In recent years, United have been criticized by everyone, from analysts to the fans themselves. Bad game, bad results and unsuccessful purchases – there were many mistakes, and in many respects it was Ed Woodward, the club’s chief executive, who was to blame. But his time at Manchester United is coming to an end, and it’s time to take a look at which players are behind the £146m loss.
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Angel Di Maria
When United bought the Argentine midfielder, he cost him a league-record £59.7m.
Di Maria started to play well, but rather quickly he quarreled with coach Louis van Gaal, and his form began to fall. As a result, a year later he was allowed to leave the club and join PSG for 44.3 million pounds.
Showing good form at Southampton, Morgan Schneiderlin attracted the attention of many clubs, but it was United who paid 25 million for him in 2015. But, like many others, he never regained his former condition at Old Trafford. José Mourinho never appreciated his player and rarely put him on the game.
When Manchester United sold the Frenchman to Everton in 2017, he returned almost all the money – 22 million.
Depay was considered the future star of Dutch and world football. In 2015, he moved to United for £31m, but few understood what all this money was for, because the striker scored only seven goals in 53 games. Lyon paid £21.7m for him in January 2017 and he is now a Barcelona player.
In the summer of 2015, Bastian Schweinsteiger was preparing to retire, but when United offered £14.4m for him, the midfielder realized there was still a chance to win something in the new league. “When the name Schweinsteiger appears on the list for the game, the opponent will have goosebumps,” Woodward promised in 2015.
It turned out not quite like that: the famous German most often did not play at all, becoming another outcast in the team of the Portuguese coach. In the end, he achieved the status of the main one, but not for long, and in March 2017 he moved to the Chicago Fire from the MLS.
In 2013, United tried unsuccessfully to sign Thiago and Cesc Fàbregas, but ended up having to settle for £27m Marouane Fellaini from Everton on the very last day of the transfer window.
Despite the ambivalence of the fans towards him, the Belgian consistently started at the base in the teams of van Gaal and Mourinho, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not favor him, as a result of which the odious midfielder was sold to the Chinese side Shandong Taishan for 10.4 million pounds. He still plays there.
Matteo Darmian joined United for £12.7m in 2015. The club hoped that he would become the new Gary Neville. But in fact, the defender never became the main one for all four years at the club, and in 2019 he was sold to Parma for one and a half million pounds.