Since the shocking retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, its safe to say Manchester united have been on a free fall from the pinnacle of football. The club has greatly struggled to hit the heights it did during the reign of the Scottish manager despite making a plethora of changes. Four different managers have come and gone while more than 40+ players have been signed within the short space of seven years.
Having said that, Lets take a look at the top 5 best and worse signings of Manchester united since the retirement of the Legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
Top 5 worse signings
5) Paul Pogba
Club signed from: Juventus (2016)
Transfer fee: £89 million
While it'll be unfair to put Paul Pogba as one of the worse signings since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Frenchman hasn't exactly lit up Old trafford since his then world record move from Juventus in 2016.
While there has been the occasional display of his talent, it has been too few and far fetched for a man who was expected to be the Luka Modric or Kevin De bruyne of the club. I don't even what to talk about the numerous off field problems with his agent.
4) Radamel falcao
Club signed from: Monaco (2014)
Transfer fee: £6 million (loan)
Edinson Cavani is everything we thought Radamel Falcao will be for Manchester united.
While it is notable to remember that the forward was signed on expensive loan deal of £6 million from AS Monaco, the Colombian striker greatly struggled with the pace of the English Premier league and eventually turned out to be another flop post Alex Ferguson era. He departed the club after scoring just 4 goals in 29 appearances.
3) Memphis Depay
Club signed from: PSV Eindhoven (2014)
Transfer fee: £27 million
Memphis Depay arrived Old trafford with a lot of hype and expectations surrounding the then 20 year old who was seen as one of the most promising talents in the world.
Well, it didn't exactly work out for the Dutchman who found the premier league a difficult league to cope with. He was sold to Lyon in 2018 where he has eventually regained his best form.
2) Alexis Sanchez
Club signed from: Arsenal (2018)
Transfer fee: Swap deal
Whatever happened to Alexis Sanchez at Manchester united still remains a myth till date. The Chilean forward was one of the best attackers, if not the best attacker in the league before he joined the club in a swap deal involving Henrik Mhikitaryan in January 2018.
The forward was placed on a hefty salary then, but those at the club quickly realized that Sanchez wasn't the player he was once at Arsenal after his first few displays for the club. One of the biggest flop since Ferguson retired at United.
1) Angel DiMaria
Club signed from: Real Madrid (2014)
Transfer fee: £59 million
Manchester united thought they had signed their own Lionel Messi when they shelled out a record £59 million for Angel Di Maria after the 2014 world cup.
Well, After an explosive start to life at Old trafford, Dimaria turned out to be a very expensive flop who simply didn't have the stomach to withstand the pressure of English footballer. Di maria ran away to Paris Saint German after just one season.
Top 5 best signings
Club signed from: Shaktar Doneskt (2018)
Transfer fee: £50 million
Initially deemed as another flop after his first season at the club, Fred has turned around his career at Old trafford to become one of the most important players under Ole Gunner Solskjaer at Manchester united.
The Brazilian midfielder has become a consistent performer at the club and will surely continue being so for years to come.
4) Aaron Wan Bissaka
Club signed from: Crystal Palace
Transfer fee: £50 million
An expensive £50 million signing from Crystal Palace in 2019. Aaron Wan Bissaka has done well enough to replace long term rightback Antonio Valencia.
While his attacking defencies are there for all to see, his primary function as a defender is what have endeared him to fans of the club. Wan bissaka has proven to be one of united's best signings post Sir Alex Ferguson era.
3) Juan Mata
Club signed from: Chelsea (2014)
Transfer fee: £37 million
The only unique contribution David Moyes made to Manchester united during his disastrous 9 month spell at Old trafford was the signing of Juan Mata.
While, the Spanish midfielder has exactly constantly shown the kind of form he did at Chelsea, he has proven to be the club's longest serving player after the departure of Ferguson in 2013.
2) Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Club signed from: PSG (2016)
Transfer fee: Free
Signed on a free transfer after his contract at Paris Saint German expired, Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved to be a game changer for Manchester united when the club needed an imposing figure the most.
The then 36 year old had already netted 28 goals across all competitions before an untimely knee injury in an Europa league Quaterfinal tie meant fans never got to see Zlatan hit peak form at Old trafford again.
1) Bruno Fernandes
Club signed from: Sporting Lisbon(2020)
Transfer fee: £55 million
Bruno Fernandes has only been at united for less than a year, but has out performed alot of the club's signings put together.
The Portuguese midfielder has almost single handedly transformed Manchester united from a struggling top six side to genuine title contenders. Fernandes has scored over 25 goals for Manchester united just this year alone which is an outrageous tally for a player who primarily functions as a midfielder.
Undoubtedly the best signing since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester united
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