Tue. May 17th, 2022

Not all transfers work, and Manchester United have had a fair share of purchases, which for a number of reasons have never been good.

Sometimes the move comes too early in a player’s career, while others struggle to deal with the pressure that comes with playing for a club the size of United.

However, there are always a few that fans want the club to hold on to because of what they showed before signing or what they continue to achieve when they leave.

Here are five players who deserved a second chance at Old Trafford.

Memphis Depay

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 03: Memphis Depay from Manchester United in action during the Wayne Rooney Testimonial match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on August 3, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters / Manchester United via Getty Images)

Now in Barcelona, ​​Memphis Depay shows why he was so coveted in 2014 when United signed him for £ 25 million from PSV.

Depay hit the ground running and formed a formidable partnership with yet another summer signing in Luke Shaw down the left flank.

It can be argued that Shaw’s horrific leg injury in September 2014 greatly affected Depay.

Although he only scored two league goals in a season and a half for United, he scored an impressive 63 league goals for Lyon over four seasons.

He moved to Barca in 2021 and already has three goals in seven La Liga matches.

United have spent hundreds of millions on edge / attacker hybrids, especially right foot, which excels at cutting left, since his departure and a little more patience could have saved them a lot of trouble and money.

Shinji Kagawa

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 29: Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United in action during Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on March 29, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters / Manchester United via Getty Images)

United do not have the best track record signing players from Borussia Dortmund and it can be traced back to Shinji Kawaga.

In the Bundesliga, Kagawa was sensational. Scored 41 goals and provided 37 assists in 148 games, which helped guide Jurgen Klopp’s side back to back to league titles before moving to the Premier League in 2013.

Klopp famously said the pair cried in each other’s arms as he walked on and went on to say that it broke his heart to see Kagawa play as a left winger for United.

Although he won the league in his first season at United, Kagawa failed to regain his German form and was often moved around the team to accommodate Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

“Central midfield is Shinji’s best role,” Klopp said in 2013. “He’s an offensive midfielder with one of the best goals for goals I’ve ever seen.”

With Van Persie and Rooney at the end of their careers and United looking for a creative playmaker post Sir Alex Ferguson, Kagawa had all the skills and moves to shape the team around him if he had been given the keys to United’s creative engine.

Kagawa’s career took off after he was in the Premier League – it did not quite work back in Dortmund – it was his first magic in Germany that impressed most with football.

Gerard Pique

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 07: Gerard Pique from Manchester United celebrates the scoring of the opening goal with teammate Nemanja Vidic (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Manchester United and Dynamo Kyiv at Old Trafford on 7 November 2007 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey / Getty Images)

A controversial choice given how United then had the best defensive midfield pair in world football in Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

But Gerard Pique was a promising talent when he was signed from Barcelona’s La Masia academy in 2004, and when he rejoined the club in 2008, he not only began to show his talent, but lined up against United in the Champions League final. .

Yes, there is a valid case that he would never break the Ferdinand-Vidic partnership.

But selling him at 21 always seemed premature, especially when he showed glimpses of what was to come, especially an away match in the Champions League against Roma, where he scored the opening goal of the match.

Eight La Liga titles, three Champions League victories and a World Cup and European Championship winner, Pique won it all for both club and country.

Add more UEFA Team of the Year selections, FIFA FIFPRO World 11 rankings and a host of other individual accolades, the midfielder had a fantastic career in Spain.

Still only 34, Pique is only now coming out of his peak years, but how good would it have been to see him help United with even more European trophies?

Wilfried Zaha

Manchester United’s Wilfred Zaha in action against A-League All Stars at Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia. Saturday, July 20, 2013. (Photo: Steve Christo) (Photo by Steve Christo / Corbis via Getty Images)

The first signature in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era, Wilfried Zaha as a 20-year-old was seen as the perfect gift for the new manager David Moyes, but never succeeded.

Zaha was sold back to Crystal Palace without ever starting in the Premier League for United and has continued to dazzle week in, week out, for the Eagles.

When United shouted for a replacement for Ryan Giggs, Zaha never got a chance at Old Trafford to show what made him such a hot prospect before moving to Manchester, and even though he had been linked with the club several times since 2015 , a return never turned into anything.

He may not have the individual recognitions like others on this list, but you only have to look at the way Zaha changes games on his own to Palace knows he had all the ability in the world to be a real discriminator for United.

As a 28-year-old, there is still a chance he will end up wearing a United shirt again, but with the recent arrival of Jadon Sancho, as well as the attacking talents United have in Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, the chances are almost no Zaha returns to Old Trafford.

Angel di Maria

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 21: Angel di Maria of Manchester United celebrates scoring their second goal during Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at King Power Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Leicester, England. (Photo by John Peters / Manchester United via Getty Images)

It started so well for Angel di Maria.

When he got the prestigious jersey number seven, the winger scored three goals in his first five games, including a wonderful lob against Leicester City.

That goal was pretty much the only highlight of his one season at Old Trafford.

United sold him to French side Paris-Saint Germain after 12 months due to Di Maria not settling in England and he has continued to show the form that saw United spend £ 59.7million on him in the first place.

However, Di Maria’s recent comments about his time in Manchester under Van Gaal angered fans.

“I did not give anything about Manchester United No. 7,” said Di Maria TyC Sports. “At first they talked a lot to me about it, it was just a shirt.

“My problem in Manchester was the coach. Van Gaal was the worst in my career. I wanted to score, assist, and the next day he would show me my misplaced passes. He pushed me from one day to the next, he did not. as if players are more than him. “

Do you agree with this list? Which United players would you like to have another chance at the club? Let us know in the comments below or @ManUtdMEN

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