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5 Manchester United rejects who sparkled elsewhere

Sujith M
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 14:23 IST

Manchester United have made a number of big money signings in the past but all of them do not all end up as successful acquisitions at Old Trafford.

The demands of English football do not always suit some of the world's best footballers - players including Angel di María, Radamel Falcao and more recently Henrikh Mkhitaryan have proved that some can struggle to meet expectations on a consistent basis.

With that in mind, it's also impossible for a side like United to give opportunities to all of their reserve players. Some may show extraordinary ability early on in their career, whilst others need regular first-team football to justify their potential - some leave in search of senior minutes elsewhere while others are often forced out altogether.

Michael Keane, Danny Welbeck and Tom Heaton are three examples of Premier League-established players who have proved their ability away from Manchester in recent seasons.

On that note, let's take a look at five players who have failed to impress at Old Trafford but flourished among different surroundings:

#5: Giuseppe Rossi

US Sassuolo Calcio v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A
US Sassuolo Calcio v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A

Rossi moved to England as a 17-year-old and made his United debut against Crystal Palace back in 2004. Touted for greatness, his career prospects fell drastically, which was unexpected to say the least given his ability.

Failure to compete with Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney for a regular starting berth saw him leave United for pastures new in 2007, making only 12 appearances during his three-year stint with the Red Devils.

He joined La Liga side Villarreal for £6.6m and quickly established himself as one of Spain's best forwards. Scoring 82 goals in 192 appearances, he joined Serie A side Fiorentina back in 2012 and has since netted 19 goals in 42 matches for La Viola.

After many troublesome injury issues, he has recently joined Genoa on a free transfer - having been a free agent since July this year.


United struggled to replicate their goalscoring exploits once Ronaldo moved in a then world-record move to join Real Madrid in 2009. If the Italian had stayed, Rossi would have potentially become one of the club's most important players going forward during a tricky transitional period.

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