38 games played, 20 wins, 10 draws and 8 losses is how United capped off the 2014/2015 season. it hasn’t exactly been a successful season for the club but a return to Champions league football was always the realistic target. Although its not the way we would have liked to get in, we’ll take it.
This season also introduced some players who our hearts have opened up to and we have simply adored them while others who we couldn’t wait for the season to end so that they can be stripped off the Chevrolet Kit.
This subject matter will be tackled in three different blog posts to be put up separately. In part one, I will tackle the list of players who should be on their way come next month.
THE HAVE NOTS
1. ROBIN VAN PERSIE
No one doubted the Dutchman’s ability when he came in. A couple of golden boots just showed his scoring prowess. His first season; The EPL title, The Golden Boot and Goal of the Season for both league and club were some of the spoils he received. it seems a long time ago since all that happened.
He has failed to rise to the occasion on numerous times this season, most notably the glaring penalty miss against The Baggies which all but cost us a sure Champions League spot. His fitness has been an issue this season. He has been in and out of the team due to injuries. For this reason he only has ten goals to his name, an injustice considering his abilities.
At 31, there are certainly no better days for the striker and with about two years left on his contract, United should definitely cash in on the Vintage Van.
- JOHNNY EVANS.
There’s no denying that Evans has been a faithful servant of the club but the question is; is he good enough? My answer is no. The Irish international has hardly been used this season. When he featured, it was because everyone else(who is above him) was out. He has become a last resort. If he wanted to prove himself, the spitting incident against Newcastle did not help his cause. He got the six game ban at a time when our run of games was getting so packed and we certainly paid for it. With Van Gaal obviously in the market for a World-Class Centre back and the revelation of Paddy McNair as one for the future, the £10m- rated defender should be made available for sale.
- RAFAEL DA SILVA
The Brazilian has been Sparsely used this season. It seems like it was just yesterday when the twins were introduced to us as the next big thing. But the reality is its been 7 years!! At 24, we still are yet to see the best of Rafael. He has also fallen victim to injuries but its also no secret that Van Gaal did not hold him in high regard. The gaffer tended to favor unorthodox fullbacks like McNair and even Valencia, who has gone on to nail that position this half of the season. With Van Gaal also in the market for a Fullback, Rafael might have to accustom himself to life either on the bench or the reserve team. Otherwise, its time for Rafa to shed off that kit.
- DAVID DE GEA
This is how United’s season can be summed up in three words. Oh where would we be without the Spaniard?? Dave has been absolutely instrumental this season. Its safe to say that he has singlehandedly dragged us into the Champions League. Many are the times when the team was playing so poorly yet Dave always seemed unfazed by this and rose to the occasion.
It’s for this reason that most people must be wondering how he made my list. His restraint in clarifying his future has been a major concern for me. It is however a difficult decision that I can understand. One one hand, there’s the thought of playing in your country, the city you once called home. On the other hand, there’s the issue of loyalty towards a club and a set of fans who backed you up while you were at your worst meaning they believed in you. It’s difficult to convince me that Dave won’t go back to Spain at some point in his career. The earlier the better. If he doesn’t sign an extension, then Madrid will probably get him for free next summer. He is worth at least £50m but Madrid may arm twist us and go for as low as between 20-35 million Pounds. I have always been a big fan of Dave but when your mind is in twos, you’ll probably not be at your best. He should clarify his future as soon as possible so that United know whether to delve into the market or celebrate his stay otherwise the Spanish Stopper should be on the next plane to Madrid.