Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world, and many young footballers dream of one day playing at Old Trafford. However, for some, a move to the Theatre of Dreams does not end in a fairytale. Players have had to leave after struggling to make an impact, while some simply fail to remain on top of their game for long and are sold. Today, we’re taking a look at three players in the current United squad who should be looking to part company with the Premier League giants this summer and play their football elsewhere.
Sam Johnstone was on loan at Championship club Aston Villa for the second half of this season and played well. The 24-year-old has shown his quality, and it would be a shame if he remains at United and does not play. The Englishman kept eight clean sheets in 21 Championship appearances for the Villians since joining them on loan in the January transfer window. Johnstone has been at the Red Devils since 2009, but if he wants to have a successful career, then he should leave Old Trafford on a permanent deal in the summer. Returning to Villa for the 2017-18 campaign would be a wise move for the former England under-20 international, who could develop into a superb goalkeeper in the coming years.
Wayne Rooney is past his prime and is struggling for playing time at United, who are 10/11 to win the Europa League final against Ajax according to odds on 888sport. The 31-year-old forward has made only 13 starts in the Premier League this season, scoring five goals and providing five assists in the process. Rooney, who has also operated as a midfielder, still has a few more years left in him at the highest level. It would be a shame if the England international is stuck on the substitutes’ bench at Old Trafford for one more season. It would be hard for Rooney to find another club in the Premier League who could meet his wage demands and match his ambitions on the pitch, but a move to Major League Soccer in the summer could do the player good.
Sergio Romero may be the backup goalkeeper at United, but there is no doubt that he is one of the best in the business when he plays. The 30-year-old has done well when he has featured for the Red Devils, but with David de Gea ahead of him in the pecking order, the Argentina international has no chance of becoming a regular under manager Jose Mourinho. Staying at United is an easy option, but if Romero wants to get regular playing time and (re-)establish himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the world, then he needs to move to another club. Maybe joining Everton, even on a loan deal for next season, would be a wise decision, despite Romero claiming that he wants to play out the rest of his career at United.
Leaving United must be hard for any footballer, but if Johnstone, Romero and Rooney are serious about their respective careers and want to carry on enjoying their football, then they should leave Old Trafford and find a club where they can be happy and are welcomed.