Three reasons Leeds are unlikely to sign more ex-Manchester United players

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Leeds United have brought in a number of ex-Manchester United players in recent times, but their lack of success means the Whites could now look elsewhere.

It is fair to say Leeds United have not had much success when it comes to signing ex-Manchester United players.

Signing them was not the problem, but getting the best out of them has been another matter entirely.

With the Championship loan window closing this week, it is no surprise that two of the men tipped to leave Elland Road are ex-United players who have flattered to deceive since signing for Leeds.

Scott Wootton

When Leeds signed Scott Wootton from United in the summer of 2013 it appeared to be a very good deal despite the reported £1million outlay.

The defender was highly-rated at Old Trafford and his ability to play both at centre-back and full-back meant he was a canny addition to the Championship side…or so it seemed.

Since arriving at Leeds, the now-23-year-old has made just 27 senior appearances and was branded by some as one of the worst players ever to pull on the shirt following a poor showing against Watford last season.

Nicky Ajose

Nicky Ajose started the season as a first-choice player for Leeds, but that was under Dave Hockaday and a lot has changed since then.

Ajose failed to score in his first four games and has not been seen in the senior side since, with his move from Peterborough looking like a big mistake.

Danny Pugh

Former United defender Danny Pugh has quite the history with Leeds and did wrack up a considerable amount of appearances with the club, but his time there was not always successful.

He featured only five times in his last six months at Elland Road before returning on loan and spending a brief second spell as a permanent player before heading first to Sheffield Wednesday and then Coventry City.

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