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5 players who performed well against Manchester United after leaving the club

Ronnie Evans
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Undoubtedly, football is the most popular sport in the world. The game has, in the course of history, produced some breath-taking moments. On the other hand, football has also produced some moments that left fans in outright shock.

As part of the process, players often move to other clubs during the transfer window for various reasons. These could be to pursue more playing time, enjoy the full stretch of a better contract or on the realisation that they are surplus to requirements at their current club.

It is almost poetic for the same players when they not only face their former employers but also score against them. Respectfully, some choose not to celebrate goals due to their previous ties. However, it has not been cast in stone that this should always be the case. Other players feed off the moment and make sure that they remind their old bosses of their quality.

20-time English champions Manchester United managers have over years done some pretty good business in the transfer market such as the acquisition of Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo. On the flip side, the Red Devils' bosses have let go of players in decisions that quite literally came back to haunt them during matches.

#5 Ben Foster

On April 15, 2018, West Brom visited Old Trafford at a time when they were positioned at the bottom of the Premier League with only five matches left to play. It was expected that Jose Mourinho’s side would thrash the visitors if the impressive nature of their comeback win over the then champions-elect Manchester City in their backyard was anything to go by.

Prior to that match, West Brom had lost eight of their previous 10 league matches. 35-year-old goalkeeper Ben Foster had a dream move to United in July 2005 from Stoke City. During his near five-year spell at the club, he made just 12 appearances for the United under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson. Having struggled to cement a starting berth, he went on several loan spells at Watford. It is said that goalkeepers get better with age and the shot-stopper proved that when he faced his former side.

In that match, Foster produced four crucial saves including a double in the 20th minute to keep out Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez on the follow-up. He was alert in getting quickly off his line on several occasions to thwart any potential threat. The minnows went on to stun the home crowd courtesy of Jay Rodriguez solitary goal in the 73rd-minute. This result essentially handed City the title.

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I am a creative and highly skilled sports writer with a long-standing passion for writing football. I believe in drafting engaging content for my readers. Whether it is thought-provoking opinion pieces or crucial reviews, I strive to deliver the best.
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