Man Utd's worst XI of the Premier League era has been named

  • Kobe Tong
Bebe in Man Utd training.

Manchester United are officially wading through their worst ever Premier League season.

The humiliating 4-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion confirmed that United are now unable to produce a points tally that would finish above their all-time lowest total in the top-flight since 1992.

As such, there has been a lot of talk about the possibility that Ralf Rangnick’s current United team is the worst that the Old Trafford club has fielded since the Premier League changed English football forever.

Tough times at Man Utd

Marry that to Roy Keane having recently named his all-time greatest United XI in the modern era and you can understand why fans might suddenly be wondering about the other end of the spectrum.

In fact, off the back of all the discourse surrounding United as they plummet to their post-1992 nadir, the Daily Mail have decided to name what they consider to be the club’s worst ever Premier League XI.

From transfers that were investigated by the police to disastrous buys that barely played more than a few games, it’s fair to say that United have fielded some less than top-class players in the last 30 years.

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Man Utd’s worst Premier League XI

So, as United lick their wounds after a catastrophic day’s work at the Amex Stadium, be sure to wallow in the misery by checking out the Red Devils’ worst XI of the Premier League era below:

GK: Massimo Taibi

Could it be anyone else? The brutally-nicknamed “The Blind Venetian” will be eternally infamous for his clanger against Southampton after which he only played one more game for United: a 5-0 thrashing at Chelsea.

Taibi concedes for Man Utd.
Manchester United’s Italian goalkeeper Massimo Taibi throws the ball out after being beaten again by Southampton’s Matthew Le Tissier at Old Trafford, September 25. The game ended 3-3. AS/ME

RB: Guillermo Varela

A little harsh, truth be told, with David Moyes’ first signing at Old Trafford only ever going on to make four Premier League appearances, before eventually leaving the club for PeƱarol in 2017.

CB: William Prunier

Often dubbed as United’s worst signing of all time, Prunier was brought in to plug an injury crisis, but was duly held responsible for all four goals that the Red Devils conceded against Tottenham Hotspur in his second and final appearance.

Prunier playing for Man Utd.
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CB: Marcos Rojo

More often than not playing like a bull in a china shop, you never got the impression that United managers ever trusted Rojo despite him managing to stick around at Old Trafford for over half a decade.

LB: Alexander Buttner

Truth be told, Buttner wasn’t that bad in the famous red jersey, but he wasn’t great either. United’s botched attempt at a Patrice Evra replacement is regularly labelled as one of the worst players to ever win the Premier League.

Buttner flopped at Man Utd.
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RM: Gabriel Obertan 

Saddled by heavy-handed ‘Next Ronaldo‘ labels after he was signed using the ‘CR7’ transfer funds, Obertan was ultimately limited to just one goal and one assist across 19 appearances in a forgettable spell.

CM: Kleberson

Signing a World Cup winner who was one of the first names on the team sheet for Brazil: what could possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything, it turns out, with Kleberson enduring as one of United’s biggest disappointments.

Kleberson playing for Man Utd.
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CM: Eric Djemba-Djemba

Another infamous midfield buy in the early 2000s, Djemba-Djemba neither lived up to his ‘so good they named him twice’ nor ‘the next Roy Keane’ billings as he was sold on after just two years.

LM: David Bellion

Gosh, the turn of the millennium really was a rough time for United’s transfer business with the forgettable Bellion – beached out wide on the left here – never fulfilling his early promise at Sunderland.

Bellion lines up for Man Utd.
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ST: Bebe

A transfer so disastrous that it was investigated by Portuguese police and Sir Alex Ferguson never actually saw him play in person beforehand. Bebe only ever made two Premier League appearances.

ST: Manucho

Harsh? Possibly with the Angolan only actually getting to prove himself across 42 minutes of football for United in three substitute appearances, but at the same time, he wasn’t exactly missed when he left.

Manucho barely played for Man Utd.
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Do you agree with the picks?

Gosh. Where would that lot finish in the Premier League?

While the likes of Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Dong Fangzhou might be wiping sweat off their brows, you’ve got to say that the Mail have nailed some of United’s worst players of the modern era.

Well, that is, of course, unless you’d make the argument that some of Rangnick’s current stars should already be lumped along with the United flops populating the Mail’s line-up.

Besides, while the 11 players above might create an amalgam of United’s worst ever Premier League players, the statistics don’t lie and it’s the 2021/22 squad that is technically the ‘worst team’ of all.

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