Rating every Man United signing since Fergie retired
Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, United have gone through a transitional period where the success they had previously enjoyed has so far not been replicated. Since his retirement, United have signed 31 players with varying degrees of success, read our ratings on every single one of them below.
Guillermo Varela– 4
The first post-Fergie signing was Uruguayan right back Guillermo Varela. The 20 year old could not break into the first team, only making 11 appearances, and had spells on loan at Real Madrid Castilla and Eintracht Frankfurt, before rejoining Penarol in the summer of 2017.
Marouane Fellaini– 6
Fellaini joined United from Everton for £27 million, and in the intervening four and a half seasons has endured an up and down time thus far. His first season flopped massively, as he only made 16 league appearances. Since then he has played in a variety of roles, and under Mourinho became an important part of the side before injury hampered his involvement.
Saidy Janko– 2
Janko joined in the summer of 2013 and failed to make a single appearance before being carted out to Celtic in July 2015.
Juan Mata– 8
Mata joined United in the 2014 Winter window, and was given the task of steadying an already sinking ship under David Moyes. Mata has been an important fixture of the post Fergie United sides, getting into double figures for goals in each of the 14/15, 15/16 and 16/17 seasons. This season he has struggled somewhat, but overall has been a great signing, and potentially David Moyes’ only good decision as United gaffer.
Ander Herrera– 7
Van Gaal’s first signing, Herrera has been important to United, and has become a fan favourite for his passion and all action style of play. The 28 year old is capable of going forward, and also doesn’t shirk his defensive duties, often becoming an indispensable part of the side.
Luke Shaw– 5
After becoming the most expensive teenager in world football following his £30 million switch from Southampton, expectations were high. His first season he often sat on the sidelines. He started his second season as first choice left Back, before a double leg break in September ended his season, and many would argue he is yet to fully recover from this setback. Mourinho has often criticised his work rate and desire, but at 22 there is still time for him to turn it round.
Vanja Milinkovic-Savic– 1
A Serbian goalkeeper who agreed to Join United from Vojvodina in 2014, before being immediately loaned back. When the summer of 2015 arrived he was unable to gain a work permit, and was released by United in November.
Marcos Rojo– 6
Rojo had a very good World Cup with Argentina, and was snapped up by United for £16 million in 2014. The aggressive defender has struggled to nail down a regular first team place, and has suffered from injury problems during his time at Old Trafford. During the 16/17, Rojo formed a strong partnership with Phil Jones and enjoyed his best season to date. However, this season he hasn’t been able to replicate that form due to injury.
Angel Di Maria– 3
Di Maria’s signing was seen as a massive coup for United, as he had just had the best season of his career at Real Madrid, staring in the Champions League Final with a man of the match performance. His one and only season in Manchester started brightly, but turned sour quickly and his time at Old Trafford was cut short when he joined PSG in 2015. Since then he has regained his best form in France, but the fact of the matter remains, for £59.7 million Di Maria is one of United’s biggest flops.
Daley Blind– 5
Blind has suffered from being moved around the pitch too much, and as a result no one really knows his best position. He was important under Van Gaal, but his importance under Mourinho has diminished. Overall a good squad player but is unlikely to be considered a United great.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah– 6
A shrewd signing from Ajax’s youth setup, the Dutch defender has shown glimpses of real talent in his 21 United appearances, and is currently enjoying a good loan spell with Crystal Palace. At 20 years of age, Fosu-Mensah could definitely be one to look out for.
Victor Valdes– 2
Brought in as back up to David De Gea, Valdes was never likely to usurp his fellow Spaniard. Playing twice before leaving in January 2016.
Sadiq El Fitouri– 2
His journey from non league Salford to Premier League United is legendary. His career at Old Trafford was anything but, leaving after never making an appearance.
Radamel Falcao– 2
Another expensive flop, Falcao arrived on loan for £6 million on transfer deadline day. The legendary striker was easily one of the most feared strikers on the planet in his heyday. Four goals in 29 games was a measly return, and Falcao left the Premier League a flop, then returned with Chelsea the season after and again flopped.
Andy Kellett– 1
Perhaps an unknown signing to most fans, Kellett signed on loan from Bolton in January 2015. However, he never got close to the first team in his six months, and returned to Bolton, now playing for League Two Chesterfield.
Memphis Depay– 4
Depay’s time at Old Trafford was short and many fans felt he should have been given more of a chance than the 18 months he was afforded. His £25 million move from PSV had fans excited, especially after his 28 goal haul led them to the league title. His first season wasn’t an out and out success, but 7 goals in 45 games for a player adjusting to a new league isn’t terrible. But as the 16/17 season it became clear Mourinho wasn’t convinced by Depay and he was shipped out in January to Lyon.
