Manchester United: Five Players the Red Devils Should Part With [Summer Transfer Period 2012]

  on May 23 2012 4:03 PM

Manchester United ended their season without any silverware when the Premier League title was snatched away by Manchester City in the astonishing final minutes of the season. As a result, United will be making drastic changes to their current squad by signing a plethora of players during the summer transfer period. More summer signings would also lead to a few players on their current squad being jettisoned away to make room for new talent.

Dimitar Berbatov

The United striker has made it very clear recently that he would be leaving Old Trafford despite having an additional year tacked on to his contract as he was not given a chance to play regularly this season after Danny Welbeck was given the first preference over Berbatov. The Bulgarian was not even on the bench during last year's Champions League Final defeat against Barcelona.

Michael Owen

After joining Manchester United from Newcastle, Owen failed to make a difference in his United career. The 32-year old striker was sidelined most of the season due to injury concerns but will always be remembered for the late winner he scored against Manchester City at Old Trafford. However, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Michael Owen will be released as a United player and Owen has confirmed the rumors via his Twitter account.

Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira 

Anderson could be on his way out of United during the transfer period as the club is looking forward to developing their midfield with other options. Paul Scholes, 37, and Ryan Giggs, 38, had their contracts extended for a year, while 30-year-old Michael Carrick is regaining his form. United will likely sign more midfield players during this transfer window, which may push Anderson out the door.

Federico Macheda

Macheda is another young talent who could be ushered to the exit during the summer transfer window. The 20-year-old forward was left off the first team squad until January, when he was loaned out to QPR. With the likes of Welback, Javier Hernadez and Wayne Rooney up front in the United's attack, Macheda probably won't see regular football action for United. If he stays, the young Italian may suffer the same fate as his teammate Berbatov.

Tomas Kusczak

Kusczak's situation is also rather similar to Berbatov's, with the only difference being that Kusczak was loaned out to Watford. Kusczak has also expressed his frustration as he was not made the first choice goalkeeper after the departure of Edwin van de Sar. United's goalkeeping department looks stable as David Da Gea's play improved late in the season. In addition, Anders Lindergaard and Ben Amos are waiting in the wings, which assures that Kusczak is likely on his way out.