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Players who should have never joined Manchester United

Thursday 27th July 2017
When a Premier League heavyweight like Manchester United come enquiring about a player's services, it has been said that it is very difficult to say no on the whole. Money, trophies, glory or even just the bragging rights have been cited as reasons for a number of players that have joined the Red Devils in the past - but should they have bothered?

Robin Van Persie

In one of the most mercenary transfer moves of the 21st century, Robin Van Persie left Arsenal in 2012 just as the Gunners looked as though they could mount a title challenge in favour of working with long time admirer, Sir Alex Ferguson.

A relatively cheap fee was agreed for the often injured Dutchman and RVP was Manchester bound. His performances were utterly electrifying all season long and he picked up the Premier League title, the Premier League Golden Boot and numerous other awards before Sir Alex announced his intention to retire.
This completely scuppered RVP's United career and he began a steady decline into mediocrity before leaving for Fenerbahce where he has won a grand total of naff all.

Nick Powell

Remember him? The young lad who smashed home a belter for Crewe in the 2012 League Two Play-Off Final before securing his dream move to Manchester United now finds himself at Wigan Athletic having made just nine appearances, in total, for the Red Devils.

He might've scored for United but he'd have been far better off staying with the Crewe side he worked so hard to help achieve promotion to League One.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

One of the most decorated players of all time found himself abandoned in the reserves for most of his stay in Manchester. Perhaps it is unfair to say that Schweinsteiger shouldn't have joined United, he should've joined some four years earlier instead.

Wilfried Zaha

A sad tale of a wasted year as far as Wilfried Zaha is concerned, as the Ivorian played one competitive game for United before being loaned to Cardiff City in the January. Back to Crystal Palace and Zaha looks to be back to his normal self - a few tricks, a dive here and there and the fewest expressions a player's face has ever displayed.

Michael Owen

When you started your career at Liverpool, it isn't the best idea to join Manchester United at any point in your career. Owen didn't receive the warmest of welcomes to United and was a shadow of his former self - one meaningful moment in the thrilling 4-3 Manchester Derby and Owen was left without a contract as another of Sir Alex's gambles failed to really pay off.


This doesn't even need explaining, he shouldn't have ever been given the chance to join United never mind sign the deal - as useless as he was mysterious, Bebe was not United quality.

Alan Smith

Much the same as the Michael Owen point, players from Leeds United are rarely welcomed at Old Trafford but a lot was expected of Alan Smith when he arrived at Old Trafford in 2004. Sadly, Smith's chances of a first team starting place were hampered by the existing presence of Ruud Van Nistelrooy and the arrival of Scouse wonder-kid: Wayne Rooney.

If this wasn't bad enough, a double leg break courtesy of John Arne Riise really summed up Smith's time in Manchester - fractured and disappointing.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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