Manchester United’s worst eleven of the 21st century includes Pepe, Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez, but is Van de Beek in the squad?

For all their success this century, Manchester United have also endured their fair share of volatility in the transfer market.

The last player to struggle to make an impact at Old Trafford is Dutch international Donny van de Beek.

Donny van de Beek has struggled since arriving at Manchester United last summer

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Donny van de Beek has struggled since arriving at Manchester United last summercredit: PA

He joined United from Ajax in August 2020 for £35m but failed to become a regular first-team player before loaning him to Everton last season.

He is now back but is still only used as an influential substitute despite being reunited with former Ajax coach Erik ten Hag.

However, did Van de Beek’s disappointing spell make him a place in United’s worst squad of the 21st century?

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Anders Lindegaard

Lindegaard spent five seasons at the club, but it was largely forgotten, supporting Edwin van der Sar and David de Gea.

On reflection, Lindegaard wasn’t a bad goalkeeper but he lacked the composure and experience needed to stay in the No. 1 jersey permanently.

Alexander Pattner

Sir Alex Ferguson described Pattner as “one of the best young left-backs in Europe” when he signed in 2012, and was part of the title-winning squad in 2013.

After Ferguson retired, he drifted to some of the lesser known teams in world football.

Marcos Rojo failed to make an impact at Old Trafford and spent most of his time away from the court

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Marcos Rojo failed to make an impact at Old Trafford and spent most of his time away from the courtcredit: Getty

Marcos Rojo

How Rojo survived at United for so long, I will never know.

Signed by Louis van Gaal in 2014, the versatile defender has spent more time in the treatment room and on the sidelines than on the pitch.

When he played, he struggled to deal with the rhythm of the English game.

Guillermo Varela

David Moyes’ first transfer as coach of Manchester United was the little-known Uruguayan.

Varela was signed after admiring both his local club, Penarol, and at the South American Youth Championship.

In hindsight, it was probably a move he couldn’t handle.

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In 2010, United spent £7.4 million to sign Thiago Manuel Dias Correa, also known as Pepe.

Pepe was nominated for Ferguson by his former assistant Carlos Queiroz, with the Scotsman later admitting that he had never seen him play.

Due to the criticism he received, he went on to pursue a reasonable career in Spain.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Pepe without watching him play

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Sir Alex Ferguson signed Pepe without watching him playCredit: PA: Impex Sport

Morgan Schneiderlin

Schneiderlin played more than 30 games for United, but I can’t remember one appearance.

Joining after several fantastic years at Southampton, I always felt the club was too big for him.

He struggled since the day he arrived.

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The World Cup winner in Brazil beat Eric Djemba Djemba.

Kleberson joined at the same time as Cristiano Ronaldo and after some decent early performances he got lost completely.

It’s never been easy to compete with Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt for a starting point.

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Wilfried Zaha

Zaha was Ferguson’s last signing at the club and he immediately returned to the palace meaning he never worked under United’s greatest coach.

Moyes was left to pick up the pieces, but Zaha wasn’t the brilliant striker she is today.

Wilfried Zaha hardly got a chance at Man United

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Wilfried Zaha hardly got a chance at Man UnitedCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Memphis Depay

Right player, wrong time.

Depay had rebuilt his career well but lacked the maturity at United to establish himself properly.

If he had joined under Ferguson and given more time, he might have thrived.

Worst eleventh in the United States in the twenty-first century
Worst eleventh in the United States in the twenty-first century

Angel Di Maria

Big excitement when he joined but he didn’t really want to be there in the first place.

Problems off the field didn’t help, but Di Maria and United weren’t supposed to be either.

Fans told him how special he was to them when he returned with PSG in 2019.

Alexis Sanchez

What a tragedy. Similar to Di Maria in that you get the impression that he didn’t really want to be at the club.

He left for Inter and won the Serie A with them, but his days as a global striker have not been seen since his time at Arsenal.

Alexis Sanchez undoubtedly had a nightmare at Old Trafford

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Alexis Sanchez undoubtedly had a nightmare at Old Traffordcredit: Getty



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