Went to waste: the big money that Manchester United threw on a failed purchase

Manchester United has been considered a resounding professional failure for years and the purchase issue is a clear expression of this. All five of the most expensive signings in the club’s history turned out to be a complete failure and led to high financial losses. Maybe Sir Jim Ratcliffe will sort it out. Notice the names and the astronomical sums that went to waste.

Jadon Sancho

The English midfielder was purchased for 75 million euros and is considered the next thing in European football, but the period at Old Trafford was particularly weak and even included “excommunication” by coach Erik ten Haag. A few months ago he returned to Borussia Dortmund with his tail between his legs and a big financial hole in Manchester.

Jadon Sancho. severe excommunication, Photo: USA TODAY Sports

Romelu Lukaku

The striker bought in 2017 from Everton for 85 million euros played in Manchester for two years where he scored 42 goals and assisted 13 more in 96 games with the red shirt. On the face of it, not bad data for a striker (especially compared to others who have played in the team in recent years), but absolutely not ones that justify the high price tag. Lukaku was finally bought by Inter for 74 million euros, and is currently on loan to Roma from Chelsea. At least for him the financial loss is not terrible.

Lukaku. lack of success in demons, Photo: AFP

Harry Maguire

The England stopper is the most expensive defensive player ever when he was bought for £80m from Leicester City. He has recently been given some credit by Ten Haag, but terrible errors and particularly poor ability have led many to label him as one of the club’s biggest flops of the last decade.

Harry Maguire. keeps making mistakes Photo: Getty Images


The talented Brazilian arrived from Ajax in the summer of 2022 for no less than 95 million euros due to the personal desire of the ten brother to sign him. Since he landed at Old Trafford, he has been characterized by inefficient play, irritating dribbles and extremely low numbers. The season even reached a low point when he was suspended from the squad for a few weeks following a complaint from his ex-girlfriend about violence.

Antony, Photo: Reuters

Paul Pogba

The midfielder, who was suspended last week for four years from football due to a drug scandal, arrived at United for an astronomical sum of 105 million euros. The Frenchman did not recover the excellent ability he displayed at Juventus, was involved in conflicts and received unflattering headlines until he returned to the old lady in the summer of 2022 until the explosion of the last affair that apparently ended his career.

Pogba is frustrated at United. failed to rise with the Red Devils, Photo: Getty Images

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