Matteo Darmian– 6
Darmian has suffered due to the sudden emergence of Antonio Valencia as a world class right back, but has still performed adequately when called upon. The 28 year old is good back up and has adapted his game to play on the left side of defence, as well as his more comfortable right side.
Bastian Schweinsteiger– 4
A World Cup winner in 2014, Schweinsteiger came with a near unrivalled pedigree after 13 years at Bayern. His time at Old Trafford didn’t live up to expectation, with it being quite clear the midfield general wasn’t the player he once was. However, he was well liked and respected by United fans, and never looked completely out of place in a United shirt.
Morgan Schneiderlin– 4
On the other hand, Schneiderlin never really looked good enough for the Red Devils, unable to recapture the form that made him a standout player at Southampton. £25 million seemed a good enough deal at the time, but particularly under Mourinho, Schneiderlin didnt fit and his move to Everton suited all parties.
Sergio Romero– 6
A free transfer from Sampdoria, many expected Romero to fill the shoes Valdes was to vacate, as second in command to De Gea. Romero has so far exceeded that role, played 35 times and put in some brilliant performances when given the chance. His presence ensures De Gea is always at the top of his game.
Anthony Martial– 8
The £36 million move was seen by many as a risk for an unproven youngster, his debut goal against Liverpool put an end to those ideas, and ever since he has looked like a brilliant acquisition for the Reds. Second season syndrome set in slightly, but this campaign has seen Martial back to his best, with 11 goals and counting.
Regan Poole– 4
The young welsh defender has only made the one appearance for the first team so far after his move from Newport, but is held in high regard by those at the club and looks to have a bright future.
Eric Bailly– 7
Bailly has looked very calm, confident and assured every time he has donned the United shirt. But his main problem has been failing to stay injury free for long enough to become a main stay in the team. His talent and potential are there to see, if he can stay fit he could be a key figure in the first team for years to come.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (part 1)– 10
Ibrahimovic was simply unbelievable in his first spell at United, his goals secured them the League Cup and he played a major role in helping United to win the Europa League. Add this to the fact that he came on a free transfer, Ibrahimovic must be considered one of the best signings in United’s history, and if injury hadn’t cut his season short, who knows what might have happened.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan– 5
Mkhitaryan is one of the strangest signings United have ever made. He struggled to get into the first team during the early stages of his first season, then when he finally did his form was unbelievable. His second season started with him in the first team, but he then lost his place and was part of a deal to bring Alexis Sanchez to United. When he played he was more often than not very impressive, and his departure was very bitter-sweet for the Old Trafford faithful.
Paul Pogba– 7
The prodigal son returned for the measly sum of £90 million, breaking the world transfer record in the process. During his first season he showed glimpses of his talent, but not often enough to justify the huge price tag. This season he has started to prove the doubters wrong, with his displays often being spectacular, but injuries have hindered his playing time somewhat. On top form there are not many better.
Victor Lindelof– 4
The Swede arrived for £31 million from Benfica, and has thus far had no real impact. It is often the case that new signings need some time to bed in, in particular defenders, and that allowance must be made for Lindelof. Given time he could prove himself and justify his price tag.
Romelu Lukaku– 7
He started brilliantly this season, then hit a dry spell, but is now slowly regaining his form. The big Belgian splits opinion amongst football fans, and there are still big areas of his game that he must improve on, but he scores goals and that is the most important thing. Given time to adapt to playing for a big club, Lukaku will come good for United, and could one day lead them to their first post-Fergie title.
Nemanja Matic– 7
Matic goes about his work quietly and does it with minimum fuss. His arrival from Chelsea was surprising, as to allow a player of Matic’s quality to go to a direct rival was a terrible move on Chelsea’s part. A two time Premier League champion, Matic knows what it takes to win the league, and his experience could prove vital to United over coming years.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (part 2)– 4
His second coming has not lived up to expectations so far, injuries have meant he hasn’t been able to play as much as he would have liked. At 36 years of age it may be the case that the legs have gone, and with Lukaku or Sanchez more likely to start ahead of him even when he returns to full fitness, it is unlikely Ibra is guaranteed a starting spot.
Alexis Sanchez– 6
It is almost impossible to judge Sanchez on one game (a game in which he was voted man of the match). But having said that the signing of Sanchez shows real intent from United, and on his day he is one of the best players in the world. If he can replicate the form he showed at Arsenal, United have a brilliant player on their hands.