Manchester United flop signs at French third tier club 11 years after Red Devils switch

Sir Alex Ferguson

Former Manchester United striker David Bellion has signed a deal in France's third tier.

Manchester United fans will recall David Bellion, although not particularly fondly.

Through no real fault of his own, the pacy striker was hailed by Sir Alex Ferguson as 'a young player with great potential who will fit into the club's future plans very well' after signing in 2003.

He just simply was not up to the task of playing for the Red Devils.

When Ferguson retired and fans and pundits alike compiled their best and worst Fergie signings XIs, Bellion was a common name on the latter list.

He signed at a time when Ferguson's eye for a player was weak, the same summer he signed Eric Djemba-Djemba, Liam Miller and Kleberson.

He also signed Tim Howard, but landed up dropping him for Roy Carroll and selling the American. A solid career from the Everton star suggests this decision should be filed under the mistakes column.

Bellion meanwhile is now 31, and left United permanently in 2006 for French side Nice, after a loan spell at West Ham and failing to score into double figures for the Red Devils.

He has gone onto enjoy a solid if unspectacular career in Ligue 1, playing for Bordeaux and then returning back to Nice again in 2011.

His contract has just expired, and last night French newspaper L'Equipe reported he has dropped down a division to play for Paris based club Red Star FC - now in the third division of French football, as the club also announced the deal via their Twitter page.

Bellion is a player who if his career had panned out as he dreamed, at 31 should be at the World Cup right now with France.

Instead it appears barring a remarkable renaissance, he is taking the latest downward step in a career which will leave many wondering why Sir Alex Ferguson saw something special in him nobody else did.

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