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Ranking Bebe in Manchester United's 5 Worst Transfer Mistakes

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentAugust 9, 2014

Ranking Bebe in Manchester United's 5 Worst Transfer Mistakes

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    Manchester United have pulled off plenty of transfer coups.

    Their history is peppered with stories of players who arrived at Old Trafford and achieved great things.

    But for every Eric Cantona, there is a Bebe. For every Cristiano Ronaldo, there is a Ralph Milne.

    For every success, there has been a failure.

    Here's a list of United's top five transfer mistakes. Weight has been added for the fee paid and their impact. Or lack of it.

    Feel free to use the comments section below to agree, disagree and add your own.

5. Juan Sebastian Veron

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    Juan Sebastian Veron's talent is not in question. But he never showed enough of it at United—especially after Sir Alex Ferguson paid Lazio £28.1 million for his services.

    He lasted just two years at Old Trafford before moving to Chelsea for £15 million in 2003.

    He was, however, part of the team that won the Premier League title in the 2002/03 season.

4. William Prunier

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    French defender William Prunier joined United on loan from Bordeaux in 1995.

    A permanent move was expected to follow. But it never happened.

    He played just twice for United, his second game ending in a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Tottenham. He never played for the club again.

    He signed for Montpellier in 1996.

3. Ralph Milne

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    Even Sir Alex Ferguson admits that signing Ralph Milne was a mistake.

    The Scottish midfielder moved to Old Trafford from Bristol City for £170,000 in 1988, but he only played 23 league games before finally leaving on a free transfer in 1991.

    He didn't play professional football again.

2. Massimo Taibi

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    Massimo Taibi joined United for £4.5 million in 1999. And his career in English football got off to a good start when he won the man-of-the-match award on his debut at Anfield.

    But his time at Old Trafford is remembered for letting Matt Le Tissier's weak shot through his legs during a 3-3 draw with Southampton.

    Taibi played just four league games for United before being shipped back off to Italy with Reggina.

1. Bebe

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    When Bebe joined United in 2010, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed the Portugal forward was the only player he'd ever signed having never seen him play.

    Had he seen Bebe play, it's unlikely he would have shelled out £7.4 million.

    He made just seven appearances for the club—at a cost of more than £1 million a game—before finally leaving for Benfica this summer.

    He's regularly voted United's worst signing.

     

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