Manchester United have built a reputation as one of the greatest football clubs in the history of the game; all that is down to the legends that have passed through their doors. However, not every player who has played for the Red Devils has had the same destiny as Giggs and Scholes.
10. Patrice Evra
Patrice Evra’s eight-year trophy-laden spell with the Red Devils came to an end in the summer of 2014, when the club offloaded him in a mass exodus, just two months after he had extended his contract by a year.
Manchester United brought in Luke Shaw from Southampton for £27 million. But little did they know that the player would be constantly marred by injuries and remain on the sidelines at Old Trafford. The youngster failed to become a worthy successor for the Frenchman.
9. David Platt
David Platt was a product of Manchester United’s youth academy who signed a professional contract with the club in 1984. However, after a mere six months, the Englishman found himself at Crewe Alexandra in the Fourth Division after being discarded by the club.
To his credit, he bounced back and showed them how wrong they were in letting go of him. He achieved success with the likes of Juventus and Arsenal, becoming a key player for the English national side.
8. Gerard Pique
A product of La Masia, Gerard Pique served a spell in the youth academy at Manchester United before breaking into the first team in 2005. But, homesickness became the crucial reason behind his departure from England.
At Barcelona, Gerard Pique is one of the best defenders of the generation. The number of trophies he has won may well be enough for United to get upset about letting him return to Spain. Despite having Vidic and Ferdinand, Ferguson would, no doubt, have relished holding on to Pique back then.
7. Javier Hernandez
Chicharito arrived at United from Guadalajara in 2010 and became an instant fan-favorite following a 20-goal haul in all competitions in his debut season. However, after six years with the club, he was sold to Bayer Leverkusen after falling out with David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal.
The interesting thing is, it is Jose Mourinho who regrets his sale, albeit he didn’t have the chance to manage him. And you can’t blame him, can you? Chicharito scored 39 goals in 76 appearances for Leverkusen.
6. Jaap Stam
Dutch centre-back Japp Stam joined Manchester United in 1999 for £10.6 million, becoming the most expensive Dutchman in football history back then. However, an association which was worth lasting a decade ended when the defender was controversially sold to Italian outfit Lazio.
Years later, Sir Alex expressed his regret over the decision stating, ‘When I think of disappointments, obviously Jaap Stam was always a disappointment to me, I made a bad decision there.”
5. David Beckham
David Beckham had already become the most popular player of his generation when he left for Real Madrid in 2003 following a rift with Sir Alex Ferguson. The fans were angered by their legendary no.7’s sale. However, Beckham failed to replicate his success at Real Madrid; then regret his sale?
Sometimes, our love for our favorites prevails over everything else, and that’s what happened in Beckham’s case. He might not have been at his belligerent best, but many fans pined to see those pin-point crosses and free-kicks at the Stretford End even after his departure.