Wednesday 22 November 2017

13 of Manchester United's worst signings

Mark Ogden

With Anderson and Wilfried Zaha finally leaving, Mark Ogden looks at Man United's most catastrophic buys.

Massimo Taibi

A £4.5m signing from Venezia in 1999, the Italian goalkeeper made just four appearances, conceding eleven goals in the process, including a Matt Le Tissier striker which bobbled through his legs. Offloaded to Reggina in January 2000.

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Eric Djemba-Djemba

The joke around Old Trafford was that Djemba-Djemba was so bad, they named him twice. Signed for £3.5m from Nantes in 2003, the ‘new Roy Keane’ made 39 appearances before moving to Aston Villa in 2005.

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Zoran Tosic

Billed as a prodigiously talented winger, the £9m signing from Partizan Belgrade in Jan 2009 made five substitute appearances before sold to CSKA Moscow, via a loan at Cologne, in June 2010.

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Wilfried Zaha

Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing as United manager, beating off Arsenal to seal a £12m deal in January 2013, but Zaha now back on loan at Crystal Palace, with no future at Old Trafford, after just four senior appearances.

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Bebe

A £7.4m signing from Guimaraes in the summer of 2010, the previously homeless Portuguese winger was an unknown in Portugal when United swooped. Made just seven, largely terrible, appearances for the first-team before a series of loan moves. Sold to Benfica last summer, but now on loan at Cordoba.

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Anderson

A £26m signing from Porto in May 2007, Anderson scored a penalty in the 2008 Champions League final shoot-out against Chelsea. Subsequently failed to justify his fee or reach potential, prompting United to offload to Internacional on a free transfer.

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Kleberson

A World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002, but the midfielder proved too lightweight for English football and made just 30 appearances following a £6.5m move from Atletico Paranaense. Sold to Besiktas for £2m after two years at Old Trafford.

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Garry Birtles

A £1.25m signing from Nottingham Forest in 1980, the previously-prolific centre-forward scored just once in his first 32 games for United and had to wait ten months for his first league goal. Sold back to Forest in summer of 1982 after scoring 12 goals in 64 appearances.

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Ralph Milne

Plucked from Third Division Bristol City for £150,000 in November 1988, the inconsistent Scottish winger epitomised the struggles of Sir Alex Ferguson’s early days at United. Failed to make an appearance in final 18 months at Old Trafford before moving to Chinese club Sing Tao in 1991.

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Mark Bosnich

Australian goalkeeper signed on a free transfer from Aston Villa to replace Peter Schmeichel in 1999, made just 23 appearances -- including a man of the match display in Inter-Continental Trophy win against Palmeiras -- before being replaced by Fabien Barthez.

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Juan Sebastian Veron

A £28.1m buy from Lazio in the summer of 2001, the Argentine midfielder was hugely talented, but simply failed to adjust to the pace of the Premier League. Scored 11 goals in 82 games before being sold to Chelsea for £15m two years later.

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Owen Hargreaves

A £17m signing from Bayern Munich in May 2007, Hargreaves arrived with a growing reputation as one of the world’s best defensive midfielders, but succession of injuries restricted him to just 39 appearances in four years before free transfer move to Manchester City.

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Dimitar Berbatov

Rejected Manchester City to complete a £30.75m move to United from Spurs in Sept 2008, but the Bulgarian forward struggled to impose himself on the team. Hat-trick against Liverpool and five goals in a game against Blackburn were highlights, however.

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