One of the best clubs in Europe and a traditional top-six club in England, Manchester United have been a poor side in their performances since the departure of legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Most of the poor performances can be attributed for the flawed transfer policies of Manchester United under both Sir Alex Ferguson and his successors. Here are the top five shocking transfers that went on to raise the eyebrows of Old Trafford fans.
Under Louis van Gaal, Manchester United were looking to sign some fresh talent and rebuild the club. Legends such as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes had just retired or were on the verge of retirement. Subsequently, Manchester United signed Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton for a reported fee of £25m. However, the French international failed to impress at Old Trafford and was shipped off to Everton in 2017 by Jose Mourinho for a fee of €23 million following his inconsistent performances at Stretford End.
The Columbian international was one of those European league players who came with a high reputation to England. However, within the days of his arrival, “El Tigre” proved that he is not up to Premier League standard.
Ed Woodward signed Radamel Falcao on a loan deal following his impressive performances at Atletico Madrid, Porto and Monaco. Manchester United had signed the player on a season-long deal worth £6 million on the deadline day.
During his stay at Old Trafford, Falcao was able to score four goals and notch up five assists in 29 appearances across all the competitions.
United however chose not to make the loan move permanent and The Columbian forward experienced another unsuccessful stint in the Premier League at Chelsea.
The Uruguayan’s spell at Old Trafford was rather disappointing and proved to be one of the disastrous decision by the legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Manchester United acquired the services of Forlan for a reported fee of €11 million from the Argentinian club, Independiente. However, the striker failed to live up to the hype with just 17 goals to his name across all the competitions. Forlan did manage 98 appearances for the club under Ferguson as the manager looked to avoid the backlash from supporters after splashing out a huge amount in the transfer market.
Following on from his spell at Old Trafford, Forlan enjoyed rather more success at clubs such as Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, proving that a move away from the Premier League was the best decision for his career.
If Manchester United fans were allowed to undo one signing ever, that would be Alexis Sanchez without a doubt. Jose Mourinho signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a cash+player deal. Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved to Emirates and Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford.
Coming with a huge reputation, Alexis Sanchez failed to be that star player whom the whole world admired in his Barcelona and Udinese days. In his 45 appearances for Manchester United, Sanchez managed just five goals and added nine assists to his name across all the competitions.
After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reigns at Old Trafford on a permanent basis, Sanchez was loaned to Inter Milan with the Norwegian international looking to transform the club. In one of the recent transfer rumors, Alexis Sanchez is rumoured to be part of deal for wonderkid Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
Ferguson has pulled the strings perfectly when it comes to transfers. However, there is one instance where the successful Scottish Manager’s gamble on a player failed to come off.
Bebe, the Portuguese youngster was signed by Ferguson for a reported fee of €8.8 million in 2010 from the Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes. The player was literally living on the streets of Lisbon before he got offered the chance to wear the esteemed jersey of Manchester United.
However, Manchester United realised their mistake early and allowed the winger to appear just seven times across all competitions for Manchester United. Moreover, Manchester United recovered some of their investment on the player by loaning him out to several clubs across Spain and Portugal.