Every football team must have had regrets adding a few players to their roster. Some might not be as bad as they seem and maybe the change of environment affected them as they must have been great for their previous teams before they were acquired anyway. While some could be outright thrash for lack of a better word. Whatever the case may be, some managers must have had regrets signing some players.
I have known and watched Manchester United for a long time to have my opinion on which players were their worst transfer deals.
Here are my worst Manchester United signings:
1. Bebe: I didn’t know Bebe prior to his signing, rumor had it that Sir Alex Ferguson just saw videos of the lad on YouTube and no scout actually went out to watch him play before he was signed. I am till this day still suspecting there was some sort of money laundering involved. Till I am proved wrong, I stand by this assertion.
He was on United’s roster for 4 years (2010 – 2014) going on loan spells to Beskitas, Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira before he was picked up by Benfica. He scored 2 goals for United and can’t remember whom they were against.
2. Kleberson: Kleberson was signed the year after Brazil won the 2002 World Cup hosted by South Korea and Japan. He had a good tournament, not to take anything away from him but was a big flop with Manchester United.
I can’t even lay my hand on a good game he had with the Red Devils. He spent 2 years (2003 – 2005). He was to replace Juan Sebastian Veron but it didn’t work out.
3. Eric Djemba-Djemba: this Cameroonian was signed about the same time as Kleberson. They both played 20 games for United but I have memories of Eric in 2 games.
He scored a relatively good goal against Panathinaikos of Greece in the Champions League and and beauty against Leeds in a Carling Cup tie, as a matter of fact it was the winner. He never lived up to the expectation as he was supposed to be Roy Keane’s replacement.