In football, there some players who play for one club and finish their playing from the same side. Others decide to leave due to different reasons. There are those who leave because of money hunting, those who move due to less first-team football; while others may decide to move when they want to win different trophies elsewhere.

However, it is not always that all of those players who decided to leave their clubs will be successful in their destinations.

Manchester United as one of the biggest clubs in the world of football had some great players who opted to leave the Old Trafford. But some of them have eventually regretted to leave the Theatre of Glory.

Now, let’s take a look at 5 best players who decided to leave United and finally regretted to have left.

5. Ruud van Nistelrooy – Striker

If I say that Ruud van Nistelrooy is one of the best strikers ever to play for Manchester United, hope I am not fooling people.

However, the Dutchman’s weakness was only being selfish on the pitch, as he was not used to set up some assists apart from scoring.

His selfishness began to displease his teammates and additionally, he fell out with Cristiano Ronaldo. The former PSV star opted to leave the Old Trafford in 2006 for Real Madrid. However, the former Netherlands international failed to retake his previous heights with his other clubs.

The forward, who left Madrid after four seasons for Hamburg and then Malaga, has been in and out since he left United.

4. Andy Cole – Striker

Andy Cole has been a prolific striker in his career, and his partnership with Dwight Yorke at Old Trafford has been incredible.

However, the former England international was renowned for his introverted character at United, the reason why he failed to partner with others apart from Yorke.

Finally, Cole left United in 2001 moving to Blackburn Rovers, but he started to slow down in his form.

Since he left the Old Trafford side, the striker played for 8 clubs including United rivals Manchester City. But the Englishman was always in poor form as he failed to score even one goal at Sunderland and Burnley.

3. David Beckham – Winger

Beckham has been an outstanding player at Manchester United as he was part of the famous ‘Class of 92’.

The former England international was renowned for his crossing and passing skills, and bending free-kicks.

As he was a product of Sir Alex Ferguson’s school of hard graft at Old Trafford, in 2003 the manager said that Beckham became bigger than the club.

David decided to quit United in the summer of 2003 for Real Madrid, staying at Santiago Bernabeu for four seasons.

He left La Liga giants in 2007 for MLS side LA Galaxy in 2007; but surely there is no doubt that his career declined after leaving the Theatre Of Dreams.

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