Manchester United seem to have a direction in the transfer market these days, but there was a time when half of the decisions they made confused viewers.
Manchester United are one of the most adored football clubs in the world. They are also one of the richest countries in the world. Although Old Trafford has constantly hosted some of the best footballers on the planet, they have also made some terrible decisions in the transfer market.
In the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, Manchester United saw three managers come and go before they landed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. At the time, different managers were creeping into different players to best execute their philosophies, and most of these signatures and other transfer decisions didn’t go in favor of the Red Devils.
In that sense, let’s look at the worst transfer mistakes committed by Manchester United.
# 5 Lots of signings under Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal wants his side to play what he calls ‘total football’. What we understand from watching Manchester United is that his teams are holding on to the ball a lot and trying to advance it, even though most of the passes are just horizontal.
To help implement its philosophy at Manchester United, the club has signed players like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Radamel Falcao. Schweinsteiger has come a long way since his premiere, and Schneiderlin never made it to Old Trafford before being sold to Everton in the second season.
Radamel Falcao was a shadow of his former self and never even came close to fertility, scoring four goals during his stay in Manchester. United lost a lot of money for very little profit in this scenario and all three players were relocated fairly quickly.
# 4 Manchester United sells Wilfried Zaha and Memphis Depay
To be fair, neither Wilfried Zaha nor Memphis Depay were world winners when Manchester United decided to end their association with them. Zaha struggled to break through to the senior side as Memphis Depay let out too much nonsense before performing brilliantly on an unusual day.
Zaha was sold to Crystal Palace and became their best player. Memphis Depay moved to Olympique Lyon and is currently one of the best strikers in Ligue 1. Both players have really improved their game in recent seasons.
Zaha and Depay would fit in well with Solskjaer’s team and could help Manchester United save a lot of money. Also, Zaha was sold Crystal Palace for a fee of £ 3 million which climbed to £ 6 million. Could you really blame Ivory if he celebrates extravagantly when he scores against Manchester United?