The most successful football club in England? Manchester United, no doubt. The players of this club have managed to set a number of records. United have won 20 league titles, 12 FA Cups and 21 Community Shields. This is not even a complete list of their trophies. As you can see, Manchester United are considered to be one of the world’s top clubs for a reason.
However, in the 2015/2016 season the players of the club did not manage to strain every sinew and suffered a number of humiliating defeats. This situation made quite a fuss. People started to talk about the end of the club’s successful career. As a result, Manchester United executives made a decision to dismiss the manager and many players, before bringing in a new boss and many new players. In fact, a considerable number of players have been fired and an immense sum of money has been spent on new contracts. Such steps attracted the attention of both football experts and fans, who began to talk about their potential consequences.
The list of players, who have recently left the club, includes almost 20 sportsmen. Here are some of them:
# 1 Nicholas Edward Powell
This young football player joined Manchester United in 2012. He did not manage to become the member of the first team and was loaned to a number of other clubs. In 2015 he returned to Manchester United and appeared in several matches. Still, he missed his chance to show himself to good advantage. As a result, he moved to Wigan Athletic. His transfer was quite a logical step.
# 2 Víctor Valdés Arribas
The Spanish goalkeeper is considered to be one of the best glovesmen in the history of the football club Barcelona. He spent most of his career playing for this club. It is noteworthy that he has received the Zamora Trophy five times, which is a record. He joined Manchester United in 2015; however, he rarely appeared in matches. In 2016 he moved to Middlesbrough. Despite his gift and skills, his career at Manchester United was short and unremarkable.
# 3 Donald Alistair Love
This defender signed a contract with Manchester United in 2013. Still, he was allowed to appear in the matches of this club only twice and he did not manage to make a good impression on the club’s executives. As a result, he moved to Sunderland together with Paddy McNair.
# 4 Paddy McNair
The young Northern Irishman joined Manchester United in 2011. Thanks to his skills, commitment and quality performance, he earned the approval of both fans and managers. However, the executives of the club have come to a decision that they do not need the player anymore. Frankly speaking, that is an unexpected step.
# 5 Tyler Nathan Blackett
This defender signed his first professional contract with Manchester United in 2012. But, due to the fact that he was loaned to other clubs, he got the chance to play for his team only in the season 2014/2015. Although he did not manage to score any goals, he tried hard and was praised by the manager.
# 6 Will Keane
This forward has been playing for Manchester United for six seasons. However, he appeared on the field only three times due to loans and injuries. He did not score any goals for this team. Maybe, he did not have enough time for that. But, if you have a look at the statistics, you will see that he has managed to find the net only a few times playing for other teams. Perhaps, he just lacks skills or experience. He is quite young, after all. In any case, his dismissal is unlikely to have a negative impact on the team’s performance.
# 7 Ashley Michael Fletcher
The defender started to play for Manchester United in 2014. Since he did not manage to show that he is worth being included in the first team, he was loaned to Barnsley. Playing for this club, he helped his team to achieve a number of victories and to get to the Championship. Thanks to his impressive performance at Barnsley, he was offered a new contract with Manchester United, but the sportsman decided to move to West Ham United. It was announced that he left the club at his own wish. Still, the club’s executives could have held back the truth for some reason.
As you can see, the majority of players, who have left Manchester United in the season 2016/2017, have failed to prove themselves and to contribute to the development of the club. So, the decision to get rid seems to be quite logical. There is no need to spend money and time on the players who do not have the potential to become the club’s top players.
Sure, there is a number of players, who have joined the club in the current season. They are:
1) Eric Bertrand Bailly
This young sportsman started his career as the player of Espanyol. He spent two seasons at this club. Afterwards, he signed a contract with Villarreal. Playing for this team, he scored his first goal as a professional player. Although his contract with this club was not over, he moved to Manchester United. The manager of the club considers him to have the potential to achieve immense success. As for the player’s opinion, he hopes that playing for Manchester United will help him to successfully develop. It is noteworthy that Bailly has already managed to prove himself and to become the man of the match twice. Besides, he has been acknowledged to be the Player of the Month in August. It must be admitted that signing a contract with this defender has proven to be the right step.
2) Zlatan Ibrahimovic
This striker is well-known in the world of sports. He is famous for a number of records he has set. Due to his talent and commitment, he manages to score the maximum possible number of goals in every match. It is not surprising that he has been recognized to be the leading goalscorer of a number of teams. He has also been awarded the Golden Ball ten times. Besides, he was named one of the top world’s players (to be more precise, he took the third place in the rating). Since he had signed his first professional contract, he has managed to score almost 400 goals. All these facts speak volumes about his skills and potential. As for his performance in the current season, he has already made five goals. That is a good start. In any case, time will show whether he will help Manchester United to achieve new victories.
3) Henrikh Mkhitaryan
The captain of the Armenia national team has joined Manchester United in July. The list of the clubs he has played for includes Pyunik, Metalurh Donetsk, Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund. As for his achievements, he has been recognized to be Armenia’s leading goalscorer, as well as the best Shakhtar player of the season 2011/2012. Besides, he was chosen to be the Armenian Footballer of the Year in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Sure, this is not a complete list of his titles and awards. This sportsman has already achieved a great deal in football and has the potential to become even more successful. If to speak about his performance at his new club, he plays as a midfielder. However, that does not mean that he performs defense functions only. It is well known that he is good at scoring goals, too. This player is a mixture of a defender and an attacker, which is his biggest advantage. Is there a team that does not need such a versatile player?
4) Paul Labile Pogba
This central midfielder can also perform the duties of both a striker and a defender. At the beginning of his career, he played for Manchester United. But in 2012 he made the decision to leave the club. One should note that the club’s executives became indignant after learning about his decision. He did not even trouble to warn them beforehand. However, in 2016 they agreed to pay over € 100 million for his transfer. No doubt, his quality performance at Juventus has contributed to his reputation of being an excellent player. Indeed, after Pogba had joined the club, the team started to roll up victories. Perhaps, his successful career at Juventus is one of the reasons why Manchester United managers have decided to shut their eyes to his behavior. In the current season the sportsman has appeared in only a few matches so far, so he has not got the opportunity to come in full force yet. Over time, we will see whether he will have a positive influence on the club’s results.
So, in the current season four players have joined the club Manchester United so far. All of them have already proven to have the skills and potential required to lead their team to success. The decision to hire them seems to be wise enough. Still, it is the trainer who should work out the strategy that will ensure the club’s progress.
As you probably know, in the season 2015/2016 the club Manchester United has not achieved great results. The executives of the club had to react to this situation somehow. So, about a dozen of players had to move to other clubs. The trainer was also dismissed. Sure, new players were invited to join the club. Such dramatic changes made a fuss. The opinions of fans and experts differ. Some of them consider such a step to be unwise, other believe that new team members will help the club achieve new victories. Still, one should note that the majority of the players, who have left the club in this season, have failed to prove that they are worth playing for such a great team. They have been offered the chance to show that they have the skills and experience required to help the club win victories but they have never used it. So, their dismissal was not a surprise. As for the new players, due to their skills and commitment, all of them have already made a brilliant career and earned the respect of both fans and colleagues. They are likely to make the club move to a new level.