Louis van Gaal’s 13 Manchester United signings and where they are now

Ander Herrera – Athletic Bilbao – £ 28m

The tenacious midfielder Herrera was Louis van Gaal’s first signature as Manchester United boss, and he went on to become a cult favorite among United fans.

The Spaniard spent five years in Manchester in total, but failed contract negotiations meant he traveled on a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in 2019.

Luke Shaw – Southampton – £ 33.75m

United brought Shaw into the club as he was establishing himself as one of the most promising young players in the country, destined to become the country’s best left back.

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Although it has not gone smoothly or gone exactly as expected, Shaw remains an important United player. Although he has not had the best time this season, he excelled in the previous campaign and scored in the European Championship 2020 final for England.

Angel Di Maria – Real Madrid – £ 67.5m

United seemed to have completed a fantastic transfer by bringing in a player who was then the key to Real Madrid’s Champions League triumphs in Di Maria, but things did not go according to plan.

The Argentine was restless in Manchester, playing just 32 games – scoring four goals and creating an impressive 12 assists – before leaving after just one season. United got most of their outlays back by selling him to Paris Saint-Germain, where he has continued to shine ever since.

Anthony Martial – Monaco – £ 54m

Martial joined the club in 2015 and although he is still here to this day, it does not look like he will be there much longer.

Manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that the Frenchman wants to leave Old Trafford in search of more playing time after starting just four games this season.

Sevilla are the only interested party to date, but they have had their opening bid rejected as their bid does not cover all of Martial’s salaries and does not provide a loan fee.

Morgan Schneiderlin – Southampton – £ 31.5m

When they signed Schneiderlin, United looked as if they had finally solved their defensive midfield problems, but once again, what appeared to be a good move did not seem as hoped.

The Frenchman played only 47 games before traveling to Everton and coming to Nice last year.

Memphis Depay – PSV Eindhoven – £ 30.6m

Another signing that United seemed to have done well in achieving was the exciting Dutch striker Memphis Depay, in front of lots of interested parties.

But neither did he live up to expectations and traveled to Lyon after just 18 months. Memphis revived itself in France to become a very good striker before coming to Barcelona on a free this summer.

Marcos Rojo – Sporting – £ 18m

The erratic center-back Rojo, despite never really performing, managed to stay at the club for almost seven years – with a loan to Estudiantes thrown in – before finally traveling forever in February this year to join Boca Juniors.

Matteo Darmian – Turin – £ 16.2m

The versatile full-back Darmian was a United player for four years, but never really established himself as a solid man in the side. He came to Parma in 2019 before moving to Inter, where he helped win the Serie A title last season.

Daley Blind – Ajax – £ 15.75m

Blind was perhaps one of, if not the, best signings Van Gaal made during his time as leader. They worked together during the 2014 World Cup and the manager moved quickly to bring him to the club from Ajax.

The versatile defender had four successful years at Old Trafford, playing 141 games before returning to Amsterdam to win even more trophies in 2018.

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – OCTOBER 19: Daley Blind from Ajax celebrates 2-0 during the UEFA Champions League match between Ajax v Borussia Dortmund at Johan Cruijff Arena on October 19, 2021 in Amsterdam Holland (Photo by Rico Brouwer / Soccrates / Getty Images)
Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich – £ 8.1m

Although Schweinsteiger was nearing the end of his illustrious career, he still looked like a clever signing, especially just a year after his heroic performance in Germany’s World Cup final triumph.

But once again it did not succeed. The aging warhorse would play a little and do a little before traveling to the Chicago Fire midway through his second season with the club. He has since retired.

Radamel Falcao – Monaco – Loans

The signing of Falcao was a noble failure. The Colombian goal machine had scored no matter where he had been during his career, but had been shaken by an ACL injury in the months leading up to his United move.

Although he was in shape again, he looked like a shadow of his former I in Manchester and in Chelsea the season afterwards, scoring only five times for both clubs. He revived his career after returning to Monaco and enjoyed a period in Galatasaray before joining Rayo Vallecano this summer, where he recently won the winner against Barcelona.

Sergio Romero – Sampdoria – Free

The talented goalkeeper Romero was brought in as a backup goalkeeper, but despite impressing every time he played in cup tournaments or as a cover, he was never able to dismiss David de Gea as No. 1.

The Argentine was finally able to leave United this summer after six years and joined Serie A newcomer Venice.

Victor Valdes – Barcelona – Free

When De Gea was likely to join Real Madrid in 2015, legendary stopper Valdes was brought in to replace him, but De Gea never left. As a result, he played only five times and was loaned out to Standard Liege six months later, before traveling to Middlesbrough in the summer. Then he hung up the gloves.

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