Top 10 Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United flops

Juan Sebastián Verón

Manchester United have had their fair share of excellent signings under Fergie, but some shockers as well. Here we countdown ten of the best of the worst.

When you are a manager as long as Sir Alex Ferguson has been at Manchester United do not get me wrong; you are going to make a few mistakes here and there.

But with the dust settling on his retirement announcement we thought we would bring you a list of his biggest flops.

Who have we missed out?

David Bellion

Sunderland were the club that actually brought Bellion to our shores; but attracted by his Olympic sprint pace Manchester United snapped him up in 2003 on a compensation package worth around £2 million.

However; for all of his pace he was hardly proficient in front of goal and after a nasty leg-break his first-team opportunities completely diminished.

Diego Forlan

Signed from under the noses of Middlesbrough for £6.9 million the Uruguayan was considered one of South America’s top talents.

However it took him eight months to score his first goal for the club and despite some crucial goals and hilarious wardrobe malfunctioning celebrations he was shipped out to Villarreal.

He then went on to become one of Europe’s most potent strikers and was player of the tournament at the World Cup in 2010.

Eric Djemba-Djemba

Signed as an eventual replacement for Roy Keane it never quite worked out for the £3.5 million signing and he was soon moved on to Aston Villa where he also failed to make an impact.

Nowadays you can find him plying his trade in Israel.

Gabriel Obertan

The French winger cost £3 million in 2009 but just two years later he was moved on for the same fee and is still struggling to make a Premier League impact now at Newcastle United.

Jordi Cruyff

With this surname things were always going to be tough; and after a fairly promising start to his career with Barcelona hope was high for the son of the Dutch legend.

He had plenty of skill but not enough fight for the Premier League and barely made an impact.

He had a journeyman’s career thereafter playing in Spain, Ukraine and Malta whilst coaching in the latter, Cyprus and Israel.

Juan Sebastian Veron

The Argentine cost a whopping £28.1 million in 2001 but he never truly adapted to Premier League football.

Eventually moved on to Chelsea he found his best success when returning to his beloved Estudiantes.


After a magnificent 2002 World Cup this Brazilian midfielder was wanted by every club around the world. In 2003 he was signed on the same day as Cristiano Ronaldo and the pair went on to have varying success.

His two years at Old Trafford were an undoubted failure with persistent shoulder troubles his main concern. He did recover his best form to play in the 2010 World Cup and is now playing in the MLS.

Liam Miller

Another considered the natural successor to Roy Keane the young Irishman never had an impact in Manchester.

He ended up playing under Keane at Sunderland but is now a free agent after rejecting a new deal at A-League outfit Perth Glory.

Massimo Taibi

Before Robin Van Persie this fella was United’s previously most expensive 29-year-old signing.

I only have to say three words to make you remember why he was such a flop; Matt Le Tissier.

William Prunier

After a dismal performance against Tottenham in just his second appearance back in 1996 the Frenchman never played for United again. He spent the rest of his career jumping from country to country with Denmark, Italy, Scotland and Qatar all on his CV.

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