Due to some, to put it simply, twat and their hoax bomb, Manchester United’s 2015/16 (Premier League) season looks like it will be prolonged for a little while longer. However, thoughts have been turning to the next campaign for a while, and now seems a good time to consider the current squad, who should be moved on, and where can be improved. Who should be chucked outright? Who should be left hanging around on stand-by as a decent back-up or prospect? Who should be kept as a starter? Chuck, Stand-by, Keep.
David de Gea – Keep: This time, let’s just smash up the fax machine and call it an accident. Dave saves, Dave stays.
Sergio Romero – Stand-by: Was pretty decent when he was started at the beginning of the season, under the cloud of De Gea’s then-imminent departure. Definitely a decent back-up.
Victor Valdes – Stand-by: I don’t know if he’s still at the club. He’s on the club website’s squad page but doesn’t have a number, so who knows, but I’d keep him around if he wants to stay.
Chris Smalling – Keep: Though there are faults in his game, he is a decent enough centre-back, although I think he needs stronger communicators around him than he has this season. Also, you’d be a fool to let him go with what little else we have in terms of defensive quality.
Daley Blind – Stand-by: Ideally, Smalling would be United’s second-best centre-back in the starting XI; that’s the kind of level I think he’s at. Blind is clearly not better than Smalling, but is a very useful back-up to have available, and his versatility also makes him a great player to have on the bench. Continue reading