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10 footballers whose careers dipped after joining Manchester United

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Old Trafford has seen a fair share of wasted talent.

Manchester United is often called the Mecca of the football world. Countless footballers and fans dream of turning out in the famous red shirt on the turf of Old Trafford. And they should.

Manchester United fans are known to show immense love and respect towards the players that ply their trades for United. Plus, wages are never a problem when it comes to playing for the most famous and supported club in the whole world.

Old Trafford is always a celebrated place on weekends and Champions League nights. It is hard to believe that United supporters didn't dwindle in number even after the club has stooped low since Sir Alex Ferguson called it a day.

Playing for the Red Devils does give footballers a chance to have a fairytale career etched in football folklore.

With its illustrious history, the place has seen many great footballers grace the Theatre of Dreams. But not everyone has left a legacy down the Sir Alex Ferguson Way.

There have been players who could never fulfil their potential and desires while playing with the famous red shirt. The pressure at Manchester United is tough to handle. While some can do it, some others fail to be up to the mark.

Some players, however, are never granted enough time to prove themselves. Although United has a stellar reputation for developing world-class players, the club also has its fair share of wasted talent.

Let's have a look at the top 10 of these unfortunate individuals.

#10: Massimo Taibi

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Massimo Taibi made only four appearances for Manchester United.

Many of us make mistakes in our lives, and nothing's different with footballers. But, some are punished more than they should be. That's what happened with Italian shot-stopper Massimo Taibi.

Taibi was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson on his brother and chief scout Martin Ferguson's recommendation. Peter Schmeichel had left for Sporting Lisbon and Taibi was brought in to fill the Great Dane's boots. Although a hard task to fulfil, the Italian did prove worthy of the responsibility in his first two games.

Taibi debuted against Liverpool and announced himself as a man of the match performance in a 3-2 win. Although he did commit a blunder at first, the Italian made up for his mistake by pulling out fine saves after United were reduced to ten men. His home debut was also marked with a man of the match performance against Wimbledon.

But, fate had a nightmare in store for Taibi when he faced Southampton. The Reds were already 2-1 up when Matthew Le Tissier guided a ball at Taibi from 25 yards. While everyone expected a save, the Italian saw the ball slip through his legs and go beyond the goal line.

A furious Sir Alex Ferguson never allowed Taibi to pull on the United jersey again, as his career at Old Trafford ended in merely 22 days.

Considering that Sir Alex gave David De Gea many chances after his debut blunder versus Manchester City, Taibi fell an unlucky prey to the Scottish gaffer's wrath. Had the Italian been given a chance, who knows? He might have walked into United's hall of fame with Schmeichel.

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