Not Cleverley, not Young: Three players playing for their future at United

Hernandez 2013

As Manchester United look to ring the changes for a fresh attack in the title race next season, we take a look at three players that will need to up their game to be a part.

Well... What can we say about Manchester United this season that nobody else has?

It has been a relatively shambolic season for the former champions and by all accounts, a transitional period was expected but nothing on this kind of scale.

The lowest position United have finished in a Premier League campaign before is third, which they have done on three occasions. And if United do indeed finish in their current position, it will be their lowest placing since 1990. Although at least in that season they had an FA Cup to show for their troubles.

So to Manchester United fans, this is brand new territory, and there will undoubtedly be changes made in the summer period. Therefore, we have decided to look at three players in the current squad that have just nine games to secure their future at Old Trafford.

Javier Hernandez

Despite his good form in the domestic trophies, in which he has scored 5 goals in 6 games, the Premier League and Champions League haven't been kind to the 25-year-old.

In the Premier League he has managed just:

NameTeamPosGoalsGoal AssistMins
Javier Hernández Man Utd FW 2 2 548

which equates to:

NameTeamPosmins / Goalsmins / Goal Assist
Javier Hernández Man Utd FW 274.00 274.00

And his Champions League statistics aren't great, failing to claim an assist or score a goal in 154 minutes of action.

He was fondly known as the most under-used player in the Premier League before this season, however, going on his current form, there is a reason why he shouldn't be in the side.

He simply has nine games, and a number of training session to prove himself good enough to take Manchester United back to the level they were. Otherwise, in the likely event Moyes brings more attackers in, he could be the one to lose his place.

Shinji Kagawa

Another one of the highly-rated fringe players at United, now has to go out and prove why he is so highly-rated by people in the game.

He has a difficult job, in that, he has to displace, on paper, three of the Premier League's best attacking midfielders to get a starting spot. Which is just another reason I think his days at United are numbered.

Despite exciting fans on the odd occasion, it's not really obvious what United stand to lose if Kagawa leaves this summer. Without a goal or an assist in the Premier League this season, he could become another infamous Old Trafford flop.


The five-year-contract he signed in September has undoubtedly been the most bizarre decision Moyes has taken since becoming Manchester United manager. The 26-year-old was firmly out of favour with Sir Alex Ferguson, yet within Months of getting the United job, Nani's services were secured until 2018.

After adding Mata in January, along with the likes of Rooney, Januzaj, Welbeck, Valencia...etc I just don't see how he fits in.

And if he can't prove himself in the next nine games, before the likelihood of more attacking players coming through the door, what will become of him?

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