Manchester United have struggled to add to their illustrious trophy cabinet since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, with some top players failing to win much, or anything, while they were at the club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to lead the club to the Europa League crown this quarter, which would be the club’s first piece of silverware since Jose Mourinho’s side won the competition four years ago. Meanwhile, 10 of their former players have won trophies elsewhere.
Here are the 10 players who have left Old Trafford since 2015 and won silverware in one of Europe’s most prestigious leagues.
Angel Di Maria
United’s first real signing in the post-Ferguson era, Di Maria showed an odd flash (he’ll always have that goal against Leicester) but never quite settled down in Manchester.
Still, the club managed to recoup most of the £ 59million spend after just a year, when the Argentine signed for PSG in 2015, becoming his second most expensive signing after Edinson Cavani.
The Champions League remains elusive and Di Maria was somewhat overshadowed by the subsequent arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, but he remained an important cog as the Parisians continued to dominate French domestic football.
He recorded a club record of 108 assists and is currently fighting for a fifth Ligue 1 title in six years, as well as four Coupe de France trophies and four Coupe de la Ligue.
Having let his contract expire in the summer of 2019, Herrera left United after five years to be part of Thomas Tuchel’s project in the French capital.
Reuniting with Di Maria, Herrera added an extra touch to the PSG midfielder, and his first season ended with a domestic treble as well as a second place in the Champions League.
The Coupe de la Ligue has since been dropped, but PSG remain in contention to win both the Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France in 2020-2021, which would see Herrera maintain his sweep of French national honors.
Italy international Darmian played a starring role in his first season at United, making 39 appearances in 2015-16, but he was pushed to the periphery after Jose Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal.
Few would have imagined he would win the Scudetto when he left for Parma in the summer of 2019, but he became an unlikely hero on loan to Antonio Conte’s Inter in 2020-21, in an eclectic squad. filled with Premier League comrades. old students.
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Conte had no qualms about bringing graying veterans to San Siro, Young, a 35-year-old utility, proving himself a useful asset in Inter’s successful attempt to end Juventus’ nine-year dynasty.
The former England international, who has made more than 250 appearances in eight and a half years at United, made 23 Serie A appearances in Inter’s long-awaited Scudetto victory.
“It’s obviously nice to win the Premier League and then to go into a new league and win that too is just amazing, an amazing feeling,” Young told Sky Sports.
“It’s never easy to leave a club in January, but I look back now and think I made the right decision. I always wanted to go out and win. I have this ambition, this will and this desire to win.
“Obviously, the first season, we reached the final of the Europa League which we unfortunately lost. We also lost the league by a point and I think that might have given us the incentive this season to go out and get ourselves a trophy and win Serie A. Go there and make that decision, I think that ‘ was the best I took. . “
We are unlikely to ever see the Chilean at his Arsenal peak again, but he still has a lot to give, having been written off by many during his unhappy time at Manchester.
Conte has tended to use Sanchez as an impact substitute, with 29 of his 49 Serie A appearances coming off the bench. The decision to turn his loan into a permanent deal – for free, nothing less – paid off, with the player scoring five goals and five assists in his winning campaign.
He averaged one goal or assist every 88 minutes in the Italian top flight – a sharp increase in the goal contribution every 213 minutes in the Premier League with United.
Lukaku was the subject of much criticism for his perceived clumsiness and poor physical condition at Old Trafford, which led Solskjaer to allow him to leave in 2019.
Belgium’s all-time top scorer has adapted to a Mediterranean diet at Inter, losing a stone and a half after Inter nutritionists quickly identified a faulty digestive system.
Since then, Lukaku has looked like one of Europe’s top No.9s, proving talismanic in Inter’s first league title in 11 years. The 27-year-old has scored 21 goals and registered 10 more assists in their Scudetto triumph, the first trophy of his career since winning the Belgian title with Anderlecht in 2009-10.
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Januzaj may not have hit the heights he expected when he started to break through as a shining light in David Moyes’ otherwise miserable tenure at United, but he didn’t hurt too much for himself. Unlike Moyes, the Belgian winger seemed quite at home in San Sebastian.
He has made more than 100 appearances for Real Sociedad since leaving Old Trafford in 2017 and was part of the squad that won the club’s first Copa Del Rey in 34 years. But he had to settle for being an unused substitute in the long-delayed 2019-20 Basque derby final against Athletic Bilbao, a deserved 1-0 victory, in April 2021.
Now in MLS with LA Galaxy, Mexican fox in the box Hernandez has also shown up for Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham and Sevilla since bidding Manchester farewell in 2017.
He only made 15 appearances for Sevilla in his half-season in 2019-2020, and he had left for Los Angeles by the time the Europa League knockout stage unfolded, but he won a medal after winning the competition, after winning the competition. scored two goals in four starts in the group stage.
Returning to his childhood club Ajax, Blind provided a vital experience alongside youngsters Mathijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong as they knocked out Juventus and Real Madrid before coming back within seconds of reserving their place for the 2019 Champions League final.
The versatile defender won four successive Eredivisie titles with Ajax between 2010 and 2014, but the Amsterdam giants’ four-year fallow period coincided with his time in Manchester.
They returned to the top of the tree on his return, completing a championship and cup double in 2018-19 and 2020-21. They were also in the lead when the 2019-20 campaign was declared void due to the early end imposed by the pandemic.
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Robin van persie
The Dutch striker didn’t win any silverware for two years with Fenerbahce, but he enjoyed a fairytale return to his first club Feyenoord, seeing his career where it started.
Van Persie won the Dutch Cup in 2018, after scoring the second goal in a 3-0 win over AZ Alkmaar in the final.
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