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Sir Alex Fergusons worst buys including jesper blomqvist.

Updated on February 7, 2013
Kleberson
Kleberson

Jose Kleberson

Singed from Althetico Paranense for £6.5 million after winning the world cup in 2002 with Brazil.

Played for United from 2003 to 2005 making 20 appearances and scoring 2 goals. An attacking midfield that at times showed real class but due to injury he didn't fulfil his potential with United.

Was sold to Besiktas for £2.5 million, making Man united make a lose of £4 million.

Alan Smith's leg injury in the match against Liverpool in 2006.
Alan Smith's leg injury in the match against Liverpool in 2006.

Alan Smith

A very controversal signing from Leeds United in 2004 after making 172 appearances for them and scoring 38 goals.

Cost Man United £7 million and lasted up until 2007 before being shipped out to Newcastle United. He made 61 appearnaces with united and scored 7 goals.

Alan Smith started out as a striker before SAF tried to convert him to a holding midlfielder due to his combatitive style. He suffered a horrific leg injury in the match against Liverpool in 2006 and although he recovered very well and got back to first team fitness he was sold to Newcastle United for £6 million with United taking a lose of £1 million.

Diego Forlan
Diego Forlan

Diego Forlan

A relative unknown when signed from Independiente in 2001 for £6.9 million. Forlan made 63 appearances for united between 2001 and 2004, scoring 10 goals.

A striker with a fantastic record coming from Independiente, 80 appearances and scored 37 goals but failed to match that with United. A lack of first team opportunities and a drop in confidence saw him become a bit of a joke figure at united but since moving to Villarreal he has become one of the top forwards in Europe. Was sold on a free to Villarreal so United made a total lose of £6.9 million on him.

Eric Djemba Djemba
Eric Djemba Djemba

Eric Djemba Djemba

A tough tackling midfielder who was hailed as a replacement for Roy Keane, this was never to be. "So good they named him twice" was one of the famous quotes about him but in truth SAF hailed him as his 2nd worst buy.

Was bought from Nantes for £3.5 million in 2003 and played with United till 2005 making 20 appearances and scoring 1 goal.

Sold on to Aston Villa for £1.5 million, making a lose of £2 million.

Juan Sebastian Veron
Juan Sebastian Veron

Juan Sebastion Veron

"Seba" as the players called him arrived from Lazio for a then EPL record of £28.1 million. A massive favoutire of Sven Goran Erricksson who signed him on two separate occasions before he joined up with United.

A cenrtal midfeilder who was going to bring a different class to the team with fantastic passing and positioning. Played 51 games for United and scored 7 goals between the 2001 and 2003 seasons before being sold to Chelsea for £15 million. Though United made a lose of £13.1 million on him SAF must have knew he made a massive mistake on siging him if he was prepared to sell him to another EPL top 4 team.

Liam Miller
Liam Miller

Liam Miller

Liam was going to be another comparison to Roy Keane even though the only thing they had in common was that they both played midfield and came from Cork, Ireland. Their styles of football couldn't have been on more oppostie planes.

Arrived from Cetlic on a free transfer in 2004 and played with United till 2006 only making 9 appearances and no goals. A massive flop and only really bought after 1 good season with Celtic.

Was then sold onto Sunderland on a free transfer.

David Bellion
David Bellion

David Bellion

A striker that United seem to be chasing for a while when he arrived from Sunderland for £3 million.

Scored 4 goals in 24 appearances between 2003 and 2006 before being sold to Nice for £440 thousand.

not much can be said for him, which makes it even more reason to rate him as one of SAF's worst buys.

Jesper Blomqvist
Jesper Blomqvist

Jesper Blomqvist

The Swedish midfielder arrived from Parma for £4.4 million and was going to be back up to Ryan Giggs.

Only managed 25 games and 1 goal between 1998 and 2001 but a lot of that was down to injuries. Became a bit of a fans favourite after presenting his own cookery show on the MUTV channel.

Moved to Everton in 2001 on a free transfer.

Karel Poborsky
Karel Poborsky

Karel Poborsky

After a brilliant display in the 96 Euro's he was snapped up by SAF for £3.5 million from Slavia Prague.

Played 32 games, scoring 5 times as a right sided winger between 1996 and 1998 but a bit like Diego Forlan he seemed to produce his best football once he left United.

Moved to Benfica for £2.5 million, making a loss of £1 million.

Massimo Taibi
Massimo Taibi

Massimo Taibi

A keeper who his time at United was more famous for his gaffes than anything else.

Signed from Veneza for £4.5 million in 1999 as one of a few possible replacements for Peter Schmeichel along with Mark Bosnich but failed disastrously.

Joined Reggina after 1 season for £2.5 million.

Raplh Milne
Raplh Milne

Raplh Milne

Hailed by SAF as his worst buy ever, although only costing United £170 thousand, making 22 appearnces and 2 goals. SAF must have really thought he was bad to give him that label considering all the other contenders.

Who do you think was the worst?

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The outcasts

Of course the players mentioned above are but a few, need we forget Bebe, Lauren Blanc, Mark Bosnich, Cruyff and Dion Dublin.

The players that got away.

Please look out for my hub on the players Sir Alex let go as he thought they weren't good enough only for them to go on to great things.

Diego Forlan will be there along with Gerard Pique and a few others from over the years.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Very interesting Hub on your game of "Football." Voted up.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      Great Hub, a fellow red then i take it! Should put up a Poll ;)

      Possible David Bellion, i dunno, many candidates

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      IOwn 4 years ago from My laptop in the UK

      Jesus christ, it's embarrassing looking back at some of those signings!

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      funnily enough, you ask anyone which manager makes the best signings and judges a players potential and i can guarentee most people say Fergie :)

      but then looking at this list ha, i wonder if you could make a simillar list for every manager

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      IOwn 4 years ago from My laptop in the UK

      10 worst buys from every Prem manager would be good

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      Anthony Binks 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      IOwn

      I might do that one, would be a great read and what manager has a habit of forking out for dodgey players, although good when he is fit, Roque Santa Cruz would have to be up there.

      CCahill

      I think everyone puts SAF on the top of most lists when it comes to the EPL, simply because he has to be the king of it from the amount of titles he has won.

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      Troyangeluk 4 years ago from UK

      I thought Forlan was an ok player but your 100percent right about the rest lol great hub.

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      Thomas Swan 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Forlan is world class, it's strange that he never made it at United. Poborsky is a clever player too, but better suited to less combative leagues. I remember finding the Taibi gaffes so funny at the time, his name will forever live on for that!

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      Anthony Binks 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thomas,

      It would seem some players don't suit certain team styles of play and Forlan was one for United. He is a world class player and showed everyone when he left United.

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