Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired all the way back in 2013, four different managers have brought 27 players into the club. Some have been good; some have been mediocre, and some have been downright abysmal (looking at you Alexis Sanchez). Whilst the recruitment has left little to be desired, here are the best of a bad bunch:
On a free from PSG, he cost us f**king zero. When Zlatan announced he would be signing for United at the end of his contract with the Parisians, fans started salivating at the prospect of him tearing up the Premier League. We might not have won the league, but Zlatan scored 27 goals that season, including the winner in the league cup final and a hattrick against St Etienne on our way to Europa League glory. Unfortunately, Ibra was side-lined with an injury which effectively ended his United career and despite signing an extension and taking the number 10 shirt to accommodate Lukaku having the 9, he left to join LA Galaxy where he has been tearing it up in true Zlatan style. Fancy coming back in January Ibra?
The enigma – Paul Pogba. Some people wouldn’t have Pogba on this list of best transfers (Graeme Souness for starters) and yes, he might cut a frustrating figure and yes, he might want to leave for Real Madrid and yes, we might have spent £90million on a former player but there is absolutely no doubting Pogba’s importance to this United side. Last season, Pogba registered top for United in; goals, assists, shots on target, take-ons, chances created, possession won, fouls won, and duels won. A very damning indication of the over-reliance we place on him. He’s been used as the scapegoat for this poor United side and is frequently the subject of debate in the media, but on his day, there are few better midfielders in world football.
This one was really up for debate. On one hand, Herrera was our most consistent and arguably most important midfielder. On the other hand, I’m really bitter that he left on a free to PSG because we wouldn’t pay him what he wanted. However, all that aside, it seemed like Herrera fully understood what it meant to play for Manchester United, every time he walked on to the pitch, he gave 110% and you could tell the passion he had when it came to playing for us and his man-marking masterclass against Eden Hazard will live long as the benchmark for anyone else looking to get Hazard into their pocket. It is a real shame that he no longer plays his football in a red shirt, but we’ll always have the memories.