Are these Manchester United’s three worst ever transfers?

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We take a look at some of Manchester United's worst ever pieces of transfer business.

With another transfer window open, Manchester United fans will be hoping their club sign some much-needed defensive reinforcements, along with that world-class box-to-box midfielder they require.

But while the likes of Mats Hummels and Kevin Strootman are now said to be on United’s shopping list, and last summer saw Ander Herrera, Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria among those to arrive, Old Trafford has not always seen successes in the transfer market.

Here we take a look at some of United’s worst transfer dealings:

Massimo Taibi

United have had some great goalkeepers down the years, but it is fair to say Massimo Taibi was not one of them.

The Italian stopper signed for United for a reported £4.5million (yes, really!) but he would go on to feature just four times.

He is famous for a howler against Southampton that gifted the Saints a goal in a 3-3 draw while he also had a match to forget when United lost 5-0 to Chelsea.

Eric Djemba-Djemba

So good they named him twice. Well, not exactly.

United signed Eric Djemba-Djemba from French side Nantes for £3.5million, with the player earning a reported £75,000-a-week. However, he flattered to deceive, making only 35 appearances for the club.

He scored one goal and provided two assists in that time, making this list just ahead of Kleberson, who arrived the same summer.


When United paid a reported £7.4million for Bebe, eyebrows were raised across the world.

Who was this player Sir Alex Ferguson had sanctioned a move for? After all, despite Real Madrid’s alleged interest he had barely featured on any football fan’s radar up until then.

Some believed Ferguson had pulled off another coup, signing a future star before anyone else had the chance to act. But when Bebe actually played for United – which was rarely – the truth was revealed.

The Portuguese player was simply not cut out for United – certainly not so early in his career – and he would ultimately make just seven senior appearances before a successful loan spell at Pacos de Ferreira led to a permanent move to Benfica last summer.

Things were looking up, but since that move Bebe has played for just 25 minutes in the Primeira Liga this season.

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