Louis van Gaal commenced his managerial duties at Manchester United on Wednesday, and a day later it emerged that he would get rid of 10 of the current first-team members.
The ‘revelation’ was made by British tabloids, the Daily Star among them, who claimed that Anderson, Javier Hernandez, Wilfried Zaha, Nani, Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling and Bebe are all heading for the exit at Old Trafford.
The report further stated that there are ‘huge doubts’ over the futures of Darren Fletcher, Ashley Young and Rafael da Silva.
Having played at the top level for almost 20 years, Michael Owen is used to such speculation, but it seems that the former Liverpool and United striker still finds it hard to believe such rumours.
A new manager takes over and the 'Ten players face the axe in mass clear out' headlines resurface. You've got to l... http://t.co/yRKDOvHt8A— michael owen (@themichaelowen) July 17, 2014
‘A new manager takes over and the 'Ten players face the axe in mass clear out' headlines resurface’, the 34-year-old former Newcastle United and Real Madrid star wrote on Sportlobster.com. ‘You've got to love our tabloids. #Bo***cks #United’.
Owen does not name any of the tabloids, but it is clear that he is not pleased with such reports and finds it hard to believe that Van Gaal has already made up his mind which players to axe after just one day.
Nevertheless, some of the United players are likely to be offloaded. Two major signings – Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao and Luke Shaw from Southampton – have already been made and others are expected to arrive before the start of the 2014-15 season.
Which players are offloaded by the Manchester outfit remains to be seen. Many of the first-team members underperformed last term, but in pre-season, all of them will get the chance to impress Van Gaal and remain part of England’s biggest football club.