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Alex Ferguson 5 biggest transfer flops as a Manchester United manager

Alex Ferguson is the greatest manager in the history of the Red Devils because of what he was able to achieve during his time as coach of the club.

The Scottish manager won a lot of trophies both in England and on the continent. 


Meanwhile, the former Aberdeen coach was able to achieve this because he worked with some incredible players, some he signed them while others graduated from the academy. 

Although he was able to sign some talented players for the club, Ferguson made some signings that never justified why they were signed as a Manchester United player. 

In this article, we will highlight the five biggest transfer flops Alex Ferguson made during his time as the coach of the club. 

Djemba Djemba 

Eric Djemba Djemba signed for Manchester United from Nantes in 2003. Although, the Cameroonian midfielder is unknown to the English Press and the fans of the Premier League they hoped he would be the player to replace the aging, Roy Keane. 

Djemba Djemba made 20 league appearances without scoring a goal before leaving for Aston Villa in 2005. The highlight of his time at Old Trafford is the last-minute goal is scored against Leeds United to ensure the Red Devils secure a 3-2 victory and qualification to the next round of the League Cup.  

Juan Sebastian Veron

Sebastian Veron signed for Manchester United on July 12, 2001, from Lazio on a fee of around 28.1 million euros. His transfer at that time was the most expensive transfer in English football and the first non-UEFA player to break the English transfer record. 


The Argentine striker started well for the Red Devils scoring three times in his first four games for the club but struggled to cope with the intensity of the Premier League as the season progressed. 

During his two-year stay at the club, Veron made 51 league appearances and scored seven goals this return is low considering the amount he cost the time at that time. 


Bebe signed for Manchester United on August 11, 2010, just five weeks after he was signed as a Vitoria de Guimaraes player. According to reports in Portugal, the Red Devils paid his release clause of about 9 million euros to secure his signing. 

Alex Ferguson met Bebe for the first time the previous day before he was signed because his right-hand man and possible successor as at then, Carlos Queiroz had recommended his signing. 

In four years as a Manchester United player, Bebe made two Premier League appearances and was eventually sold to Benfica in 2014. 


Mateus Alberto Contreiras Goncaives also known as Manucho signed for Manchester United in January 2008 after a successful trial where he was able to convince Alex Ferguson of his quality. 

However, he had to spend the rest of the season on loan at Panathinaikos because the club was unable to secure a work permit for him to play in England. 

Manucho made just one Premier League appearance for Manchester United before he was sold to Valladolid in 2009. 


Jose Kleberson Pereira signed for Manchester United on August 12, 2003, after impressing at the 2002 FIFA U-17 World Cup which Brazil won beating Germany in the final. 

After his performance at the tournament, the likes of Barcelona, Leeds United, Newcastle United, and Celtic justle for his signature but he decided to stay in Brazil and not sign for Leeds United United because of his girlfriend. 

Kleberson was seen as a replacement to Sebastian Veron when he signed for United but was injured in his second game for the club.

The Brazilian midfielder made 20 league appearances, scored two goals (against Balckburn Rovers and Everton) before departing to join Besiktas in 2005. 


Which of the transfers do you think is the worst?

By - Adewale Adeyemi 

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