Hardly anyone will argue with the fact that Manchester United very often intrigue with their signings. Every year, there is a new surprise or an unexpected signing. This became especially noticeable in the period after the departure of Sir Alex Fergusog, when the focus shifted from academy graduates in favor of high-profile and expensive signings.
The main misfortune of the club lies either in haste, or in the absence of clear plans. As a result, at Old Trafford it is not uncommon for a player to be completely inappropriate.
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We’ll start this list with a player who, surprisingly, still plays for United.
Ahead of the 2015/16 season, the Devils desperately needed a striker. Robin van Persie left, followed by Radamel Falcao. They talked about Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski, but Manchester United could not pull them.
In the first season, however, no one complained. Martial was good and even deserved the Golden Boy prize. But in recent years, the attitude towards him has changed: many do not like how unstable he is, and how he can disappear at important moments.
The Colombian signed a one-year lease with a 43 million buyback option. At that time, he was considered one of the strongest attackers on the planet.
But it was as if someone else had arrived in Manchester. Still recovering from injury, the Colombian played extremely poorly, scoring just four goals in 29 games. The next year he played for Chelsea – with about the same success.
By the way, about unexpected signings – no one predicted Michael Owen’s transition. He was Liverpool’s hero after all, and it was difficult to imagine him wearing the shirt of his once worst enemy. Still, this transfer happened in the summer of 2009.
The Englishman was supposed to help replace Carlos Tevez, who himself went to the camp of the enemy City.
Manchester United fans did not know what to think about such a deal, although soon they were already inventing chants about their new favorite, which allowed them to beat City in extra time.
As much as he wanted to, Owen was not the striker that Real had once signed. In 52 matches, he managed to score 17 goals, having spent three years at the club.
When Sanchez joined United in January 2018, everyone talked about the incredible success. It’s worth a lot to buy such a player!
By that time, the Chilean was considered one of the best in the Premier League, and Manchester City tried to buy him most actively. But at some point, the “devils” were more agile, as a result of which the star of “Arsenal” flew past the team of Pep Guardiola. His motivation was easily explained by a salary of 400 thousand pounds a week.
Now we can confidently say that the deal was not worth it: the Chilean played awfully and scored only 5 goals in 45 games.