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Five shocking Manchester United transfers

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.

Morgan Schneiderlin

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.

Radamel Falcao

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.

Diego Forlan

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. 

Alexis Sanchez

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.

 

Bebe

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.

Should Jesse Lingard be a regular starter for Man Utd?

Manchester United have thrived this year, despite being second place in the league. And one of the stars has been Jesse Lingard, who, as a Manchester United fan, has been at the club all of his life. He came through the youth set-up, got the odd start in the first team and now has established himself as a great talent and asset for José Mourinho.

In 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson said, “He is 19, came through our youth system and is built like Jean Tigana was for France. But he never got into the limelight until he was about 24, and I think that’ll be the same for Lingard.”

That quote proves, if ever any more proof were needed, that Sir Alex Ferguson was a football genius. He got it spot on with Lingard, who has already scored eight goals this season.

The fact that United’s attack is so destructing, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez and even Paul Pogba, and Lingard is still fighting and doing extremely well for minutes proves that he is the talent that can do excellently for his boyhood club.

He scored the winner at the weekend against Chelsea, in a crucial game which saw United claim second place, and it is fair to say that without Lingard, United would not be anywhere near where they are now, especially with the race so tight for the Champions League places, and the fact that he has offered so much in goals, assists and most importantly work ethic.

Having a fan on the pitch is always a bonus, and Mourinho is seeing that Lingard is a great bonus to him with his sheer determination, running around the pitch and work ethic. Therefore, it is clear to see that Lingard should definitely be a regular starter, or at least super-sub, as he was on Sunday, for Manchester United.

Where will this Chile international be come 11pm tonight?

Alexis Sanchez has been at the heart of the transfer news over the past few days, and his future at Arsenal remains up in the air.

Manchester City tabled a £50m bid for the Chile international earlier this week, but Arsenal turned that down and the Citizens have yet to come back with a second bid, despite reports saying that they are very keen on landing Sanchez.

Rumours earlier in the week were that winger Raheem Sterling was going to be used as part of the deal to lure Sanchez to the Etihad, but those rumours were quickly knocked back by City, saying that he was not going to be leaving the football club.

With over 12 hours of the transfer window left, it remains to be seen where Sanchez will end up come 11pm this evening.

Manchester City fans do you need Alexis Sanchez? If he were to sign where would he fit in? Let us know in the comments section below…