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FLOPS: Three Man United Star Footballers That Have Struggled To Make The Grade at Old Trafford

So it seems that the Alexis Sanchez saga may be finally coming to a close in the summer, with the Chilean again failing to impress against Huddersfield Town.

So it seems that the Alexis Sanchez saga may be finally coming to a close in the summer, with the Chilean again failing to impress against Huddersfield Town.

It’s a real head scratcher as to why Sanchez hasn’t made the grade at United, at Barcelona, he was immense and was a lynchpin in Pep Guardiola’s team. After he switched to Arsenal, he impressed once again, however near the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign he started to show glimpses of what we see now at Old Trafford.

Since joining United in a piano playing video, its sadly been the most creative the Red Devils have seen him. Having seen him hit the back of the net only five times in his 44 appearances for the Red Devils, comparing that to his 47 goals in 144 games at Barca, or 80 goals in 166 games at Arsenal. It really does baffle most fans and pundits alike as to what is the problem.

Coming with such a big reputation, Sanchez wouldn’t be the first player to enter the Old Trafford doors and simply not perform as expected, we look at three players that have ‘Sanchezed’ at Man United…

Juan Sebastian Veron

The Argentine midfielder joined United in 2001 for a then English transfer record 24.3m. After his time at Lazio, United fans were expecting a completely different Veron to the one they saw on the pitch over his time there.

He excelled in the slower paced Champions League but seemed to struggle in the fast-paced English game. Me personally, I loved Veron and wanted him to succeed but many factors played a part as to why United offloaded him to Chelsea for 15m two seasons later.

Wilfried Zaha

The Crystal Palace man was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing and one that made a lot of United fans excited. Finally, a winger with tricks and pace in his locker, to light up the Old Trafford stands.

He made his 10m move in the winter window of 2013 and was immediately loaned back to Palace, never having the opportunity to work under Fergie – which lives many wondering what if.

He never really got the chance under David Moyes and was loaned out to Cardiff in 2014. Eventually heading back to Palace, first on loan and then making it permanent.

Angel Di Maria

Louis Van Gaal brought in the Argentine winger from Real Madrid for a then-record fee of 59.7m. Hysteria duly followed given what he had done at Los Blancos, however, LVG’s structure and strict style contrasted Di Maria’s creativity and free roaming.

Di Maria ended up warming the bench for large parts of the only campaign at Old Trafford and ended up at PSG the following summer. His one and only season was less than memorable and a single highlight goal against Leicester is the only decent thing United fans want to remember.

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