Danny Welbeck’s winner for Arsenal against Leicester City should be no surprise given how players are thriving away from Manchester United.
The striker, who left Old Trafford to make way for Radamel Falcao at the start of last season, netted a dramatic late goal to boost the Gunners’ hopes of winning the Premier League title.
It used to be that very few players would taste success away from the Red Devils – Diego Forlan, Cristiano Ronaldo and Giuseppe Rossi being the exceptions – but all that has changed since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
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Here are three players to have impressed since leaving United whilst the club have struggled in recent years under the difficult regimes of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
Though he always struggled to dislodge the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie from the starting line-up, many were bemused by Van Gaal’s decision to let Javier Hernandez leave the club.
The Mexican international, who spent last season on loan at La Liga giants Real Madrid, missed a penalty in the Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge earlier in the season and was sold to Bayer Leverkusen shortly after.
During his stint in Germany, he has become one of the most prolific marksmen in the Bundesliga and has won the league’s Player of the Month award in each of the last three months.
Hernandez has scored 13 league goals so far this season - just two short of Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller - making his decision to leave the club a justified one.
Despite signing a contract extension shortly after the appointment of Van Gaal, Patrice Evra left for Juventus in need of a new challenge.
And the French left-back has been in fine form in Serie A, helping the Italian giants win the league title and reach the final of the Champions League last season.
Though he is now in the twilight years of his career, Evra’s worth is immeasurable and United could have done with him staying in order to help Luke Shaw overcome his rocky start.
During his time at Old Trafford, Evra won five league titles and the Champions League, making him a legend at the club despite his sudden exit.
Angel di Maria
Unwanted by Real Madrid, many thought Manchester United were signing a potential club legend when they splashed almost £60 million on Argentinean winger Angel di Maria.
Yet despite enjoying a fine start to life in English football – scoring a brilliant chip against Leicester – he was sold to Paris Saint-Germain less than a year later after losing his place in the side to Ashley Young.
Di Maria has since returned to his best in France and helped form part of a relentless attacking trio alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani.
The 28-year-old has helped the French club win 22 of their first 26 league games, and could help them win the Champions League in his maiden season in the French capital.
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