Man United: 5 star players who flopped at club but excelled after leaving

Man United: 5 star players who flopped at club but excelled after leaving

Man United is every footballer's dream place to play at the highest level of their career before calling it quits when their form declines.

And with a record 13 league titles to their name, Man United have been without doubt one of the most successful clubs since the Premier League was founded 27 years ago.

Despite the Red Devils' slump in recent years, United have still remained one of the most attractive clubs in the world.

As such, the Manchester outfit has appeared to entice almost any player to join them at Old Trafford.

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Whereas there have been countless phenomenal signings, there have also been several catastrophic ones.

Legit.ng now takes a look at five signings who flopped with the Red Devils only to shine after leaving:

5. Wilfried Zaha

Zaha was an excellent signing for United in 2013 having emerged as a hot prospect while at Crystal Palace.

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However, he endured a difficult spell at Manchester that was punctuated with a strained relationship with then manager David Moyes.

Man United news: 5 star players who flopped at club but excelled after leaving

Zaha joined Man United under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. Photo: Getty Images
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He would later fall out of favour under the Scottish, making just four appearances before leaving on loan.

He went on to rediscover his spark at both Cardiff City and Crystal Palace, before making a return to the Eagles on a permanent basis.

He has since developed into a Premier League star, courting interest from top clubs including Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.

4. Radamel Falcao

The Colombian was one of the most lethal forwards at Porto, Atletico Madrid and at Monaco.

However, his loan switch to United in 2014 was characterized with a deep in form and nearly career-ending ACL injury that left him sidelined for over six months.

Man United news: 5 star players who flopped at club but excelled after leaving

Radamel Falcao in action for Manchester United. Photo: Getty Images
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During his time at Old Trafford, he scored a paltry four Premier League goals in 26 matches.

He, however, made a remarkable comeback as he went on to score 70 goals in three seasons for Monaco.

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He also played an integral part in the French side's 2016-17 Ligue 1 title triumph.

3. Memphis Depay

Depay signed for United in 2015 for in a deal worth £25m.

Having shone in the Dutch topflight league, he was touted as one of the hottest prospects in Europe, earning comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Man United news: 5 star players who flopped at club but excelled after leaving

Depay signed for United in 2015 from PSV Eindhoven. Photo: Getty Images
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Unfortunately, things failed to work out for at Old Trafford, struggling in front of goal as he netted just seven goals in his 53 appearances for the club.

He was sold to Lyon after only 18 months at United where he went on to rediscover his fine form.

2. Angel Di Maria

The Argentinian looked promising in his first few weeks at Manchester United career.

And for a moment, it felt like United had finally found the perfect replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Man United news: 5 star players who flopped at club but excelled after leaving

The Argentine spent just one season with the Red Devils. Photo: Getty Images
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However, that would fizzle away in the subsequent months as the former Real Madrid star endured a sudden decline in form.

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He went on to seal a sensational move to PSG where he has established himself as an integral squad member.

1. Gerard Pique

Pique was a youngster and a peripheral figure in United’s squad when the side won the Premier League and Champions League in the 2007-08 campaign under Sir Alex Ferguson.

After failing to break into the club's starting line up, the Spaniard made a return to Barcelona under Pep Guardiola.

It is at Nou Camp where he made a name for himself as one of Europe's most outstanding defender.

He has since won the Champions League three times, La Liga eight times and the Copa Del Rey six times at Barcelona and the World Cup with Spain in 2010.

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Legit.ng had earlier reported that Manchester Unired are reportedly planning to launch a £90 million bid for West Ham United midfield maestro Declan Rice.

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The Red Devils are still unsure of Paul Pogba's future at Old Trafford despite managing to keep the Frenchman from leaving them this summer.

However, SunSport quoting Noel Whelan claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could make a move for the Engnald international when transfer window opens in January.

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