THE emergence of a crop of talented youngsters has been the only real highlight of another disappointing campaign for Manchester United.
A number of more experienced players have failed to deliver and look set for the summer scrapheap.
talkSPORT suggested the only United player to consistently stand out this season has been goalkeeper David De Gea (yet again!). We happen to think Anthony Martial has also shown great promise since arriving in the January transfer window, while Chris Smalling continues to improve and has had a solid season at the back.
talkSPORT list six players they believe should be made surplus to requirements at United; Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.
Age may not be on the side of Carrick, while Young and Valencia are also now both in their thirties so their best years are probably behind them but we think Rojo is worth hanging on to – he can play left-back or in the centre and is a useful option at least as back-up.
As far as Fellaini goes, many United fans couldn’t see the back of him quickly enough.
But some may question the inclusion of Jones, still just 24, on the list.
However, the player Sir Alex Ferguson once suggested could go on to become United’s greatest ever has failed to come on as expected. He is far too injury-prone and when he is fit, continues to make poor decisions too often and lacks composure at crucial times.
It’s unfortunate as he appeared to have the world at his feet when he arrived at Old Trafford in 2011 but he is just not reliable enough and we agree it could be time to move him on.
What do United fans think? Has Jones had more than enough time to prove himself?
Manchester United are 13/8 (2.63) favourites to beat Liverpool in tomorrow’s Europa League 2nd leg.