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Top 10 alternative signings Manchester United could have made

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Gareth Bale(L) and Toni Kroos(R) could've been Manchester United players

The recruitment at Manchester United at times hasn't been good enough, and the wrong players have been brought in too often. In 2018 however, the squad is strong, as Jose Mourinho's puts his vision for a United team together. But it could have been much simpler for Mourinho if United's executives and previous managers hadn't made such questionable decisions when other available players were out there.

Also read: An A-Z guide to Manchester United Football Club

This list will put together ten players Manchester United should have bought when they opted for someone else.

To keep it in the realm of possibility, each potential transfer I mention has either been linked to United or that player was transferred around the same time United bought an alternative:

#10 Gonzalo Castro instead of Matteo Darmian

Castro would've been a better signing over Darmian

Was Darmian ever bought to be anything more than a squad player? With the ability to the play either fullback, the slight Italian was brought in 2015 by Louis van Gaal, and like nearly every other United defender, has failed to cement his place in the starting XI.

Showing initial promise, Darmian has been in and out of the matchday squads since, and seems to be on the fringes of Jose Mourinho's current squad, and it looks very likely that he could depart in the summer of 2018.

If it were a versatile utility man United were after, Gonzalo Castro was a much better option. Like Darmian, Castro has made his name as a utility player, comfortable in any defensive position, Castro can also play in the midfield and in wide attacking positions.

Borussia Dortmund snapped Castro up in the same transfer window as United signed Darmian, an offer from one of the biggest clubs in the world should have been able to tempt Castro with a move to England.

This underrated German would have fit well into the Premier League and till date, remains overlooked by bigger clubs.

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