Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WINNERS AND LOSERS OF MOYES' DEPARTURE ; What Next for the United Stars, Who Have Under-Performed at Old Trafford This Season?

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WINNERS AND LOSERS OF MOYES' DEPARTURE ; What Next for the United Stars, Who Have Under-Performed at Old Trafford This Season?

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THE sacking of David Moyes could may well have saved the United careers of some players.

Here, M.E.N. Sport's DAVID LYNCH looks at who in the Reds' squad will benefit and who may lose out following the Scot's exit...

DAVID DE GEA ONE of the few standout performers under David Moyes, and a virtual ever-present as a result. That is unlikely to change under new manager. RAFAEL APPEARED regularly under Moyes but was sometimes left out due to the manager's preference for a more defensive setup. A less pragmatic boss is likely to love him.

PATRICE EVRA ALWAYS played when fit this season despite often being out of form. Was tipped for Old Trafford exit but could be tempted to stay now.

PHIL JONES EMERGED as a regular central defensive option due to injuries, picking up minutes which are sure to benefit Moyes' successor. Would be keen for the new boss to keep him at centre- back for the long term.

CHRIS SMALLING OFTEN deployed at rightback in place of Rafael before moving to centrehalf. New boss could see Smalling and Jones as the new centre-back partnership.

RIO FERDINAND NOT fit for large periods and was widely reported not to be Moyes' biggest fan. Could a new manager give him an extension to his contract? JONNY EVANS WOULD have played more often had he been fit. Proved he remains a hugely useful option for the Reds, although the new boss may decide he won't be a regular starter and move him on.

JUAN MATA HAS been suggested he was a club signing rather than one of Moyes' men. Won't see his reputation hit by United's struggles since his arrival and will hope the new boss will play him in his favoured position.

WAYNE ROONEY HANDED the most lucrative contract in Reds' history under the former manager and will still be a key figure.

ROBIN VAN PERSIE UNFORTUNATELY back to his injury-prone worst this season but, when-fit, a world-class operator. There had been talk he didn't get on with Moyes, and would love his Dutch boss Louis van Gaal to take over.

RYAN GIGGS HIS sporadic appearances under Moyes were the cause of much consternation, but it seems unlikely he will go back to playing now.

ANDERS LINDEGAARD USED sparingly, like any back-up goalkeeper. …

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