The 10 players who won a trophy after leaving Man Utd in the last five years
Posted On May 5, 2021
Manchester United have struggled to add to their famous trophy cabinet since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, when some top players failed to win much or anything while at the club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks set to lead the club to the Europa League crown this season, which would be the club’s first silverware since Jose Mourinho’s team won the competition four years ago. At that time, 10 of their former players have won trophies elsewhere.
Here are the 10 players who have left Old Trafford since 2015 and continue to win silverware in one of Europe’s biggest leagues.
Angel Di Maria
United’s first real statement about signing the era after Ferguson, Di Maria showed the odd flash (he will always have that goal against Leicester), but never completely settled in Manchester.
Still, the club managed to recover most of the £ 59m. Spending after just one year when the Argentine signed PSG in 2015 and became their second most expensive signing after Edinson Cavani.
The Champions League remains elusive and Di Maria has been overshadowed by some of the subsequent arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, but he has remained an important cog as Parisiens have continued to dominate domestic French football.
He has a club record of 108 assists and is currently battling for a fifth Ligue 1 title in six years as well as four Coupe de France and four Coupe de la Ligue trophies.
After allowing his contract to expire in the summer of 2019, Herrera left United after five years to become part of Thomas Tuchel’s project in the French capital.
Herrera reunited with Di Maria and added some extra bite to PSG’s midfield, and his debut season ended with a domestic treble as well as a second place finish in the Champions League.
The Coupe de la Ligue has since been scrapped, but PSG remain struggling to win both Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France in 2020-21, which will cause Herrera to maintain its sheer drag of domestic French honors.
Italy’s international Darmian played a prominent role in his debut season at United, making 39 appearances in 2015-16, but was pushed to the periphery after Jose Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal.
Few had imagined that he would continue to win Scudetto when he traveled to Parma in the summer of 2019, but he became an unlikely hero on loan at Antonio Conte’s Inter in 2020-21 in an eclectic squad full of other Premier League alumni.
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Conte had no trouble bringing grizzled veterans to the San Siro, where 35-year-old winger Young proved to be a useful asset in Inter’s successful attempt to end Juventus’ nine-year dynasty.
The former English international, who made over 250 appearances over eight and a half years at United, played 23 Serie A appearances in Inter’s long-awaited Scudetto victory.
“It’s obviously nice to win the Premier League and then go into a new league and win it too is just incredible, an incredible feeling,” Young told Sky Sports.
“It’s never easy to leave a club in January, but I look back now and I think I made the right decision. I always wanted to go out and win. I have the ambition, drive and desire to win.
“Of course the first season we came to the Europa League final, which we unfortunately lost. We also lost the league by one point and I think it could have spurred us on this season to go out and get ourselves a trophy and win Serie A. When I go out there and make that decision, I think it was the best , I took . ”
It is unlikely we will ever see the Chilean return to his Arsenal top, but he still has a lot to give, having been written off by many during his unhappy time in Manchester.
Conte tends to use Sanchez as a substitute, with 29 of his 49 Serie A appearances coming off the bench. The decision to make his loan a permanent deal – free, no less – has borne fruit, with the player scoring five goals and five assists in their title-winning campaign.
He averages a goal or help every 88 minutes in the Italian top flight – a sharp increase in a goal contribution every 213 minutes in the Premier League with United.
Lukaku came under plenty of criticism for perceived clumsiness and poor fitness while at Old Trafford, resulting in Solskjaer’s willingness to let him leave in 2019.
Belgium’s very top scorer adapted to a medieval diet at Inter and lost one and a half stones after Inter’s nutritionists quickly identified a poorly functioning digestive system.
Ever since, Lukaku has looked like one of Europe’s best No. 9s, proving to be talismanic in Inter’s first league title in 11 years. The 27-year-old has scored 21 goals and recorded a further 10 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 expected heights as he began to break through as a shining light in David Moye’s otherwise miserable time at United, but he has not done too badly for himself. Unlike Moyes, the Belgian winger has looked straight at home in San Sebastian.
He has played over 100 appearances for Real Sociedad since leaving Old Trafford in 2017 and was part of the team that won the club’s first Copa Del Rey in 34 years. But he had to settle for being an unused substitute in the 2019-20s long-delayed Basque derby final against Athletic Bilbao, a deserved 1-0 victory, in April 2021.
Now appearing in MLS with LA Galaxy, the Mexican fox in the box, Hernandez has also appeared for Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham and Sevilla since waving goodbye to Manchester in 2017.
He played only 15 appearances for Sevilla in his 2019-20 half season and he had traveled to Los Angeles when the Europa League knockout scene rolled around, but he took a medal after winning the competition scoring two goals in four starts in the group game.
When he returned to his boyhood club Ajax, Blind delivered vital experience alongside youngsters Mathijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong as they knocked out Juventus and Real Madrid before coming seconds away from reserving their place in the Champions League final. in 2019.
The versatile defender won four consecutive Eredivisie titles with Ajax between 2010 and 2014, but the Amsterdam giants’ four-year brawl period coincided with his time away in Manchester.
They have returned to the top of the tree on his return and have completed a league and cup double in 2018-19 and 2020-21. They were also top when the 2019-20 campaign was declared invalid due to the early finish with the pandemic.
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