Transfer mistakes! Five players Man United let go who are thriving away from Van Gaal

first_imgA glance at the Premier League table would suggest Manchester United’s season is on track.But all is not well at Old Trafford. A disharmony in the squad, coupled with a hugely disappointing premature exit from the Champions League at the group stages has left Louis van Gaal teetering on the brink.Struck by a series of debilitating injuries, particularly in defence, it is alarming how restricted Van Gaal’s options are currently. At Bournemouth on Saturday, he was forced to field Guillermo Varela and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson at full back while Anthony Martial is still just 19 and shouldering most of the goalscoring burden.It raises some serious questions about the Dutchman’s transfer policy. Several established stars have been shown the Old Trafford exit in the last two summers because they didn’t fit into Van Gaal’s philosophy. Many of them are now enjoying much happier times away from Manchester.So which ones have moved on to brighter pastures? talkSPORT takes a look…Will Van Gaal live to rue any of these sales? 6 4. Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund) – Kagawa initially left United in the same week Di Maria and Radamel Falcao arrived and has reignited his career at Dortmund again since. This season, in particular, the Japanese international has become a key cog in Dortmund’s insatiable attacking unit alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus. He certainly wouldn’t swap his current situation for the sorry state of affairs at Old Trafford right now. 6 2. Patrice Evra (Juventus) – Evra’s transfer u-turn in summer 2014, not long after Van Gaal arrived, signalled a breakdown in trust between player and manager. The arrival of Luke Shaw in late June indicated the beginning of the end of Evra’s Red Devils career but he has hardly looked back. The Frenchman became an integral part of Juventus’s double winning side in Italy last season, while only Barcelona’s brilliance in the Champions League final denied him a third trophy in his debut campaign. 3. Angel di Maria (PSG) – Possibly the most high profile recruit England has welcomed to its shores in the last five years struggled immensely with Van Gaal’s stoic, stifling approach. When United decided to cut their losses on Di Maria in the summer many felt the club would live to regret the move. Seven goals and ten assists in 13 games for PSG would suggest they do, particularly with creativity lacking so glaringly in the current Red Devils side. 1. Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) – 15 goals in his 12 games, including a quick-fire hat-trick at the weekend, is an astonishing return for ‘Chicharito’. United fans feel hugely aggrieved about his departure, particularly for as little as the reported £7.3m, as their attacking department is looking severely strained as Wayne Rooney’s struggles continue. The Mexican’s knack of being in the right place at the right time would surely have taken some of the responsibility off Anthony Martial? 6 6 5. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Zaha was billed as English football’s next big thing when United swooped for his signature in January 2013 but his Red Devils career never got off the ground. It seemed his career needed a step back to make any progress forward and a return to Palace last summer has restored his confidence. He has now forged a devilish partnership with Yannick Bolasie on the Eagles’ flanks, terrorising Premier League defenders on a weekly basis. 6 6 Click the yellow arrow to see the five stars who have flourished away from Louis van Gaal last_img

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