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Top 5 most expensive flops in Manchester United history

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Sanchez was unveiled to much fanfare
Sanchez was unveiled to much fanfare

Manchester United are the most successful club in English football history, and most of that success is traceable to the legendary management of the iconic Sir Alex Ferguson.

Given the Red Devils' immense success, it should come as no surprise that they are also one of the most popular clubs in the world, with global fandom running into hundreds of millions across all languages and nooks and crannies of the world.

Increased followership leads to increased marketability, and this concordantly leads to more financial stability, with the result of Manchester United's success on the field being that they are also one of the most prosperous clubs off it.

Over the years, their accomplishments have been made possible by the blooding of young academy players such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes but to name a few, and these men all transcended the heights to achieve legendary status at Old Trafford.

There have also been players who were bought for next to nothing such as Eric Cantona, Patrice Evra and Edwin van der Sar who all contributed their quota in maintaining the United legacy.

Big money has also been spent over the years to bring in players, and while some of those such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney went on to achieve greatness, it has not always been plain sailing for all the big money arrivals at Old Trafford.

In this piece, we shall be highlighting the top five most expensive flops in the history of Manchester United.

Honorable mentions: Fred (£52), Memphis Depay (£25m)


#5 Morgan Schneiderlin - 2015 (£25m)

Schneiderlin is a forgotten man at Old Trafford
Schneiderlin is a forgotten man at Old Trafford
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It is highly likely that a lot of people have forgotten that Morgan Schneiderlin was once a Manchester United player even though he spent two years at Old Trafford and departed just two seasons ago.

However, such people can be forgiven, for the Frenchman's time at the club was truly atrocious.

After impressing for seven seasons with Southampton, Schneiderlin was signed by then Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal, and fans of the club saw him as the long-sought-after replacement for the iconic Paul Scholes in the middle of the park.

Mentioning both names in the same bracket is however a great disservice to the former England international, as Schneiderlin did not do anywhere near enough to merit comparisons.

He started life well at Old Trafford, scoring on his unofficial debut in a friendly against Club America in Seattle and he ended up making 29 league appearances in his debut season, but that was as good as it got.

The former Strasbourg man faced plenty of criticisms for his displays in a disastrous individual season, and in his sophomore campaign found playing time hard to come by, making just eight appearances for a total of 238 minutes in the first half of the 2016/2017 season before being sold to Everton in January 2017 less than 18 months after arriving.

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