Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How the Reds Rated

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How the Reds Rated

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WITH David Moyes' first season in charge at Old Trafford descending into crisis, focus has turned on the players who have performed so poorly this season.

United have gone from run-away Premier League champions last season to a side that faces a major battle just to secure a top four finish.

Moyes has made it clear he plans to bring in new faces, during this month's transfer window and in the summer.

The question is who will be shown the door as he looks to rebuild his squad? After a season of woe so far a number of stars could be fighting for their futures.

Last night's Capital One Cup semifinal first leg against Sunderland was a chance for some of his underperforming stars to convince the United manager that they should remain a part of his plans.

7 DE GEA Let down by his team-mates for Sunderland's goals. Slack marking led to Giggs putting through his own net in the first half - then Cleverley's clumsy challenge led to the penalty in the second. Produced a great save to deny Larsson in between RAFAEL Could have followed his brother's lead by getting sent off for a late challenge on Borini just moments after getting booked for dissent. His frustration seemed symbolic of the wider problems that are currently reverberating around Old Trafford EVANS His injury is another concern for Moyes. Before that he was responsible for giving away the free kick on Fletcher that led to 6 6 Sunderland's opener. With Rio Ferdinand likely to depart in the summer, Moyes is sure to look for a new centre back VIDIC There are major question marks over whether United's captain will sign a new contract in the summer, but no one could doubt his commitment on the field. His header could yet prove a crucial lifeline in this tie 7 6 EVRA Forced his way forward to provide an outlet on the left, which led to gaps at the back when Sunderland broke. …

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