Manchester United’s Worst Signings – The 20-time English champions have made some amazing signings over the years, but they have not been without their bloopers in the market either.
Some of the signings made by Manchester United over the course of the last 30 years have changed the football world as we know it. But for every Cantona there is a Kleberson.
Louis van Gaal and David Moyes received criticism for their various failures in the market, but Sir Alex Ferguson racked a fair few up in his 27 seasons too and he was far from the first United boss to be made to look a bit silly.
Perhaps a club as successful as United is there to be shot at more than most, so poor signings are remembered with some fondness by rival fans. But there has been plenty of ammunition offered up over the years in that regard.
Below, Goal goes through the 15 worst signings that the Reds have ever made…
BEBE | From Vitoria Guimaraes | £7.4m (€9m) | 2010
Bebe’s arrival at Manchester United was a real curiosity from the start, coming barely a year after he had been playing at the Homeless World Cup. It was also a point of note that his Old Trafford move had come days after a change in agents, with his new partners Gestifute having worked closely with United before.
What followed was an unmitigated disaster. Bebe never made a Premier League start for the club so obvious was his lack in quality, and he tallied only seven appearances in total before being sent on various loans over the following three seasons.
United eventually got him off the books in 2014 ahead of two failed seasons with Benfica, and Bebe later admitted he hadn’t wanted to be a footballer when he was younger. “I had eight years in an orphanage. There, I did not like football but my friends always wanted to play and I had no choice but to join in.”