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5 players who regretted leaving Manchester United

An article describing 5 players who should never have left Man Utd and how their careers got worse after leaving the club.

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Top 5 / Top 10 02 Mar 2018, 07:00 IST
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Park Ji Sung
Park Ji Sung developed a reputation for scoring in the big games

Despite not winning the league since 2013, Manchester United is still one of the world's biggest clubs, despite a series of fallouts and poor showings in recent years. After 26 years of Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm, it was always going to be a difficult transition.

Jose Mourinho has restored some presence to the side and the team looks to be heading in the right direction. Even though they've endured some difficult times recently, the list of players who regret leaving Man United could still fill several books. These players range from talents full of youthful promise who ultimately did not fulfil their potential to experienced players who found out that the grass was not greener on the other side.

The list of successful one-club men at United like Giggs, Paul Scholes and Bobby Charlton show that being at United for a long time is better in the long run. Even long players who weren't regular first-team players like Darren Fletcher, John O'Shea and Wes Brown still enjoyed glory on a regular basis. However, it is easy to see why the players left the club, perhaps for the promise of regular playing time after being consigned to the bench at United.

#1 Park Ji Sung

Park Ji-Sung was well-renowned throughout his career for his boundless energy and enthusiasm and nearly endless stamina, being branded 'Three Lungs Park' for his workload. His time at United was definitely was when he was at his peak, winning several titles and being a trusted lieutenant of Sir Alex Ferguson in the big games to shackle creative opponents, even if his first-team opportunities were comparatively limited.

He also developed a reputation for scoring in the big games, particularly against Arsenal. As a result of his commitment and his die-hard commitment to the cause, he became a fans' favourite during his time at the club. While he may have been overshadowed by some in his time at the club, he used the other side of his game to blunt other stars with his tackling and tracking back.

However, once he left for QPR at the end of 2011/2012, things rapidly went downhill, as he only made a handful of appearances during an injury-hit two-year spell with the club, which eventually resulted in his retirement. It doesn't seem fair that his career petered out in this manner after the glory he tasted at United.

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