What happened to the 13 players Louis van Gaal signed for Man United
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What happened to the 13 players Louis van Gaal signed for Man United

Louis van Gaal signed 13 players during his two years in charge of Man United. Here's where they are now.

Radamel Falcao

On deadline day in 2014, Danny Welbeck was traded to make place for El Tigre, however, the Colombian's United career was a massive disappointment, with only four goals in 29 games. The following season, at Chelsea, he was worse poorer, scoring only once. After joining the Ligue 1 club in 2016, Falcao found his form, scoring 83 goals in 140 appearances over three seasons before joining Galatasaray, where he has averaged just under a goal per two games.

Daley Blind

Blind's arrival was anticipated by United fans after his involvement to Robin van Persie's goal against Spain during the World Cup in Brazil. On a technical level, the 28-year-old was perhaps United's greatest defender, but his lack of physicality and pace may have worked against him. In 2018, he returned to Ajax and played a significant role in their progress to the last four of the 2018-19 UEFA CL.

Marcos Rojo

Early in his United career, he had periods of strong success, but he became a passenger in his later seasons, and United ultimately offloaded him earlier this year, with Boca Juniors signing the 31-year-old.

Angel Di Maria

In the summer of 2014, he became United's club-record signing, and he has had a fantastic start to the season. His progress was hampered by a hamstring injury suffered against Hull in November. When Di Maria returned, he was never the same, with a break-in at his Cheshire house being blamed for his dismal performance.

The Argentine cost United £15 million when he was sold to PSG in the summer of 2015, and he is still at the French club.

Ander Herrera

Herrera was named United's Player of the Year for his outstanding performance in the 2016-17 season. When his contract at Old Trafford expired at the end of June 2019, he went to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

Luke Shaw

Shaw struggled in Van Gaal's first season in command, but found form at the start of the 2015-16 season before being sidelined by a devastating leg injury.

He ultimately cemented himself as the club's first-choice left-back during the 2018-19 season after three years on the fringe at Old Trafford, and is now regarded as one of United's most vital players following a standout 2020-21 campaign.

Victor Valdes

Valdes joined United as a free agent in January 2015, but he only featured twice for the club before leaving on a free transfer to Middlesbrough 18 months later. Valdes left Boro after they were demoted from the Premier League a year later.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

What a signing he would have been five years ago if United had snatched him up. Basti's legs were shot when he arrived on a free transfer from Bayern, and he only lasted two seasons before being sold to Chicago Fire in March 2017. However, after Mourinho had kept him out upon his arrival in 2016, he showed his professionalism by getting a few games. At the end of 2019, he retired.

Sergio Romero

He used to be the best back-up goalkeeper in the world, but that honor now goes to one of Dean Henderson or David de Gea. Romero was disgruntled after being left out of three semi-finals in 2020, and he did not play at all last season before leaving at the end of his contract.

Memphis Depay

Memphis arrived at Old Trafford with a high reputation from PSV, but he never made an impact. In January 2017, Jose Mourinho sold him to Lyon, although United included a buy-back clause in the contract. Memphis agreed to personal terms with Barcelona during the previous summer transfer window, but the deal fell through before he was eventually able to secure a move to Catalonia this year.

Morgan Schneiderlin

Schneiderlin, like Depay, joined United in the summer of 2015 and left the following winter. He was a huge letdown, and United did well to sell him for £22 million when Everton came knocking. Last summer, he left Everton to join Nice.

Matteo Darmian

He had a great start to his United career at the start of the 2015-16 season, but he faded rapidly. For his final three years with the club, he was a squad player until joining Parma for a small fee on deadline day last summer. Last season, he joined Inter Milan and helped them win Serie A.

Anthony Martial

After an excellent first season at United, he struggled for consistency until having a fantastic 2019-20 season. However, he regressed last season and will begin the season behind Edinson Cavani in United's striker lineup.

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