Manchester United are one of the true superpowers in world football. In terms of trophies, Manchester United is the most successful side in the history of English football. Only a handful of teams on the planet can match, or even come close, to matching their history. When it comes to finances Manchester United are currently the most valuable football club on earth. Some of the greatest players of all time, including the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Cristiano Ronaldo have all donned the famous red shirt of Manchester United.
Given the club’s prestigious history and consistent challenges at the head of English football, generally, only top players have found themselves plying their trade at the theatre of dreams, A.K.A Old Trafford. But, we all know about the great players that have graced the pitch of Old Trafford. However, there have been some who’ve slipped through the net, and we take a look at some of the worst in this list.
1) Dong Fangzhuo
The first ever Chinese player to play for the Red Devils, it has been suggested that Dong Fangzhuo’s move to Manchester United was largely business related because the club wanted to tap into the Asian market, and a Chinese player was a sure-fire way to improve shirt sales and support.
Fangzhuo was only able to make one league appearance and a couple of cup appearances during his entire stint of four years at the club. Fangzhou joined Manchester United in 2004 and left the club in 2008. The fact that Fangzhou was only capped 13 times by the Chinese national team which ranked 77th in the world says it all about the ability that the Chinese possessed.
2) William Prunier
Having spent most of his career in the French top flight and having won one cap for France. It could be said that William Prunier was one of the most gifted players. But, his performances for Manchester United made him appear on the flop list.
Prunier was never supposed to be thrust into the action having arrived as a trialist from Bordeaux, however following an injury crisis which saw first-choice centre-backs Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister and David May all unavailable the Frenchman found himself starting at centre back alongside Gary Neville in a makeshift defence for a game against QPR.
His first game passed without incident, but his second was calamitous. He was part of a defence which shipped four goals against Tottenham. Prunier was made a scapegoat for the loss. He never played for the club again.
Although Sir Alex did offer him an extended deal despite the defeat, Prunier thought it right to call time on his Man United career that barely lasted for a year.
3) Mark Lynch
Mark Lynch had an unfortunate career at Old Trafford. Manchester right-back Mark Lynch was an academy lad who came through the youth ranks spending a total of six years with the club between the ages of 17-23.
In that time Lynch played just once scoring an own goal in a two-nil defeat to Deportivo La Coruna in the 2002/03 season, this defeat saw the Manchester United youth prospect wrecking himself deeper and deeper, and never being able to revive his career. Sir Alex never gave the defender a second chance and he moved on to Sunderland, where he looked equally useless.
The Manchester-born full back would later move on to Yeovil, Hull, Rotherham, Stockport and Altrincham but failed to play even 40 league games for any of them. He ended his career in 2012 at the age of 30 with barely 100 career appearances to his name.