Players who downgraded their career after joining Manchester United

Matteo Darmian:

The Italian full-back was signed during Louis Van Gaal’s reign at Manchester United. Darmian was signed to become an influential player in the United starting XI given the reputation he had in Serie A. Darmian can play both as a right back as well as a left back but surprisingly he has struggled to make a name for himself in England. Post Van Gaal’s sacking, Darmian has struggled to get game time and his form hasn’t been the best. He still has the chance to revive his career at United given how he hasn’t moved away from the club this summer.

Angel Di Maria:

Manchester United made a strong statement by signing Angel Di Maria in 2014 on the insistence of Louis Van Gaal. The record breaking transfer then meant Di Maria had all to prove how worthy he was. After an interesting start to his United’s career, the Argentine struggled to blossom under Van Gaal’s philosophy and his professionalism wasn’t at his best too. He soon preferred a move away to PSG to move away from a forgettable time at United.

Victor Valdes:

Valdes was another signing done under Dutchman Louis Van Gaal. The Spaniard was out of favour at his beloved club Barcelona and United need a back up for De Gea. But the former Atletico Madrid never showed any signs of leaving his position and it only difficult for Valdes to get any game time. He made only two appearances for the Red Devils as his career didn’t last much after he joined Middlesbrough from United, retiring from the game soon after.

Shinji Kagawa:

The Japanese playmaker was a very effective in the quick and fluid attacking style of Borussia Dortmund. Kagawa was signed before Sir Alex Ferguson retired and while it looked that he might be slowly adapting to the Premier League, Kagawa’s spell at United didn’t turn out to be well especially under Sir Alex’s successor David Moyes. The Japanese midfielder soon sought a return to Dortmund and has been doing decently well with the German club right now.

Anthony Martial:

Martial looked a stunning signing for United when Louis Van Gaal managed to get his signature. Martial earned a lot of plaudits at Monaco and it was about time he moved away from the French club. Luckily for United, they managed to sign him comparatively in an easy fashion and Martial’s early performances at United looked as if United had found their replacement for Ronaldo. Martial looked very deadly with his dribbling and nimble foot-work under Van Gaal but the Frenchman has struggled immensely to impress current United manager Jose Mourinho. His off the field antics too hasn’t made things easier for him and it is interesting to see what the young Frenchman will be willing to do with his United career if things stay the same way.