Top 5 Players who failed at Manchester United
Football Players who failed at Manchester United? Here we look at the Top five Manchester United players who have failed badly. Which Manchester United players have failed at Manchester United?
We recently looked at worst Manchester United players this season, but now we want to have a look at players who have failed at Manchester United.
There have been some great players at Manchester United but also some failures too. Often, the failures that hurt the most are the ones that are expected to perform well. So here we look at the Top five players who failed at Manchester United in recent history. These players have been picked based on the level of expectation and hype around them when they joined but ultimately disappointed.
However, players like Bebe haven’t been included as he scored a few important goals for Manchester United in the Champions League. These are the Top five players who failed to make any impact at The Red Devils in the time they were there.
5 Players who failed at Manchester United
5. Memphis Depay
Memphis Depay was billed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo when he arrived at Manchester United. The Red Devils paid a whopping £25m to PSV Eindhoven for his services and he was given the famous number 7 shirt.
But the forward proved to be a stumbling block in United’s transition phase as he kept struggling from day one. Despite showing his brilliance for the Dutch team he even failed to make it to the starting lineup.
The burden of carrying the iconic number ‘7’ shirt perhaps could have been the main reason for his downfall. He managed to rack up just seven goals in 53 appearances and later United sold him to Lyon retaining a buyback clause in the contract.
The Brazilian midfielder could have been one of the success stories since his move to Manchester United. After shining for Porto United brought the talented midfielder in 2007 in a bid to add some much needed energy to the midfield.
But the Brazilian never looked convincing during his time at the Old Trafford and his United career got marred with persistent injury problems.
He found himself pretty uncomfortable in the English conditions and his bizarre food habits made his life miserable in England. Despite spending eight years at the club he failed to nail down a permanent spot at the club and later left to Brazil on a free transfer in 2015.
3. Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha’s success stories at Crystal Palace is known to everyone but his struggle at Manchester United might not be evident to a football lover.
After coming through the ranks at Palace Zaha sealed a move to United in 2013 as the Red Devils paid a £15m to acquire his service. But the forwards struggled to acclimatise to the Manchester condition which had an adverse effect on his game.
Also, his relationship with then manager David Moyes hit the rock bottom and as a result, e featured in just four games. He restored his pride with some fine football during his stint with Cardiff City and Palace and later he left the club permanently for Palace in 2015.
2. Juan Sebastian Veron
Juan Sebastian Veron joined Manchester United in 2001 from Lazio for a world record fee of £24.3m. The midfielder had every quality which was needed in a good midfielder.
But the Argentine looked clueless in the heart of the United midfield as he failed to read the pulse of the game. The rugged and rusty nature of the Premier League was possibly not suited for him and he eventually left the club for Chelsea a few years later.
Despite his bad patch of form, he lifted the Premier League title with United in 2003.
1. Owen Hargreaves
Manchester United paid a whopping £17m to Bayern Munich to acquire the service of Owen Hargreaves despite the player undergoing a rehabilitation process following a leg break.
He showed flashed of brilliance in his first season as United did the Premier League and Champions League double. But after that, his form declined and his injury problems made his life worst at the club.
He later joined Manchester City on a free transfer.
Manchester United Failures (2019)
The biggest failure at Manchester United Football Club in recent times might just be Fred. The midfielder was signed from AS Monaco in the summer of 2018 for a staggering fee of £52m.
However, he had to wait for a start and it eventually came under Jose Mourinho. But he looked a shadow of his past as a string of mistakes and lack of confidence saw him struggling badly to adapt to the English conditions.
He might be granted another chance in the upcoming season as United need to recoup maximum of the fee they paid Shakhtar Donetsk for his service.