Six players who could be playing their final United game this weekend

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As we approach the final game of the season, we take a look at a number of players who could represent Manchester United one last time.

Manchester United travel to Southampton on the final day of the season with both teams have enjoyed different campaigns.

The Saints have been impressive in Mauricio Pochettino’s first full season at St Mary’s stadium, comfortably finishing in the top half playing an exciting brand of football.

United, on the other hand, have been bitterly disappointing, and their lowly position of seventh would represent their worst Premier League finish in more than twenty years should they remain there.

As the game approaches, we take a look at six United players who could be participating in their final match for the club this Sunday.

Rio Ferdinand

Another defender who could follow Nemanja Vidic out the door is Ferdinand. The 35-year-old’s contract is up at the end of the season, and he has been widely tipped to leave despite the defender wanting to carry on.

Ferdinand has made over 450 appearances for the Red Devils in more than 10 years at the club, and he - alongside Vidic - is a big player who would need replacing by a quality new centre-back.

Nani

The Portuguese winger may get some minutes on the field in what could be his final match in a United shirt.

Reportedly close to joining Serie A side Juventus, Nani has been tipped to leave following a frustrating campaign spent predominantly on the side-lines.

Javier Hernandez

Mexican international striker Javier Hernandez has barely been involved this campaign, starting just six Premier League matches all season.

With the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and youngsters James Wilson and Nick Powell all possibly in the reckoning for United’s front-line next season, Chicharito may cut his losses and move on – with Valencia and Monaco reportedly keen.

Patrice Evra

The 32-year-old left-back is another player linked with a move to Serie A, with Inter Milan reportedly keen to link him up with the already-departing Vidic.

Evra has been one of United’s most consistent performers this season, starting 32 Premier League matches.

With Southampton star Luke Shaw tipped to move to Old Trafford, United’s French international left-back may be set for his final game this season as the Red Devils are eager to enter an exciting new era at the club.

Shinji Kagawa

Japanese international play-maker Shinji Kagawa is another player who could be set to leave Old Trafford this summer. The 25-year-old has made just 13 Premier League starts this season, and has been linked with a return to former club Borussia Dortmund.

The rise of Adnan Januzaj and the arrival of Juan Mata have increased competition for places, and should United make any further forward signings this summer, Kagawa’s game-time could be restricted further next year.

Ashley Young

The last one to make the list is England international Ashley Young. The 28-year-old former Aston Villa winger has suffered from Adnan Januzaj’s emergence, and he could be another player United are willing to sell this summer in order to turn over a new leaf.

Young would undoubtedly have other options among Premier League clubs, and perhaps a move will help him get his career back on track after falling out of favour on the international scene, too.

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