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Soccer Saturday pundits claim Manchester United have made three good signings since 2013

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Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 season, things have taken a turn for the worse for Manchester United.

In the three following seasons, the highest the Red Devils have finished is fourth - while it already looks like they’re out of the title race this season.

But it’s not for a lack of trying.

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The club have had three different permanent managers during that spell and have spent an incredible amount of money.

David Moyes spent £66 million on Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini but was sacked before the end of his first campaign.

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Louis van Gaal then spent another £166 million in the next season with Angel di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Falcao all arriving.

A fourth-placed finish saw the Dutchman keep his job and he splashed the cash once again the following season bringing in Anthony Martial, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian and Bastian Schweinsteiger for a combined cost of £124 million.

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And then Jose Mourinho came in this summer, spending almost £150 million with Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free) all signing.

We make that more than £500 million spent since Ferguson left the club on 17 players with a single FA Cup triumph to show for it.

But how many of those players have been a success?

Well, the pundits on Soccer Saturday analysed that this afternoon and came to the conclusion that only three have been a hit on Manchester.

Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling

Matt Le Tissier, Paul Merson, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas went through the names given to them by Jeff Stelling and the only three players that were unscathed from criticism were Eric Bailly, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera.

Take a look at the video below:

Mourinho’s side are currently in a sticky situation having lost to Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday. It means the Portuguese boss has now had a worse start than both Moyes and Van Gaal with them eight points off the top of the Premier League and struggling to progress through their Europa League group.

Mourinho will be hoping that those Soccer Saturday pundits will change their minds over the arrivals of Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic and Pogba before the end of the season, though.

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