Five players Moyes should sell to turn things around

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Wednesday's defeat to Everton has piled the pressure on David Moyes, so who should he look to sell in January?

Moyes will look to mould the squad into his own in the New Year, and to do so he will need to sell some of the deadwood at Old Trafford. Here are five players who may be heading for the exit door...

Anderson

The Brazilian midfielder has struggled to live up to his £20m price tag since his 2007 switch from Porto. Whilst with the Portuguese giants, Anderson earned a reputation for being a skilful, creative midfield player, but has rarely displayed such attributes at Old Trafford.

Having also struggled with his weight, it's time for United to let the 25 year old leave the club and use the money to bring in somebody who can contribute in the middle on a regular basis. The centre of midfield is a huge problem area for United, and the fact that Anderson can't make an impact speaks volumes.

Ashley Young

When your reputation for diving is greater than your reputation as a player, you know you've gone wrong somewhere. Young is now 28, and has failed to reproduce the form he showed for Aston Villa since moving to United for £17m in 2011.

Young has been out of favour under Moyes, and it seems the Scot is now ready to part ways with the winger in the January transfer window. Whilst it remains to be seen whether clubs will make a move for Young, there will almost certainly be a manager in the Premier League who believes he can help Young recapture his form.

Nani

The Portuguese winger only signed a new contract in September, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2018, but speculation over his future refuses to go away. Nani is infuriatingly inconsistent, and Moyes may well be searching for a winger who can impress on a more regular basis. Juventus and Galatasaray have been strongly linked with moves for the 27 year old, with potential swap deals for Wesley Sneijder and Claudio Marchisio rumoured respectively.

Patrice Evra

Evra has been a mainstay at left back since his 2006 move from Monaco, but as he approaches his 33rd birthday, it may be time to replace the Frenchman. Moyes has made numerous bids for Everton's Leighton Baines and is expected to clinch his signing in January, and with Evra's contract expiring at the end of the season, it would make sense to try and get even a small amount of money for his services. Evra is tipped to rejoin Monaco, who could offer him one last payday.

Rio Ferdinand

Another ageing player whose contract expires at the end of the season, Ferdinand is now 35 and is showing signs of breaking down. Ferdinand has been a great servant to the Red Devils for over ten years after his whopping £30m switch from Leeds United, but with Moyes targeting a new centre back, it seems Rio's time at Old Trafford is running out. In a similar vein to Evra, it might be worth letting Ferdinand go in January and getting something for him than letting him leave for free, with a move to the MLS likely at this stage.

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