The four Manchester United players who could leave after the World Cup

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We take a look at the Manchester United players who can use the World Cup as a showcase to force a move away from Old Trafford

With the announcement of Louis Van Gaal as Manchester United manager being made last month, there looks set to be plenty of transfer activity around Old Trafford this summer.

One of the greatest showcases that any player can find themselves provided with is the World Cup – with the attention of the world focused on the competition.

One good performance can thrust a player into the public eye and allow them to achieve the big move that they have always dreamed of.

Manchester United will no doubt be using the World Cup as a scouting tool, as a result, but what of the players who may use it as a platform to impress and heighten interest from other teams as they look to leave Old Trafford??

We take a look at four United players who could move on after this summer’s competition.

Luis Nani

The tricky winger only put pen to paper on a long-term contract at United last season, but there is no guarantees that he will stick around for all of it.

His agent has already said that he is likely to leave United this summer and that may not be too much concern for the new boss, Van Gaal.

Nani has shown his quality fleetingly during his time in Manchester, but struggled to find any consistency to his game and often is ineffectual, meaning his time at The Red Devils could be up.

Antonio Valencia

The Ecuadorian is another winger who could be set to depart Old Trafford this summer.

He is expected to be his country’s main-man at the World Cup, with a lot of pressure on his shoulders to perform.

If he does, he may just do enough to convince some of Europe’s top clubs to part with the required fee to sign him.

Valencia could be made available by the club as they look to compensate for the influx of new arrivals that are expected over the summer months.

Marouane Fellaini

The powerful central midfielder has endured a torrid time at United after being David Moyes’ marquee signing in his first transfer-window at the club.

Bought for around £28 million from Everton, Fellaini has fell desperately short of the quality expected at United and looks as if he could be set to move on already.

United are hoping to recoup around £15 million for the 26-year-old and with Belgium expected to do well in Brazil, the World Cup could be the perfect opportunity for Fellaini to show he is worth that amount.

Javier Hernandez

Chicharito has always impressed when wearing the United shirt, but the problem for him is he just hasn’t been able to wear it enough.

The Mexican has found his pathway to the first-team blocked by the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in recent times and he is unlikely to be able to break up that partnership.

Hernandez has also seen Danny Welbeck creep ahead of him in the pecking order, whilst James Wilson may have a bigger part to play after scoring a brace on his debut towards the back end of the last campaign.

Hernandez’s goalscoring prowess has never been in doubt, but he may need to prove that he is still sharp enough to cut it and there is no better stage to do that than at the World Cup.

He has already been linked with a move to Southampton, but if he impresses in Brazil he may find that a higher-profile club also comes looking.

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