Despite being one of the richest clubs on the earth, Manchester United have usually used the loan market to try and bolster their squad.
United have tried – and failed – to buy a number of forwards this summer season, with govt vice-chairman Ed Woodward coming under rising stress.
With the Red Devils reportedly trying to sign Ousmane Dembele on loan from Barcelona, we’ve looked on the 11 players United have beforehand signed on loan within the Premier League period to see how they fared at Old Trafford.
11. Rafael Leao
No, we’ve by no means heard of him both.
Leao joined United on loan from Desportivo Brasil in 2011 and made a few appearances for his or her reserves before returning to Brazil.
“When my contract ended, Ferguson said to me, ‘Rafael, I would like to thank you for the time you stayed with us. We like you very much, but we would have to loan you to a third or fourth division team in England, it is better for you to return’,” Leao told ESPN Brasil in 2019.
“I thanked him, but later I learned of another situation. Manchester United wanted to keep me for another year on loan, but Desportivo only accepted to sell me because my contract was ending.”
10. Andy Kellett
After spending the first half of the 2014-15 season on loan at League Two side Plymouth Argyle, Kellett accomplished a shock move to United in January 2015.
“He thought I was winding him up,” former Bolton supervisor Neil Lennon told Sky Sports News. “Once I sat him down and he stopped shaking, he seemed to take it all in.”
The defender made 10 appearances for the club’s Under-21s before returning to Bolton, who promptly offered him to Wigan.
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9. Andy Arnott
Arnott joined United on loan from Gillingham ahead of the 1992-93 season and played within the Blue Stars Youth Cup, scoring two goals as United reached the final.
He failed to make a aggressive first-team appearance, nonetheless, and was sent back to Gillingham a few months later.
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8. Fraser Digby
Having served his apprenticeship at United, Digby left for Swindon Town in 1986 following a profitable loan spell.
The goalkeeper made a temporary return to Old Trafford on loan for 2 months in 1992 and was chosen as a substitute on a number of events but by no means got here onto the pitch. He nonetheless loved it, although.
“I was fortunate that I did go back on loan and spend two months at United, which was probably the best two months of my career,” Digby told the Swindon Advertiser in 2015.
“It was under Sir Alex and I labored with Peter Schmeichel. It was implausible to be round them for 2 months and, once I got here back to Swindon, I was like a rejuvenated person.
“When I came back I played all the rest of the season and we ended up beating Leicester and got into the Premiership.”
7. Luke Steele
Steele joined United on a month-long loan deal from Peterborough United in March 2002 and made two appearances for his or her reserves.
The goalkeeper did sufficient to impress coaches and joined the Red Devils on a everlasting deal on the end of the season.
6. Andy Goram
Goram might have been a poor signing for United, but at the least he really played for the club.
When Fabian Barthez and Raymond Van Der Gouw had been sidelined by injuries in 2001, United made the left-field decision to sign a nearly-37-year-old Goram on loan from Motherwell.
The goalkeeper made two appearances as United closed in on the Premier League title, conceding two goals in every game.
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5. Radamel Falcao
Falcao joined United on a season-long loan from Monaco in 2014 with a status as one of the best strikers in Europe.
The Colombia international failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford, nonetheless, scoring simply 4 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions.
He had one other disastrous loan spell at Chelsea before rediscovering his best form with Monaco.
4. Tomasz Kuszczak
Despite West Brom’s relegation in 2006, Kuszczak had impressed sufficiently to earn a loan move to United as Edwin Van Der Sar’s backup.
The goalkeeper gave away – and saved – a penalty on his debut before making one other 12 appearances in all competitions in 2006-07.
He then made the move everlasting on the end of the season.
3. Odion Ighalo
Eyebrows had been raised when United signed the previous Watford striker on loan from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January 2020.
“I never thought this was going to happen, but dreams do come true, so I’m very happy to be here and this is going to be a big and good challenge for me in my career,” Ighalo told MUTV.
He proved his doubters wrong at Old Trafford, scoring 5 instances in his first 19 appearances, incomes a six-month extension to his loan deal.
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2. Henrik Larsson
Larsson solely spent 10 weeks at United before returning to Helsingborgs, but he made fairly an impression in his quick time at Old Trafford.
The striker scored three goals in 13 appearances and proved an influential determine within the dressing room as the Red Devils won the Premier League title in 2007.
“On arrival, he seemed a bit of a cult figure with our players,” Sir Alex Ferguson said after Larsson returned to Sweden.
“They would say his name in awed tones. Cult status can vanish in two minutes if a player isn’t doing his job, yet Henrik retained that aura in his time with us.”
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1. Carlos Tevez
Tevez might have joined arch-rivals Manchester City when his loan deal expired, but don’t neglect simply how good he was at Old Trafford.
Brought in on a two-year loan deal from West Ham/Media Sports Investment, the striker shaped half of one of probably the most feared attacking trios in Premier League historical past alongside Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He scored 34 goals in 99 appearances, successful two Premier League titles, a League Cup, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. Not unhealthy.
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