Manchester United’s narrow defeat against Everton pushes them to ninth position in the Premier League, with the season almost at halfway point.
Wednesday night’s match puts United in a difficult position to qualify for the Champion’s league, leave alone winning the title. David Moyes also hinted at selling Ashley Young and Anderson in January as they look to strengthen their squad with other players.
Jamie Jackson, from the Guardian believes that Red Devils would make a move for Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera. David McDonnell from ‘The Mirror’ believes that Leighton Baines would finally make a long-awaited move to Old Trafford once the transfer window opens.
Ashley Young and Anderson arrived at the club with huge expectations surrounding them. Despite flashes of brilliance, both the players have consistently been sub-standard at the club.
There is no doubt that injuries have also played a part in their failure at the club, Anderson in particular. It is seventh season at Old Trafford. The two of them had enough opportunities to impress. Anderson, 25, could still turn around his career and show his talent to the world after having named as the best player in 2005 in the Under-17 World Cup and might earn a move to Porto.
Meanwhile, Young is a few years older than Anderson and it seems like he would have little future as a first-team player for Manchester United.
Kagawa, Welbeck, Nani and Adnan Januzaj have blocked his route to the main team, and it is also true that his performances haven’t been enough to get a first-team spot consistently. An exit is the only option if he wants to play for England.
Drawing comparisons to Arsenal, they have axed a number of under-performing players over the past 12 months, and it is not very surprising to see them performing the way they have been in the Premier Leauge. Arshavin, Gervinho, Squllaci and Djourou are a few names who have been shown the exit door. Arsenal have become a better team since then.
Similarly, Moyes must be ruthless and needs to act decisively in the transfer market. Moyes must now show a ruthless streak in January, besides acting decisively in the transfer market.