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Are Manchester United selling the right players?

Reports have suggested that Manchester United are ready to sell Anderson, Fabio and Nani - but are the club offloading the right players this January?

David Moyes has not enjoyed the easiest of seasons.

A mixed campaign has seen Moyes' side sit seventh in the Premier League - five points off the top four, while they have already been knocked out of the FA Cup as early as in the third round.

The buck, it seems, will stop with the players, as the Scot looks to offload several of his underachieving stars this January.

But are United getting rid of the right ones?

Reports have suggested that Anderson is on his way to Fiorentina, while the Old Trafford club are also reportedly willing to listen to offers for Nani. Fabio and Wilfried Zaha, meanwhile, could be loaned out to Cardiff, while less frequent reports have suggested that Rafael's United future is also in doubt.

"I think that we're getting to a situation now where there are a few who if we got the right offer for them [we would let them go]," Moyes told reporters recently.

"I don't know if we'd loan anyone because we've got a few injuries just now. Would we sell? If the right offers were there we'd probably look at it."

Several under-performing names have not been mentioned, however, with the likes of Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young all underwhelming this season. Why should Nani be sold when he can still provide Moyes' side with the odd burst of flair? And why should Rafael's future be questioned when he is, by far, not United's worst performer this season?

Young has shown flashes of brilliance more recently but, on the whole, has been lacklustre for the majority of the campaign. Cleverley, meanwhile, has struggled for form ever since taking up a regular position within United's starting XI.

In defence, Smalling's struggles may not have been too noticeable for the majority of the campaign - but he has made crucial errors during the big moments. Indeed, whenever the England man has been needed most by Moyes, he has fallen flat, while his misdemeanors in public recently have shown a less than desirable aspect to his character.

Even the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Shinji Kagawa could be candidates for the exit door, despite the money spent on them and the relative lack of playing time they have enjoyed.

So while the logic behind the sale of Anderson seems plausible, there may definitely be a greater case to sell others than the likes of Nani, Rafael and Zaha - who has only been given three chances this season. And for United, selling the right players will be just as important as buying them at this time of great need.

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