Five Man Utd players Sir Alex Ferguson would have never signed at Old Trafford

Manchester United have been free-spending in the transfer market since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, but not all of their business has turned out to be successful.

Ferguson ran a tight ship during his lengthy tenure at Old Trafford, and was always in charge of transfer business.

The legendary boss was credited with deciding who would be sold and who would be signed, with very little outside influence.

Since he left, however, United managers have had increasing influence from elsewhere over transfers, with many believing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn't want to sign Donny van de Beek this summer.

Daily Star Sport has identified five players Ferguson wouldn't have signed if he was still at the club.

Paul Pogba

Ferguson was vocal about his part in Paul Pogba's departure from United, and blamed super-agent Mino Raiola.

The young French midfielder was pining for more game time and more money when his contract was up, and subsequently left to join Juventus on a free.

Just a few years later, however, United broke the world transfer record to bring him back to the club in a deal worth £89million.

Despite his obvious talent, there's no way Ferguson would have sanctioned a move for Pogba if he was still in charge.

Donny van de Beek

Van de Beek was a player United didn't seem to need last summer when they signed him.

With Pogba and Bruno Fernandes already available in advanced midfield positions, it seemed a bizarre move for the club to fork out £40m to sign him from Ajax.

It has been claimed that the deal was struck to be an insurance policy in the event of Pogba leaving, but so far the young Dutchman has simply been forced to watch from the sidelines.

It is unlikely Ferguson would have gone for Van de Beek, especially if reports that the deal was organised by those above the manager are correct.

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  • Anthony Martial

    Ferguson loved an out-and-out goalscorer during his time at United.

    Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole to name but a few all played up front under the legendary Scotsman.

    Ferguson had a knack for being able to sniff out a prolific striker and sign him for less than the asking price – as he did when he stole Van Persie from Arsenal for just £24m.

    But it is unlikely he would have allowed United to pay £50m for Martial, a player who has failed to become the goal-hungry striker many predicted he would.


    Then-United boss Jose Mourinho apparently didn't want Fred to be signed during his time at the club.

    However, he is said to have given the green light to the deal because of his fear that United officials wouldn't let him buy another midfielder if he said no.

    Ferguson would never have been backed into a corner over transfer activity, and was always the man with the final say over new signings.

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    Marouane Fellani

    Ferguson's replacement, David Moyes, was desperate to sign Marouane Fellani after taking the helm.

    In the end, it cost them £30m to sign the Belgian from Everton, and his arrival sparked a change in the way United played.

    Fellani ended up playing as a striker under Mourinho as united's style of play moved to a long-ball format.

    Under Moyes, United had an emphasis on getting the ball out wide and pinging crosses into the box.

    Ferguson, however, preferred a direct attacking style of play.

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