Van Gaal insists Manchester United players who will leave make the choice themselves

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United and manager Louis van Gaal are readying themselves for a busy deadline day as several players could be leaving Old Trafford.

Streamlining the squad and selling the deadwood was just as important for Van Gaal this summer as it was for him to secure new signings, and he has already started the process.

The likes of Patrice Evra, Bebe, Rio Ferdinand and Alexander Buttner have already left but more departures are expected.

Speaking after the 0-0 draw with Burnley, Van Gaal said it wasn’t up to him what players leaving and instead insisted the decision was up to the players themselves: “It is the players who decide if they leave.”

With that in mind, who could be leaving? The likes of Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Anders Lindegaard have all been strongly linked with moves away from United.

Cleverley and Kagawa, who may have been recovering from injury, were both left out of the squad to face Burnley amid rumours Aston Villa have had a bid accepted for the England international and Kagawa is on the verge of returning to former club Borussia Dortmund.

Hernandez is subject to bids from Juventus and Valencia according to reports whilst Danny Welbeck could be loaned out to any number of Premier League teams, with Tottenham Hotspur seemingly at the head of the queue.

United are set to have an unprecedented amount of transfer activity in the next 48 hours and there is a real possibility the squad on 2 September will look completely different.

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