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Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson's worst signings

Djemba-Djemba struggled at Old Trafford (©GettyImages)
Djemba-Djemba struggled at Old Trafford (©GettyImages).

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has had his fair share of flops during his time at Old Trafford, but who are the five worst signings of his otherwise glittering tenure?

5. Diego Forlan

It took the Uruguayan 27 games to register his first goal for Manchester United, earning him the nickname “Diego Forlorn".

Forlan was a talented forward that never seem to find his feet at United, failing to live up to his £6.9m price tag. He was eventually shipped out to Villarreal, where he won both the Pichichi and European Golden Shoe twice. United fans must wonder why he never worked out for them.

4. Juan Sebastian Veron

Manchester United paid a hefty £28.1m to Lazio in 2001 for the signature of the Argentine midfielder.

Veron simply failed to live up to his price tag. He struggled to adapt to the speed and intensity of the English game as he struggled to find any time on the ball to pull the strings as he was so used to in Italy.

Eventually, United sold him to Chelsea for around half the price, despite Ferguson defending him fervently on numerous occasions.

3. Jordi Cruyff

Jordi was the son of one of the greatest players to ever live - Johan - but he was nothing like his dad. United bought Jordi at just 22-years-old from Barcelona. The Dutch international made just 45 appearances for United in a four-year stint. Although there were flashes of genius, Jordi was too inconsistent to make his mark at United.

2. Kleberson

When United signed Kleberson for just £6.5m, the general reaction was that United had grabbed the bargain of the century. According to Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, Kleberson was the driving force behind Brazil’s World Cup winning side in 2002.

Kleberson was injured in his second appearance for United and made only 20 appearances in his career at Old Trafford. Similarly to Veron, Kleberson was unable to adapt to English football and was consequently shipped out.

1. Eric Djemba-Djemba

Who else could occupy this spot? Ferguson thought the Cameroonian international was the perfect replacement for anchorman Roy Keane in the midfield.

United paid £3.5m to Nantes for his services and the rest, as they say, is history. Djemba-Djemba simply couldn’t handle the Premier League. He was eventually sold to Aston Villa - and it’s fair to say United fans have not missed him.

 

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