Even Van Persie should leave Manchester United at the end of the season, says former Liverpool star.
Never short of an opinion, former Liverpool star turned pundit Stan Collymore has weighed into the debate surrounding Manchester United, claiming they need a huge summer clear-out.
In his column for the Sunday People, Collymore claims that the United manager David Moyes must sell everyone except Wayne Rooney, Adnan Januzaj and a handful of others at the end of the season – including Robin van Persie.
“The old guard needs to leave,” Collymore says. “The next generation must be ushered in. And the future should be built around Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj.”
Collymore then goes on to dissect the United squad. Rio Ferdinand can retire, Anderson is not good enough, nor is Michael Carrick, and on Tom Cleverley, Collymore says: “I’m not even sure what his role is.”
Collymore does, however, relent slightly in suggesting that Javier Hernandez, Nani and Wilfried Zaha could all have roles to play in the future.
Collymore makes the argument that Moyes inherited a distinctly average team from his predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson, and believes the Scott must now make himself a ‘hero’ by building and moulding his own side capable of challenging for the Premier League.
But the suggestion of selling so many players is surely a step too far. What of the likes of Darren Fletcher, a firm favourite at Old and a fine defensive midfielder. What of Danny Welbeck, David de Gea and Phil Jones – should United let them all leave in the summer?
Many fans would argue that Moyes has the bones of a very good side, and with a reported transfer budget of £200million in the summer, he merely needs to garnish it with three or four players who can add that little extra world-class quality.
A mass clear-out would surely only send Moyes back to square one, with a team of strangers who may need several seasons to gel. Would that not only set United back even further?
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