In 2012, Man United squandered the opportunity to get one of the greatest Premier League players ever.
After leading Manchester United to prominence during the Premier League era, Sir Alex Ferguson left the club ten years ago.
United has not recovered as a club since the departure of the Scots in 2013, and the board’s careless decisions, particularly in the transfer market, have caused the club’s supporters to suffer.
The signings of Paul Pogba, Harry Maguire, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Alex Sanchez come to mind as transactions that cost the club money in terms of salary and transfer costs but did not advance the team closer to the top of the Premier League.
For all the awards and achievements he brought to Old Trafford, Ferguson was also no stranger to spending money on a player who significantly underperformed. The transactions to bring in Juan Sebastien Veron, Kleberson, and Eric Djemba typified the periods when the illustrious manager made mistakes in the transfer market.
Ferguson was notorious for passing on a ton of top talent that could have further cemented Man United’s dominance, as Ronaldinho, Alan Shearer, and Gareth Bale were all targets at some point in their respective careers.
Another star player the Red Devils missed out on was Eden Hazard in 2012, when Ferguson tried unsuccessfully to capture the young Belgian in the closing months of his reign.