5 Of Manchester United’s Worst Transfers Of All Time

Despite a recent disastrous campaign, Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world and one of the most successful over the past three decades.

In previous years, particularly during Sir Alex Ferguson’s regime, United was arguably the best in the world and the number of Trophies they won during that time says it all.

Not only with trophies, but Sir Alex Ferguson was also an expert when it came to building a formidable squad, something United has struggled to do in the past 8 years.

The likes of Roy Keane, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, and Cristiano Ronaldo first arrived at United during the era of Ferguson, and all contributed tremendously to United’s success across Europe.

However, Manchester United have not always been the best “especially in recent years” when it comes to transfers, and here are 5 of the worst transfers they have made.

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5. Angel Di Maria

Manchester United signed Angel Di Maria in the summer of 2014 for a record fee of £59.7 million during the era of Louis Van Gaal.

Having played alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid and Lionel Messi in Argentina, the Old Trafford faithful expected him to be the key man.

But the Argentine struggled to adapt to England football and ultimately left the club the following season after making just 27 appearances.

4. Memphis Depay

Signed from PSV Eindhoven for £25 million, big things were expected of Memphis upon his arrival at Old Trafford, but the Dutchman failed to deliver and live up to the expectation of his predecessors who wore the Number 7 shirt.

Having scored just twice in 33 appearances, United was forced to sell him out to Lyon for just £15million.

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3. Radamel Falco

Desperately in need of reinforcement up front, Manchester United signed Radamel Falco from Atletico Madrid in the Summer of 2014 on loan for just £6 million, however with an option for a permanent move worth €55 million.

Having torn apart the League 1 and La Liga with Monaco and Atletico Madrid respectively, expectations were certainly high for the striker.

However, it is fair to say that the striker failed to adapt to the league after he scored just four times in 25 appearances.

He was later loaned out to Chelsea the following summer before returning to his parent club, Atletico Madrid.

2. Alexis Sanchez

Having torn apart the Premier League with Arsenal, Manchester United bought Sanchez to Old Trafford on a swap deal.

However, it is fair to consider his transfer to United is considered as one of the worst swap deals in Premier League history.

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With two league goals in 18 months, United got rid of the forward on loan at Inter Milan, before he secured a permanent move there in 2020.

1. Paul Pogba

After leaving United on a free transfer in 2012, Pogba developed to be arguably one of the best midfielders in the world.

Fast-forward to 2016, United brought him back for a record fee of £89 million in the hopes that the Frenchman will bring back the glory days at Old Trafford.

Though he sometimes showed his abilities on the pitch, he was widely inconsistent and as of his recent, became prone to injuries.

Nevertheless, after 6 years at the club, he is set to leave on another free transfer.


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