Remember Eric Djemba-Djemba, the player so good they named him twice?
Except he really was not. The Cameroonian international cost them £3.5 million a decade ago, a potential bargain which ended up being a rip-off.
Sir Alex Ferguson said at the time: "He's quick, aggressive and a good passer of the ball, and is the kind of athletic footballer we are looking for.
"In the last few months he has shown his development playing in a very good Cameroon team, and he looks like a Manchester United player in every sense."
It hardly panned out to be a success, unlike another certain Eric who donned the Manchester United shirt.
Djemba Djemba was sold to Aston Villa after two years where he barely made an impact, and proved anything but a potential successor to Roy Keane.
Indeed upon Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, he would become the first name on the teamsheet in several Fergie's worst XI's drawn up by pundits and fans alike.
So what of him nowadays?
Since leaving England- where Villa even loaned him out to Burnley, he has led a little of a nomadic existence from a footballing perspective, traveling from country to country in search of success, trading on his status as a former Manchester United player to earn new opportunities.
He spent a year playing in Qatar, before spending four seasons in Denmark in OB - somewhat re-establishing his career, while least season he played for Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Having just been released, he has this afternoon sealed a two-year contract with Serbian club Partizan Belgrade and will even be eligible to play in the upcoming Champions League qualifiers.
At the age of 32, Djemba-Djemba may just have something left in him to once again be part of a successful side trying to make an impact on the European stage. But he will surely always rue not being able to make more of himself at the opportunity he received at United.
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