Manchester United’s recent terrible record signing South American players as Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles arrive at Old Trafford
What looked like an outdated transfer window for Manchester United suddenly came to life on deadline day.
After weeks of negotiations, Porto star Alex Telles, a highly regarded full-back known for his attacking prowess, has finally arrived.
But most importantly was the signing of former Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.
The 33-year-old, who has 341 goals in his club career, joins United on a free transfer and bolsters his attacking options.
There will be a disappointment not to sign Jadon Sancho, but the acquisition of Cavani and Telles should excite United fans nonetheless.
The acquisition of Cavani has received a blessing from Ryan Giggs, with United legend praising the player’s pace of work who will serve him well at Old Trafford.
However, some fans will be wary of their suspicious track record when signing South American players, with talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan saying the deal reminds him of when United signed Radamel Falcao.
And talkSPORT.com has looked at Man United’s South American signings since Ed Woodward became executive vice president of Old Trafford in the summer of 2013.
A low-key start in the transfer market under Woodward’s leadership – Marouane Fellaini was the Red Devils’ high-profile signing.
United were ambitious, however, deals to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara fell through.
But one deal they made was Varela of Uruguayan club Penarol.
Die-hard United fans will remember him, but most football fans won’t, as his time at Old Trafford was not at all memorable. Varela has made eleven appearances in four years at Old Trafford.
The following summer, Woodward made a signing madness in South America, buying three players from the continent.
Argentina defender Rojo was signed for £ 16million as he helped his country reach the 2014 World Cup final.
He won an FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League with the Red Devils, but struggled to make a name for himself at the club mainly due to lingering injuries.
Rojo tried to join Everton in the summer of 2019, but this decision was unsuccessful. Barring very late business, he should see the final year of his Man United contract where he likely won’t be close to the first team.
Angel Di Maria
There was huge excitement when Rojo’s national team colleague Di Maria joined Real Madrid in the same summer.
Everything seemed so justified when in one of his first games, Di Maria scored a nice chip at Leicester. It was probably his best moment for United and he left for Paris Saint-Germain a year later.
Di Maria wasn’t hated when he played for United, but there is bad blood between the player and Red Devils fans these days.
The winger’s wife has been quoted describing Manchester as an “s *******”, as she was heard telling Old Trafford worshipers to “get the hell out” at the celebration of ‘a goal against United for PSG in the Champions League tied in the 2018/19 season.
But perhaps the biggest disappointment of that crazy summer was Falcao, who, like Di Maria, also lasted a season at Old Trafford.
The Colombian hotshot was on loan from Monaco, but United didn’t feel the need to try to extend that as he only scored four goals in 29 appearances.
It certainly wasn’t the same Falcao who scored left, right and center at Atletico Madrid, after suffering a cruciate ligament rupture in January 2014.
Falcao went to Chelsea on loan the following season but wasn’t much better if that can console Man United fans.
At the time, goalkeeper Romero was known as the “best number 2 in the world” after his exploits helped Argentina reach the World Cup final.
He was duly signed in 2015 to be David de Gea’s understudy and that is exactly what he has been for the past six years.
Romero has impressive stats – 27 clean sheets in 61 matches – but many of them will have come in League Cup or Europa League group matches.
He seems eager to leave United and Everton were keen on him. This did not happen, which elicited an angry reaction from his wife.
United moved Heaven and Earth (and offered him a salary of £ 505,000 a week) to beat rivals Manchester City to Sanchez signing from Arsenal.
However, they will wish they hadn’t come this far considering his stay can only be considered a disastrous one as he has only scored five goals in 45 appearances for United.
Having finally managed to sell him this summer, Sanchez joined Inter Milan after spending last season on loan with the Italian club.
However, there is clearly no love lost between United and Sanchez. The 31-year-old recently claimed he tried to break his contract with United after ONE day of training.
It’s difficult to assess Fred’s time at Man United so far. In his first season, the £ 47million man was the laughing stock of his bad displays.
However, he improved considerably in 2019/20 but lost his place in the first team following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January.
Fred hasn’t started any of United’s Premier League games this season and with Donny van de Beek signing earlier this summer, it’s hard to see the Brazilian having much of a future there.