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“United have not been mean with the cheque book, they’ve actually spent an awful lot of money,” Sir Jim Ratcliffe said earlier this year.

The Manchester United co-owner was in the midst of criticising how wasteful the club has been when it has come to splashing the cash in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. The Reds have spent north of £1billion since the legendary Scot’s retirement and the number of success stories do not take long to count.




One of United’s biggest failings of the past 11 years has been the way in which they have splashed the cash recklessly, rarely getting their money’s worth. They have wasted an enormous amount on players who have not come anywhere close to justifying such lucrative price tags.

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Few players fit that bracket more than Jadon Sancho and Antony. United spent a collective £158.4million to bring the two wingers to Old Trafford in back-to-back summer transfer windows.

Sancho was one of the most coveted stars in football when United swooped for him in July 2021, signing him from Borussia Dortmund, and almost everyone was confident he would replicate the form he had produced in Germany in England. Three years since he made the move to Old Trafford, he has scored just 12 goals in 82 appearances and has already spent six months back in Germany.

Just over a year later, following the appointment of Erik ten Hag, United attempted to correct their right-wing troubles for a second time in as many summer windows, swooping for Antony. He was hand-picked by Ten Hag and it was hoped he would succeed where Sancho had failed.

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