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3 Marked Out By Sir Alex For January Exit?

Italian media has reported that Sir Alex Ferguson is willing to let Nani, Anderson and Federico Macheda leave Old Trafford after the trio have fallen out of favour with the 19-times English champions this season.

Nani was linked with a number of moves away during the summer’s transfer window, with Zenit St Petersburg apparently close to sealing a deal just three weeks ago, and it seems that he will be on his way out sooner rather than later after the signing of Shinji Kagawa has seen him fall further down the pecking order.

Ashley Young, despite currently being injured, is still first-choice along with Kagawa on the wing whilst Antonio Valencia has been in excellent form over the last 18 months, so chances seem limited for Nani.

Russia would still be a viable option for the Portugal international, although Spain and his native country could also prove appealing if the money is right. It would seem unlikely that he would stay in England with none of the top sides short of talent in wide areas.

Anderson was signed along with Nani in the summer of 2007 but has never been a consistent starter under Ferguson and it seems that he will leave the club before the start of the next campaign.

The performance of teenager Nick Powell in last week’s 4-0 win over Wigan has seen him compared to Paul Scholes in certain media outlets, and has surely seen him move past Brazilian Anderson and put the final nail in his coffin at Old Trafford.

Anderson may be tempted to move back to Brazil as league football in South America continues to build in popularity whilst the likes of Everton and Newcastle United may also be interested.

Macheda has been loaned out to Juventus and QPR over the last couple of seasons and is deemed surplus to requirements after the signing of Robin van Persie and the rise of Danny Welbeck through the ranks.

A spell in Serie A may help get his career back on track whilst a number of Championship teams may also be interested in his services, especially if a loan deal was possible.

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