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5 players whose careers were almost ruined while at Manchester United

Sachin Awana
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Alexi Sanchez celebrating
Alexi Sanchez celebrating

Manchester United are undoubtedly one of the greatest football clubs with all its rich history and reputation. The Manchester club dominated the English League as well as the UEFA Champions League, winning more trophies than any other club in English football, with a record 20 League titles, 12 FA Cups, 5 League Cups and a record 21 FA Community Shields.

In the era of Sir Alex Ferguson, the club peaked its dominance, winning many league and domestic titles consistently. Sir Ferguson's reign started in 1986 and ended in 2013 during which he won 13 League trophies, 2 Champions League and a treble in 1998/99. Sir Alex Ferguson's managerial job introduced big players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes to the footballing world. Ryan Giggs who played for the Manchester Club during Fergie's time is the most decorated player in English football history.

There have been many players and managers who have tried to achieve the same feat for the club as their predecessors but have not really impressed, most of them being transferred out after labelling flops as by the media and the fans.

Things were in control when Sir Ferguson was at the wheel but since his departure, Manchester United has witnessed many talents that were promising but couldn't live up to their potential and expectations. Here are 5 of them.


#5 Adnan Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj with Louis van Gaal
Adnan Januzaj with Louis van Gaal

Adnan Januzaj is a Belgian footballer who on the right wing for the Spanish club Real Sociedad. He has represented Belgium in 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup reaching in the semi-finals of the latter. Now at 24, Januzaj once was considered a very high rated prolific youngster who was destined for greatness. He began his career with Anderlecht before joining Manchester United in 2011 at the age of 16. He managed to broke in the first team under David Moyes but struggled to find a consistent game-time under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Thus went out for a couple of loan spells to Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Januzaj's time at Manchester United has been often regarded as poor and weak. He was still very young when he started to play for the club through the right wing but only managed to score five times while assisting just six times in 63 club games in all competitions. Although creative and exciting on the ball, he wasn't really generating the right impact on the wing and was pretty wasteful as well. If he was given more time and attention to help him reach his potential, he could have turned into a real threat for the opposition every time he had the ball.

Januzaj's career really dipped after joining Manchester United, wasting several years before signing for Real Sociedad. He hasn't been doing wonders in this season as well, scoring just once in 13 league games while assisting three. He has maintained a decent enough 75.9 percentage of passing average throughout the league but hasn't produced any impact.

Januzaj couldn't really live up to his potential and turned from a destined superstar to a flop in just a matter of years.

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