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Thursday 21 November 2019

From Dong Fangzhou to Nemanja Vidic – 10 Man United January signings

Nemanja Vidic (2006)
A £7m signing from Spartak Moscow, Vidic endured a difficult first six months at United before becoming one of the best defenders in the club’s history. Formed a formidable partnership with Rio Ferdinand and captained the club to Premier League glory before leaving for Inter Milan last summer.
Nemanja Vidic (2006) A £7m signing from Spartak Moscow, Vidic endured a difficult first six months at United before becoming one of the best defenders in the club’s history. Formed a formidable partnership with Rio Ferdinand and captained the club to Premier League glory before leaving for Inter Milan last summer.
Patrice Evra (2006) Arrived from Monaco for £5.5m and had a memorably bad debut against Manchester City before establishing himself as the club’s left-back for the next eight years. A huge figure in the United squad during his time at the club, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League before leaving for Juventus last summer.
Louis Saha (2004) A £12.4m signing from Fulham, Saha’s time at Old Trafford was marred by injuries which often curtailed any progress he was making. Scored 42 goals in three-and-a-half years at United, but failed to establish himself as a regular first-choice in that time.
Juan Mata (2014) At the time, a club record £37.1m signing from Chelsea, Mata arrived at United in a helicopter, but his career at Old Trafford is still waiting to take off after 12 months. Impressive return of 11 goals in 35 appearances to date, but the Spaniard has struggled to make an impact against top quality opposition.
Zoran Tosic (2009) A big-money signing from Partizan Belgrade, the Serbian winger proved to be a huge flop at Old Trafford. Too slow and lightweight to make an impact, Tosic was loaned to Cologne before being sold to CSKA Moscow after just five substitute appearances.
Anders Lindegaard (2011) A £3.5m signing from Aalesund, Lindegaard has made 29 appearances for United in four years. Initially challenged David de Gea for the first-team jersey, but has been overlooked by Louis van Gaal is likely to leave this month
Manucho (2008) Pictured here when playing on loan for Hull, the Angolan forward was recommended to Sir Alex Ferguson by assistant manager Carlos Queiroz. He made a sum total of three substitute appearance for United and was loaned to Panathinaikos as well as Hull before being sold to Valladolid in 2009.
Victor Valdes (2015) Handed an 18 month contract earlier this month as cover for David de Gea. Yet to make his debut, but experience of playing for Barcelona convinced Louis van Gaal to sign Valdes as more reliable back-up than Anders Lindegaard.
Ritchie de Laet (2009) Signed from Stoke City, after no appearances for the Potteries outfit, the Belgian defender was little more than a reserve team player for United. Made four senior starts in total before being sold to Leicester City in 2012.
Dong Fangzhuo (2004) Signed from Dalian Shide for an initial £500,000, the Chinese forward was inevitably billed as Asia’s first superstar. Ultimately sold more shirts than he scored goals – one in a pre-season friendly in Cape Town – and was sent back to China, via Royal Antwerp, four years later after just one senior appearance.

Manchester United have had mixed results in the January transfer market. Here are ten players to have joined the Old Trafford club with varying degrees of success.

 

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