ALEXIS SANCHEZ has put his Manchester United nightmare behind him by clinching a season-long loan deal at Inter Milan.
…That is, if you can call earning £505,000-a-week a "nightmare".
United have a history of making some incredible signings – but also appear to have a knack for spending big on flops.
From Sanchez and Angel Di Maria to Juan Sebastian Veron and Fred, check out our best XI of United mega-money failures.
GOALKEEPER – Anders Lindegaard
From: Aalesund (2010)
WHILE not exactly expensive in modern money, £5m on a goalkeeper who featured just 19 times in five years is hardly a bargain.
Since quitting United, Lindegaard has turned out for West Brom and Preston, before joining Premier League side Burnley in 2017 where he was released this summer having failed just twice – both in the Carabao Cup.
DEFENDER – Matteo Darmian
From: Torino (2015)
DARMIAN has played 60 times in the Prem in four years at United, but never made the right-back slot his own.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka's arrival saw his surplus to requirements, and he joined Parma on a four-year deal in September.
DEFENDER – Daley Blind
From: Ajax (2014)
ALWAYS a tough one to judge, Blind both proved he was a good footballer and failed to shine while at Man Utd.
After four years at the club, Blind opted to head back to Ajax last year where he has gone on to become a key player once more – and helped his side reach the Champions League semi-finals last season.
DEFENDER – Marcos Rojo
From: Sporting (2014)
ANOTHER defender United can't seem to budge, Rojo has been plagued by injuries and lack of form in his five years at the club.
He has appeared in nine games in all competitions this season.
CM – Morgan Schneiderlin
From: Southampton (2015)
AFTER seven years at Saints, Schneiderlin was supposed to be United's midfield maestro for years to come.
But after just two years, the France star was shipped off to Everton with 32 very underwhelming appearances under his belt.
CM – Juan Sebastian Veron
From: Lazio (2001)
ARGUABLY one of the best midfielders of his generation, the only positive about Veron's time at United was this: At least it was better than his time at Chelsea.
Both transfers frequently pop up in "worst Premier League transfers of all-time" lists – and with good reason.
The ex-Lazio man could have helped United be as unstoppable in Europe as they were domestically, but alas, it wasn't to be.
CM – Fred
From: Shakhtar Donetsk (2018)
A HUGE-MONEY signing last summer, Fred has been thoroughly underwhelming for United.
The Brazilian has just 30 league appearances and a single goal to his name,.
CAM – Henrikh Mkhitaryan
From: Borussia Dortmund (2016)
SOUGHT-AFTER by a host of Europe's giants during his days in Ukraine and Germany, Man Utd won the race for Mkhitaryan's signature.
But after 39 disappointing Prem appearances he was part of the ill-fated swap deal with Arsenal for Sanchez…
FW – Angel Di Maria
From: Real Madrid (2014)
SUPERB at Real, brilliant at Paris Saint-German… bang average at United.
Yes, we all remember that goal against Leicester, but what else did Di Maria do at Old Trafford? Very, very little.
His single season at United was worth nowhere near the £59.7m spent, before he went on to thrive in Ligue 1.
FW – Romelu Lukaku
From: Everton (2017)
BOTH Chelsea and United were chasing Lukaku and Alvaro Morata in the summer of 2017.
Maybe things would have been different for the two flop strikers had they switched destinations.
But Lukaku – save for a few brief matches where he showed his unstoppable potential – was dreadful at United… at least, by the standard we now hold him to.
Shipped off to Inter in the summer, with the player banging in goals for fun in Italy.
FW – Alexis Sanchez
From: Arsenal (2018)
A FREE signing. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, throwing £505,000-a-week down the drain and struggling to sell him due to his wages, that's what.
Former Barcelona and Arsenal star Sanchez scored three – just THREE – goals during his 18 months at Old Trafford… that's roughly £40m in wages.
- Anderson – £20m (Porto, 2007)
- Memphis Depay – £25m (PSV, 2015)
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