Sir Alex Ferguson openly admits that his decision to sign Owen Hargreaves in the summer of 2007, was the most disappointing of his legendary Manchester United career.
The England midfielder arrived off the back of an impressive World Cup campaign 12 months earlier and a reputation enhanced thanks to his time at Bayern Munich. But chronic injury issues meant he never truly established himself at Old Trafford, leading to Ferguson’s non-too-flattering verdict on his transfer.
But there are similar regrets about a player signed in the same week as the combative midfielder. Anderson arrived in English football with the tag of one of Brazil’s most exciting talents.
Just two years previous, the central midfielder had been crowned the player of the tournament in the under-17 World Cup.
United stumped up £27million to sign Anderson from FC Porto, fending off Real Madrid and Chelsea in the process. But despite winning four Premier League titles and a Champions League crown, he never really delivered on his promise.