Manchester United's re-building job had begun before Bayern Munich confirmed a trophyless debut Old Trafford season for David Moyes.
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United's 18-year stint in the Champions League was ended by the Scot, as performances worsened during his apocalyptic campaign.
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"Any players we've quietly discussed it with are more than happy to join Manchester United," Moyes said before he was sacked. "They know it's not a long-term thing."
Although the club's supporters are anxious to see who will arrive at M16 this summer, there should also be an unprecedented fire-sale that will make the 1995 departures of Ince, Hughes and Kanchelskis look transitionary.
It was tantalisingly suggested in April Sir Alex Ferguson had handed Moyes a sheet of paper last summer that listed which players his successor should keep and who he should sell. Moyes was too diplomatic, but Van Gaal won't be. So, who should stay and who should go?