to be sitting on the bench, and plenty of teams are interested.

Fabio da Silva

Again it might come as a surprise to hear that Fabio has two full caps for Brazil.

His brother may not even have a look in at the moment, but Selecao are not strong in the full-back position once the first-teamers drop out.

A move back to Brazil in January might propel Fabio back into Luiz Felipe Scolari’s crosshairs.

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