12th on the league table Manchester United are currently the butt of the joke on social media platforms especially as most rival fans always find a way to drag them into every football related banter.

The Red Devils have suffered a disastrous season and it’s even still too early in the season to be having such time. However, this could be linked to the lack of depth in the squad due to injuries, exposing the holes in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

The United boss had been forced to turn to youth and out of form fringe players in recent weeks as his star men continue to fight their way back to fitness.

Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, two highly paid players in the club and key men to the club’s strength are currently nursing injuries and the options for midfield and attack are currently thin leaving the club with a large void to fill.

In the heat of the moment, let’s look through the list of three players that Manchester United let go but should not have.

Jonny Evans in defense

Johnny Evans left United for West Brom in 2015. Apart from going out of Manchester United on loan a couple of times, the Northern Irish defender has always been a good back-up. He might not be the accurate fit for the United defense but he does well to step up when he is needed.

With a total appearance of 267, the now-Leicester City player has scored ten goals and has nine assists. He has a total of 11,231 passes averaging 42.06 passes per match with five big chances created.

He also had 424 tackles with an average 73% tackle success, 537 interceptions and 1,715 clearances with an impressive 1405 recoveries. (Premier League Stat)

Over his career, Johnny Evans has racked up an incredible stat and will always be a great addition to whichever team he is on. If he was on the Manchester United team, his input would go a long way.

Daley Blind in the defense

Blind was one of the big signings in 2014, joining from Ajax in the same summer as Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo.

Blind made 90 appearances playing in the Premier League, played a further scoring four goals and making five assists. During this, he had a total of 4,876 passes averaging a total of 54.18 passes per match and eight big chances created with six through balls.

He has a total of 204 tackles, averaging an impressive 72% tackle success,
19 block shots, 212 interceptions and 301 clearances with 543 recoveries.
(Premier League Stat)

Daley is another treasure Manchester United should never have let go, one defender that could be there for the Red Devil in their time of need.

Memphis Depay playing forward

The Dutch forward has always been one to show his talent at any opportunity he has. Although, he had obvious flaws that could have been worked on to make him better, Manchester United should never have let him go.

He made just eight appearances under Mourinho before being sold to Lyon in January 2017. Since then Depay has become a centre forward, scoring consistently in Ligue 1 and for the Netherlands. His ability to play centrally and drift wide would make him an ideal fit for United under Solskjaer, in a side desperate for creativity and goals, with Depay able to supply both.


It might be just the right time for Manchester United to start developing a system that helps them sell players and get replacements for them. The pressing need for replacements in the face of injuries is becoming critical and a problem that needs to be quickly addressed.

As it is, Manchester United has got to look to signing players that will fill the void in the squad in January or drop below their current position on the Premier League table.


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