Paul Pogba And Nine Manchester United Biggest Flops in The Last Decades

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Manchester United have spent over £1 billion since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2012.

The recruitment department lacks a negotiation strategy and has earned them some horrible players who cost them huge amount of money.

Over the years, the club has given out a lot of wages to average players who were overhyped by the media.

Even managers complained they were not being backed enough due to the poor performances of the players Ed Woodward (the former Manchester United CEO) signed over the years.

These are the Manchester United flops over the last decade.

1. Paul Pogba

The French midfielder joined Manchester United in the 2015/16 season for a fee of £89 million. It was a world-record-breaking fee then.

Although he could not live up to expectations while he was at the club, it started with the blacklash he received from the fans, coupled with Jose Mourinho calling him Virus in the dressing room.

He played 233 matches, scoring just 39 goals in all competitions. Pogba won the Carabao Cup, the Europa League, and the Community Sheld in his first season at the club.

The major reason why Paul Pogba left Manchester United was because of consistent booing from the fans and a rejection of a new wage offer because it was not enough.

Currently, Pogba is battling with a minor injury that has taken him out of matches for his new club. He has also been suspended for failing a dope test.

It was revealed recently that he is looking forward to retiring.

2. Harry Maguire

During the crisis days at the Manchester United defense, the Premier League giant went for the English defender with the hope his physique and aerial abilities would bring Manchester United back to glory days.

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After moving to the club, his level of defense decreased. He committed more errors, leading to a goal coupled with a lack of leadership at the back.

He was a regular starter under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer but failed to make a positive impact under Erik Ten Hag. The manager wanted him out on countless bases, but he was able to escape the axe.

However, he won the Carabao Cup with Manchester United. He scored seven goals in 176 appearances.

3. Romelu Lukaku

When Zlatan Ibrahimovich suffered injuries in the 2015/16 season, Manchester United went to the market to get another striker to replace the Swedish in the 2016–17 season.

They spent a whopping £75 million to get him away from Everton. His first two matches for Manchester United were exceptional, where he scored goals.

However, after Jose Mourihno was sacked by Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was not really feeling the Belgian giant. He was put on the bench and was referred to as overweight.

During his tenure at Manchester United, he scored 42 goals in 96 matches.

4. Angel Di Maria

The Argentine joined Manchester United on August 26, 2014, after he left Real Madrid for a fee of £60 million to join the Louis Van Gaal team.

His tenure at Manchester United was a miserable one due to the fact that he could not perform up to expectations.

His first match for Manchester United against Burnley on August 30, 2014, was extremely poor due to the fact that Burnley fans called him a “waste of money.”

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He was also red-carded in a match against Arsenal, where the Gunners defeated Manchester United in the FA Cup on March 9, 2015.

He scored four goals in 32 appearances for the Red Devils.

5. Anthony Martial

The former Monaco striker showed a promising start to his Manchester United career after he was signed for £45 million, with his former club putting a Ballon d’Or clause on it.

On September 14, 2015, the striker went past a Liverpool defender to score in his debut in the Premier League. Many thought they already had their own world-class player.

Due to his consistent injuries over the years, the striker played 301 matches, scoring 88 goals in all competitions.

Manchester United were looking forward to offloading him last season, but it was made impossible because no football club showed interest in signing him.

6. Donny Van de Beek

The former Ajax midfielder was one of the most promising players in Europe. He was nominated for the Ballon d’Or after Ajax reached the Champions League semi-finals in the 2018–19 season.

However, since he joined Manchester United from Ajax for a fee of £35 million, he has failed to live up to the expectation.

Out of 60 appearances for Manchester United, Donny Van De Beek had only scored two goals for the club.

Erik Ten Hag wants to offload the player in a bid to bring in more signings for the midfielder. No team during the transfer window wanted to take him permanently.

7. Alexis Sanchez

He was used as a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a Manchester United-Arsenal deal.

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The former Arsenal winger didn’t win a single trophy at Red Devils, playing 45 matches and scoring five goals.

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He is famous for providing two assists against Manchester City on April 7, 2018 to stop the Citizen from being declared Premier League Champions that day.

8. Memphis Depay

The former PSV midfielder played an important role in helping his team win the Dutch League title.

After that impressive season of scoring 25 goals in the Dutch League, the Red Devils fell for the temptation of paying £25 million to acquire his service.

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He was brought in to replace Angel Di Maria and was given the number 7 shirt. Depay was heavily criticized by Red Devil fans, who called him a flop.

During his time with 13 Times Premier League Champions, he scored seven goals in 53 appearances in all competitions.

9. Morgan Schneiderlin

The former Everton player was signed on deadline day to play as a defensive midfielder under Louis Van Gaal. Manchester United paid £24 million to bring him to Manchester.

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He played a few and scored just one goal.

10. Radamel Falcao

A beast at FC Porto under Villas Boas and a powerful striker at Atletico Madrid, was loan from Monaco to the Premier League giant.

Manchester United paid £6 million to bring the player to Old Trafford. However, he failed to replicate his old self, and he was booed countlessly by Red Devils fans.

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Out of 29 matches played, he scored only four goals for Red Devils.

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