As Transfer rumours hit fever pitch, COS contributor Alex Lee asks who is Sir Alex’s worst ever signing?
United fans may be desperate for United to spend some of the millions the Glazer’s insist are there, but here is a warning from history of transfers gone wrong:
Massimo Tiabi: From Venezia for £4.4 million
As Ferguson looked to replace the irreplaceable Peter Schmeichel, his scouts stumbled upon Massimo Tiabi who was earning a decent reputation in Italy, United stepped in and the rest is history.
A mistake against Liverpool, a poor performance against Chelsea, in a 5-0 loss and ‘that’ goal against Southampton earned him the nickname “the Blind Venetian.”
He was swiftly moved on at the end of the season to Reggina never to grace the Old Trafford turf again.
Juan Sebastien Veron £28.1 million from Lazio
La Brujita (Little Witch) arrived at Old Trafford as Ferguson looked to adapt a new playing style in Europe.
His extortionate fee is often why he is in contention for lists such as this, but people seem to forget that the Argentinean was coming into a midfield containing Giggs, Scholes, Beckham and Keane.
He performed well in the Champions League where the pace of play suited him more and despite some good performances in the Premier League these were too infrequent.
Personally I love watching Veron play to this day, he has an elegance about him and a quality that was evident at this year’s World Cup.
The 35 year-old still had something to offer to a side full of young superstars, something Fabio Capello tried to do by coaxing Paul Scholes out of retirement.
However his time in England with United and Chelsea was fraught with inconsistency and clearly the Premier League wasn’t to his tastes.
David Bellion £2m (Compensation) from Sunderland.
Sir Alex has been accused of various misdemeanors in the transfer market in the past, smuggling Berbatov into his car, tapping up Jaap Stam and approaching Dwight Yorke whilst under contract.
When rumours surfaced he’d done the same with David Bellion, United fans must have been thinking he’d be worth it, whilst Sunderland fans were bemused having actually seen him play.
As Thierry Henry was destroying defences throughout the league with his direct approach, Ferguson looked to the relegation-bound Sunderland striker to offer something similar.
It’s safe to say he didn’t.
Bellion managed a handful of goals at his time at Old Trafford, but like many United flops went on to forge a decent career.
A move to Bordeaux under the tutelage of former United defender Laurent Blanc saw the Frenchmen finds his best form.
Like many of the players on this list, it was the pressure of playing for United that inevitably was their downfall.
So we’ve looked at a few of the players who would make a lot of peoples lists, but there are plenty to choose from Eric Djemba-Djemba, Kelberson, William Prunier?
So before we demand Sir Alex goes and out and splashes the cash, let’s hope we’ve been a little more careful scouting this time!
My top five flops would be:
5. Jordi Cruyff
4. Karel Poborsky
3. Eric Djemba-Djemba
2. William Prunier
1. Massimo Tiabi.
Undoubtedly people will have different opinions so please share them, and let’s remember fondly some of the greatest failures to ever grace the Theatre of Dreams.