Manchester United's first 13 signings after Sir Alex Ferguson retired - Where are they now?

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Manchester United are about to enter their sixth season without the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm. Time flies, doesn’t it?

The Red Devils are still adjusting to life without the Scottish icon, who spent 26 hugely successful years in the hot seat at Old Trafford.

David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have all had a crack at the job in the post-Ferguson era - but filling the massive void left by the club’s greatest ever manager was always going to be impossible.

Moyes lasted less than a season in the job, despite signing a six-year contract, after a woeful start to his United career.

Van Gaal fared slightly better, although he too was sacked at the end of his second season in charge.

Mourinho, meanwhile, is the bookmakers’ current favourite to become the first Premier League manager to lose his job this term after a turbulent pre-season.

The Portuguese coach has cut a frustrated figure at Old Trafford for most of his tenure and few fans would be surprised if this turned out to be his final campaign in charge of their club.

Where are the first 13 Man Utd signings after Fergie left?

But away from the managers, how have the first batch of players signed by United since Ferguson left fared? Let’s take a closer look at where they are now…

Guillermo Varela

Success rating: 2/10

The very first signing of the post-Ferguson era, Guillermo Varela briefly appeared on course to become the club’s right-back during the 2015-16 season.

However, it was a false dawn and the 25-year-old defender is now back at his first club Penarol in his native Uruguay.

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Marouane Fellaini

Success rating: 7/10

A £27.5 million panic buy on the final day of the shambolic 2013 summer transfer window, Marouane Fellaini isn’t every Man Utd fan’s cup of tea but the 6ft 4in Belgian done a half-decent job for the club over the past five years.

Used as a plan B by Moyes, Van Gaal and Mourinho, the midfielder put pen to paper on a contract extension in June.


Saidy Janko

Success rating: 0/10

Big things were expected of the former Switzerland Under-21 international when he signed, but his one and only appearance for United came in the shock 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the League Cup.

He went on to play for Celtic and Saint-Etienne, and recently signed for Portuguese giants Porto. The 22-year-old might still have a big future ahead of him.


Juan Mata

Success rating: 7.5/10

Moyes’s last signing as United boss, Juan Mata made a James Bond-esque entrance, arriving at Carrington in a helicopter.

Although the Spanish midfielder hasn’t quite been an all-action hero for the Red Devils, he’s been decent enough, scoring 39 goals in 186 games. The 30-year-old remains an important player under Mourinho, the man who allowed him to join United from Chelsea four-and-a-half years ago.


Ander Herrera

Success rating: 7/10

Plans were already in place to sign Ander Herrera before Van Gaal’s arrival in the summer of 2014, but the Dutch coach still gave the green light on the purchase.

The tenacious Spaniard has made 161 appearances for United, scoring 17 goals, and fans have always appreciated his work ethic.


Luke Shaw

Success rating: 3/10

It looked as if Man Utd had bagged themselves a future world beater when they signed Luke Shaw in a £30 million deal from Southampton in June 2014.

However, the 23-year-old’s spell at Old Trafford has been blighted by injury problems and inconsistency. His relationship with Mourinho has been fraught with difficulty but the left-back is determined to prove his doubters wrong this season.


Vanja Milinkovic-Savic

Success rating: 0/10

Wait, Man Utd had Milinkovic-Savic on their books? They did indeed - although not the Milinkovic-Savic you’re thinking of.

This Milinkovic-Savic is the younger brother of the highly-rated Sergej, who has been linked with a big-money move to Old Trafford.

Vanja, who was released by United in November 2015 after failing to obtain a work permit to play in England, is now on the books of Italian side Torino.


Marcos Rojo

Success rating: 5.5/10

Decent one week, calamitous the next, Marcos Rojo has been an okay’ish signing by Van Gaal, who snapped up the Argentina international after his performances at the 2014 World Cup.

Linked with a move to Wolves this summer, Rojo’s United career will probably come to an end in the near future.

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Angel di Maria

Success rating: 3/10

Man Utd broke the British transfer record to bring Angel di Maria to England from Real Madrid, forking out a cool £59.7 million for the Argentina international.

The early signs were positive - his performance against Leicester City was excellent - but things quickly turned sour and he was offloaded to Paris Saint-Germain less than a year after signing for Van Gaal’s side.

Di Maria is still with PSG now and has scored 50 goals in 134 appearances.


Daley Blind

Success rating: 6.5/10

Some United fans initially thought Daley Blind might be future captain material but that was always an overly optimistic prediction.

A limited footballer, Blind returned to Ajax this summer with the best wishes of the Old Trafford faithful.

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Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Success rating: 7/10

Seven out of 10 might seem a tad generous for a player who has only made 21 first-team appearances for United, but Timothy Fosu-Mensah clearly has a massive future ahead of him.

The 20-year-old impressed on loan at Crystal Palace last season and will be hoping to nail down a starting spot in United’s line-up this season.

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Victor Valdes

Success rating: 1/10

Van Gaal signed Victor Valdes as back-up for David de Gea because he knew the Catalan shot-stopper from their time working together at Barcelona.

However, the relationship between the two men soured to the point they were no longer on speaking terms by the time Valdes left the club. The 36-year-old called time on his glittering career after a season with Middlesbrough in 2017 and now works as the current manager of Spanish side ED Moratalaz's youth setup.

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Sadiq El Fitouri

Success rating: 0/10

Recommended to Man Utd by Phil Neville and Paul Scholes, Sadiq El Fitouri failed to make a single first-team appearance for the Red Devils after leaving Salford City FC.

The Libya international has since played for Chesterfield, Al Ahli Tripoli and now plies his trade for CSM Politehnica Iasi in Romania.

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So, there you have it: a lot more misses than hits.

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