Manchester United may well be the most successful club in Premier League history but in that time the Red Devils have made some incredibly poor transfers – as would be expected.
Of course you can’t get them all right and after signing players like Cristiano Ronaldo & Wayne Rooney, you’ve got to have made a few mistakes.
Let’s all enjoy a look back at five of the worst Man United signings in recent history.
All signed by Sir Alex Ferguson incidentally…
Signed in August 2010 from Portuguese side Vitória de Guimarães, the then 20-year-old was looking to become the biggest thing out of Portugal since Cristiano Ronaldo (or Nani). However after making just 2 Premier League appearances for the club and after three separate loan moves over his four year stay, he finally moved on to Benfica on a permanent deal. Never fulfilled the promise – not by a long way.
Money spent – £7,400,000 Money received – £1,600,000 Total loss – £5,800,000
League Appearances – 2 – League Goals – 0 –
Cup Appearances – 5 – Cup Goals – 2 –
Despite having one of the catchiest names in world football, Djemba-Djemba didn’t make the impact that was expected of him. The Cameroonian international was an unknown quantity when he arrived but he was the possible successor to Manchester United legend Roy Keane. It’s safe to say he never quite filled that void, and after making just 20 league appearances for the club without a single goal. He was sold on to fellow Premier League club Aston Villa and is still playing aged 33 for Chennaiyin FC in the newly formed Indian Super League.
Money spent – £3,500,000 Money received – £1,500,000 Total loss – £2,000,000
League Appearances – 20 – League Goals – 0 –
Cup Appearances – 8 – Cup Goals – 1 –
The only player in our countdown who is still part of the Manchester United squad, Anderson. Considered to be one of the brightest young talents in world football at the time of signing, the then 19-year-old signed from FC Porto. Despite playing a considerable amount of games during his seven years (and counting) with the club, he’s never quite managed to excel.
A young Brazilian international signed for a hefty price tag, yet never delivered. Still with the squad today and he made a ‘comeback’ appearance as a substitute against Burnley earlier in the season, after a loan-spell with Fiorentina last campaign.
Money spent – £20,000,000 Money received – N/A Total loss – £20,000,000
League Appearances – 105 – League Goals – 5 –
Cup Appearances – 71 – Cup Goals – 4 –
An experienced 26-year-old at the time of signing, the Argentinean international became Man United’s record-signing. His spell in England was far from what was expected of the fully fledged international in the peak years of his career, but that can be the way. After a reasonable amount of appearances of the club, Verón moved onto rivals Chelsea for a smidgen of the price.
At the time of his transfer to Chelsea he was the most expensive footballer of all time with the accumulative transfer fees that had been spent on him. A tag which he certainly didn’t live up to during his time with Man United and Chelsea.
Money spent – £28,000,000 Money received – £15,000,000 Total loss – £13,000,000
League Appearances – 51 – League Goals – 7 –
Cup Appearances – 17 – Cup Goals – 4 –
One of the more bizarre signings of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign. The Frenchman was signed up by Sunderland when he was just 19 and before he had even made a first team league appearance for his youth side Cannes. The striker went on to make 20 league appearances for the Black Cats over a two year period. Despite scoring only 1 goal in that time Sir Alex saw something in Bellion that no one else did. He spent three years at Old Trafford with two loan spells at West Ham and Nice. Although he managed to open his account with United in his limited opportunities it wasn’t long before he was loaned out and then eventually sold back to his native country.
Money spent – £3,000,000 (compensation) Money received – undisclosed Total loss – £?
League Appearances – 24 – League Goals – 4 –
Cup Appearances – 26 – Cup Goals – 4 –