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Manchester United’s rejects who succeeded at other clubs:

5. Dion Dublin

Dublin was quite an effective striker at Cambridge United during the early 1990s, helping the club to promote to the Second division. It was disheartening for Manchester United as they missed out to sign Alan Shearer in the summer of 1992 and opted to sign Dion Dublin for £1m. He was injured in the second match itself and found it difficult to make it to the first team with the excellent form of Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona. Dublin joined Coventry City and was quite good there, winning the Golden Boot in 1997/98 scoring 18 goals which earned him a move to Aston Villa. Get our football betting tips here. 

4. Danny Drinkwater

Danny came through United’s academy and was included in the senior squad for the last league match of the 2009/10 season. There on, Drinkwater was loaned to multiple clubs including Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City, Watford, Barnsley and was finally sold to Leicester City in 2012. The move worked fantastically well for the Englishman as he was a key member in helping the Foxes earn promotion to the top division and becoming the League winner the following season. He has also made it to the English team and is doing well with his career right now.

3. Angel Di Maria

A lot was expected when United signed Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid under the reign of Louis Van Gaal. He was one of Madrid’s key men then but opted to move away, and the move looked well for him initially. The second half of his season at United went downhill as he failed to perform at the highest level, including receiving a red card against Arsenal in the FA Cup Quarter Finals. He wasted no time in joining Paris Saint Germain the following season and has been doing very well ever since. He has assisted in 32 goals in the last two seasons, and it surely makes United fans wish that Maria performed on a similar level at United.

2. Wilfried Zaha

Zaha impressed Sir Alex Ferguson which tempted the Scottish manager to sign him, but soon Sir Alex announced his retirement. Zaha looked a great prospect, but it didn’t feel so when he was playing under David Moyes at United. Maybe it wasn’t his mistake. Nevertheless, it didn’t work for him as he was loaned out to Cardiff City for the remainder of that season and loaned to Crystal Palace for the next season where he was permanently transferred. Since then, Zaha has been able to unleash his talent at Palace and become one of the most impressive wingers in the league.

1. Michael Keane

The Englishman was rather unlucky to not to be noticed due to the constant change in management at United post – Sir Alex’s retirement. Keane looked solid as a defender but couldn’t get the chance he deserved at United and was loaned to Burnley under Louis Van Gaal as the move got permanent at the end of the season. His form has been quite amazing since then, even helping him earn an England call-up and while he was linked to return to United, he has now ended up at Everton. 

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