Break ups are hard. It’s a universal truth that ending a relationship is in most cases a very difficult thing to do. The same can be said for watching a footballer leave the club you support and go on to join another team. A similar feeling to watching your ex-girlfriend walk into the bar with her new boyfriend. So which players was it a mistake for United to let go and is it time to send them an “I miss you” text at 4am?
Sir Alex’s last transfer at United, Wilfried Zaha was a promising acquisition for the Reds but things just didn’t work out. Zaha ended up joining Cardiff on loan in January 2014 when new boss at the time David Moyes deemed him surplus to requirement. After Moyes’ sacking, Louis van Gaal shipped the winger back to Crystal Palace on an initial loan that was made permanent. Zaha has since gone on to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s top wingers, and a player that this current United side could really do with.
When Louis van Gaal sold the Brazilian back in 2015, most fans wouldn’t have lost much sleep, but he makes this list because of what happened after he joined Lyon. United spent 4 years without a specialist right back and we had to endure a multitude of players shoehorned into the position, some of whom were just downright disastrous *cough* Ashley Young *cough*. Thankfully, United signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer, and the young right back has been a revelation so far this season.
Mr Versatile. The Dutchman was brought in by Louis van Gaal and immediately there were signs of promise. Blind played in a variety of positions during his tenure and never seemed to complain once, always putting a shift in and trying his best. He was sold back to Ajax by Jose Mourinho, and went on to enjoy a stellar 18/19 season, helping Ajax win the Eredivisie title and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. Chances are Blind doesn’t regret the move, whereas United would definitely benefit from having Daley back.
Okay so technically, Herrera wasn’t sold but the point here is that United should have never let him leave the club. The Spaniard was integral to the United midfield and was essential to allowing Pogba the freedom to roam forward and really be a danger to the opposition. He was loved by the entire fan base and was all touted as being a potential United captain. Herrera leaving and not being replaced has really left United short in midfield, something that has caused issues on multiple occasions so far this season.
This one might seem like a bit of a cop out because Pogba plays for the club again, however he should have never been sold in the first place. Granted, leaving for Juventus helped the Frenchman’s development and turned him into one of the hottest prospects in world football, however the fact that we had to pay a then world record £89million to bring him back home is often the stick that is used to beat him. Whether he’s playing well, or playing poorly, the media often quote the hefty price tag he came with just to add to the pressure that is already on Pogba’s shoulders. This wouldn’t have been the case if we simply held on to him initially, although there is an argument that maybe he wouldn’t have turned into the player he is now.