Sir Alex Ferguson's 10 Biggest Transfer Flops at Manchester United

« Prev
1 of 12
Next »
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow
Sir Alex Ferguson's 10 Biggest Transfer Flops at Manchester United
Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Bye bye Owen...I was there...

Every United fan will have their own list of the worst signings ever and, as he's been in the job for 25 years, most of them would be down to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Practically speaking, both Owen Hargreaves and Diego Forlan should appear on a top 10 flop list that the great Scot has signed. They both cost loads of money and United never got the value out of either.

In the case of Forlan, the legend says he was hijacked from Middlesborough's clutches at the airport. Extraordinary to reflect that he is still regarded as one of the most effective strikers in the world as he failed to score in his first season at United.

In fact he only scored 17 goals in 98 matches, which is probably more than many people think. To put it in perspective, he then scored 59 in 128 for Villareal and 96 in 197 for Atletico Madrid. To rub salt in the wound, he was top scorer at the 2010 World Cup and voted best player at the tournament.

But you can't include him in a list like this; nor Owen Hargreaves.They were both outstanding players. Owen would have filled the gap left by Roy Keane perfectly and was regarded as a first choice for England when fit. This was partly because of his versatility; he could play left back as well as defensive midfield. He also took a mean free kick.

The first name on our list of 10 falls into this category also—world class players who never really made it at Old Trafford.

In Hargreaves' case it was injury; Forlan bad luck; our first choice may simply have been too good. 

Please post your own choices after reviewing this list.

Begin Slideshow »
Load More Stories