RVP on My PS75m List of Players United Must Sell; the Time's Ripe to Cash in on Van Persie, While Evra, Nani, Anderson, Kagawa, Vidic and Hernandez Need to Go
Byline: Patrick Barclay on Monday
WE HEAR Wayne Rooney is to wait until he sees whether Manchester United are to be in the Champions League next season before engaging in talks about a contract renewal and, if this is true, David Moyes should treat it as a transfer request.
If, moreover, Rooney returns from injury in form as bright as in the first half of the season and United still fail to finish either in the top four or as European title holders, the request should be accepted. Because Moyes is going to need a lot of money to reshape United as a dominant force and Chelsea, who courted Rooney last summer, might as well cough up some of it.
Estimates of the amount made available to Moyes for use in the current and summer windows have caused some eyes to water. The more cynical among us will believe what the Glazer family actually provide. But the truth is that PS200 million might not be enough.
In order to do a proper job, the United manager and chief executive Ed Woodward are going to have to sell as well as buy, partly to raise money for reinforcements and partly to free up shirts for them. And there are plenty of players who need to be sold or as in the case of Rio Ferdinand gently released into television punditry.
Here are a few names, in ascending order of contentiousness: Anderson, Patrice Evra, Alex Buttner (an up-anddown left-back of erratic touch), Nani, Shinji Kagawa (lovely but lightweight), the creaking legend Nemanja Vidic and Javier Hernandez, whose all-round game does not match his finishing. And I'd add Robin van Persie to the list.
Unfortunately the brilliant Dutchman is injured, as in most of his early years under Arsene Wenger. Otherwise Arsenal fans might have thought him worth considering as a short-term solution to Wenger's perceived striker problem Van Persie is, after all, on record as wanting to be with a title-chasing club. …