Video: Nine Manchester United flops who subsequently succeeded elsewhere

 
 
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha

Manchester United have seen a number of players make big impressions following the end of their disappointing Old Trafford spells.

Manchester United have had some of the game's greatest ever players play for them down the years, but not all of their signings have shone at the Theatre of Dreams.

With that in mind, HITC Sport has taken a look back at nine players who endured underwhelming spells with the Reds Devils before succeeding following their departures...

Juan Sebastian Veron

After a difficult spell at Manchester United, Juan Sebastian Veron endured an even tougher time at Chelsea. His loan spells at Inter Milan however, reaped one league title and two Coppa Italias. He would also be named Argentine Player of the Year twice following his Old Trafford exit.

Tottenham's Eric Dier in action with Monaco's Radamel FalcaoRadamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao's disappointing loan spell at United suggested that a once-lethal striker was experiencing a rapid decline with just four goals coming in his season with the club. However, with Monaco, he has scored 30 times in 43 games this past season to help them win the Ligue 1 title.

Diego Forlan 

Diego Forlan may enjoy something like cult-hero status with Manchester United fans, but there is no question that barring a brace against Liverpool, his spell with the side provided few highlights. He left the club in 2004 having scored 17 in 98 games for the Red Devils. Across the following seven seasons, he would score 128 La Liga goals and would finish the 2010 World Cup as the tournament's top goalscorer, also contributing the goal of the competition.

Wilfried Zaha

One of Sir Alex Ferguson's last acts as manager was to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace. Unfortunately, it was David Moyes who was in the dugout by the time the winger started playing for United. The wide-man never settled at Old Trafford and was soon back at Palace, where he has looked to be one of the Premier League's best wingers this past season.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring their first goalCrystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha

Shinji Kagawa

Like Zaha, Shinji Kagawa returned to his former club after a fairly brief and underwhelming spell with United. He is now back playing at Borussia Dortmund and looks to be getting back to being the player United signed in the first place.

Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria started his spell with Manchester United extremely well, scoring a stunning goal in a defeat to Leicester. However, he failed to sustain the form and was allowed to join Paris Saint-Germain one year later. In his first season in France, he scored 10 league goals and contributed a staggering 18 assists. In fairness, he did contribute 10 Premier League assists in just 27 games for United.

Manchester United's Paul PogbaPaul Pogba

Paul Pogba

While United appear to have rectified their mistake of letting Paul Pogba go by bringing him back, they may never live down the fact that they spent £89 million on him four years after letting him join Juventus for nothing (via Sky Sports). He was a key part of the Old Lady side that won four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias and reached a Champions League final. 

Giuseppe Rossi

After just 14 appearances for United, Giuseppe Rossi was allowed to join Villarreal where he went on to score 82 goals in 192 games. Unfortunately, injuries have blighted his career since.

Gerard Pique

Like Rossi, Gerard Pique would make just a handful of appearances for United before finding success in La Liga. He would win the Champions League with United, but has since gone on to win six titles with Barcelona, five Copa Del Reys and three more Champions League crowns, as well as the World Cup and Euro 2012 with Spain.

Manchester United's Gerard Pique celebratesGerard Pique

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