7 flops Man Utd spent more money on than Mauricio Pochettino’s compensation fee

Mauricio Pochettino is amongst the favourites to be appointed the next Manchester United manager following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss is reportedly interested in becoming United manager and is understood to be unhappy at current club Paris Saint-Germain.

If United choose to appoint Pochettino, The Mirror report they will have to pay the French giants £10million in compensation, which would drop to £8.4million if they wait until the summer.

The club have said they intend to install an interim boss until the end of the season before hiring a new permanent manager in the summer.

So, here are seven United flops who cost the club more than Pochettino's PSG compensation fee.

Angel Di Maria

When Angel Di Maria arrived at Old Trafford from Real Madrid in the summer of 2014 for £67.5million he became the club's record signing.

However, the Argentina international lasted just one season in England before being sold to PSG for a £10million loss.

He started well at United by scoring three goals and providing three assists in his first five league appearances, but failed to score again in the Premier League.

Overall, Di Maria made 32 appearances for United in all competitions and scored just four goals from midfield.

Juan Sebastian Veron

Another former record signing, Juan Sebastian Veron arrived as United's marquee signing in the summer of 2001 from Lazio for £40million.

Despite winning both the league and cup in Italy, Veron failed to impress at Old Trafford during his two seasons with the club.

Veron started just 35 Premier League matches across two seasons with just 16 in his second season before being sold to Chelsea in 2003.

He lasted just one year in west London before returning to Italy, having disappointed in England.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

United fought of interest from all over Europe to land the signing of Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund in July 2016.

The club parted with £38million for the services of the then 27-year-old, who had come off the back of 11 goals and 20 assists in the Bundesliga the season before.

He failed to replicate this creative spark in Manchester, though, and was reduced to a bit part role by his second season with the club.

In the opening half of the 2017/18 season, Mkhitaryan only started four matches in the league before leaving the club in January.

Alexis Sanchez

When Mkhitaryan left United, he was involved in a unique swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez arrive from Arsenal, with both clubs parting with £30million in the process.

Sanchez had been a key man at the Emirates Stadium before forcing through a move once United's interest became public knowledge.

The Chilean reportedly told his agent he wanted to return to Arsenal as early as following his first training session at United and went on to struggle on the pitch.

In 18 months at United, Sanchez scored just five goals in 45 appearances for the club across all competitions.

Memphis Depay

Sanzhez and Di Maria are joined in the list of underwhelming United number sevens by Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay.

Depay was brought to the club in 2015 by Louis van Gaal in 2015 for £30million, having been taken to the World Cup by him a year earlier aged 20.

Under van Gaal, Depay made 29 league appearances in his first season but returned just two goals and one assist.

Following van Gaal's departure, Depay made just eight appearances under Jose Mourinho the following campaign and was sold to Lyon in January 2017 for £14.5million.

Shinji Kagawa

While not a big-money arrival like others on this list, Shinji Kagawa still cost almost double Pochettino's compensation fee when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund in 2012.

The Japan international arrived at Old Trafford after winning back-to-back league titles in Germany under Jurgen Klopp.

Kagawa managed to score six Premier League goals in his first season as United won the league, despite starting just eight matches.

Having been hampered with knee injuries during his time at United, Kagawa made just nine league starts under David Moyes in his second season before returning to Dortmund for £7million.

Wilfried Zaha

In January 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson signed a then 20-year-old Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace for £10.5million before loaning the youngster back to Palace for the rest of the season.

Zaha helped Palace to promotion to the Premier League before moving to United with six goals and 10 assists as they were promoted via the play-offs.

However, Zaha made just four appearances for United before being loaned to Cardiff City in January 2014.

In the summer of 2014, Zaha re-joined Palace on an initial loan before the move was made permanent for just £3.5million in February 2015.

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