Report - Three Manchester United fringe players to leave to reduce wage bill

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Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa and Anderson may all leave by Monday night.

Manchester United may try and sell three first-team fringe players before the end of the transfer window according to The Guardian.

The report suggests that Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa and Anderson will all be sold in order to curb a high wage bill.

It indicates that striker Welbeck could be sold for as much as £20 million, who has been linked with several Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Tottenham in recent weeks, but United may be reluctant to sell the England international to one of their Premier League rivals.

As well as the trio mentioned, the potential departures of Tom Cleverley and Javier Hernandez - who have both attracted the interest of other clubs, whilst Ashley Young has been mentioned as potential departure - could remove around £500,000 from the wage bill.

However, Young seems to have won the trust of manager Louis van Gaal in a wing-back role throughout pre-season and during the start of the Premier League campaign.

Anderson spent the second half of last season on loan at Serie A side Fiorentina whilst Shinji Kagawa has arguably not had a run in the side some suggests he deserves - with his only start so far this season taking place in the League Cup defeat to Milton Keynes Dons.

There have been times when Kagawa, who was bought from Borussia Dortmund for around £17 million in 2012, has played out of position on the wing when he looks much more accomplished in a more attacking midfield role in the centre.

Welbeck has similarly been used in a variety of positions, but does provide a different threat to Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney. Though he may not have the finishing ability of his two more high profile team-mates, and pace and ability to be a handful for opposition defences tends to give United a different option. However, he may want more first team opportunities. 

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