It’s a real shame the popular and legendary German came to Old Trafford so late in his career, as in his prime, he was the kind of midfielder United had been crying out for after Roy Keane’s acrimonious departure. However, at this point in his career, there isn’t much he can offer the team at this level. The few qualities he can bring to the pitch, United already get from Michael Carrick, who has more mobility and discipline than the World Cup winner. I’m sure there are plenty of possible options available to Schweinsteiger. A swansong in the MLS or even a money-spinning season in China could be realistic prospects, but I highly doubt we will see him in a United shirt again.
Rojo cut an impressive figure for Argentina during the 2012 World Cup, flying down the wing from left-back, looking very effective going forward and putting in a good defensive shift along the way. However, it’s hard to believe this is the same player, as everytime he pulls on that red shirt he becomes a constant liability. I know it takes players time to settle and he is bound to be nervous, but it shouldn’t be an excuse, especially when he was consistently out-performed by Cameron Borthwick-Jackson throughout the second half of the season. He has struggled with a few niggling injuries during his two year spell at Old Trafford, but he seems inexplicably slow in all aspects of his game and is always in danger of giving away a penalty. If United want to win the Premier League, then there is no place for Rojo in the team. Moving him on is surely the best thing to do.
There have been many great footballers who have graced the hallowed turf at Old Trafford and helped create some of the most memorable moments in United history. Fellaini is not one of them. Infact, I would go so far as to say he is the worst technical football to ever pull on a Manchester United shirt. He cannot pass and he cannot tackle, two big negatives for someone who classes himself as a defensive midfielder. Whether playing in his preferred deeper role, or in his usual more advanced position on the pitch, his positional awareness is laughable. The big Belgian simply plays the ball out wide as quickly as possible and lumbers into box, peeling off towards the back post in the hope of a cross, a game plan which becomes easier and easier to deal with as the game runs on.
Fellaini is clueless, useless and always has the potential to get sent off. I wouldn’t even be bothered about selling him. If someone offered me a bag of sweets in return for the Belgian, I would snap it up without hesitation. One way or another, he has to go.