Worst Signings Of The Season: Manchester United And City Flops Vie For Embarrassing Transfer Award
The Premier League season is now entering the business end with the trophies set to be handed out over the next few weeks and there is still plenty to play for at both ends of the table.
This is the time of the season where managers are looking to their squad depth to get them through the big matches and that certainly applies to the two Manchester clubs.
The Man City squad in particular is likely to be tested as they look to complete a history quadruple with all trophies still in play for the mega rich Etihad Stadium club. As far as United are concerned, their ambitions are much lower with a top four place the key target after a tough spell but both teams can look back to last summer and a glaring mistake during the transfer window.
Jose Mourinho had a disastrous time during the the window at Old Trafford which ultimately lead to his sacking at United with Fred the peak moment of his disastrous time at the club.
The Brazilian arrived at the club having also been tracked by City and it is fair to say that the midfielder has been nothing short of a shambles The former Shakhtar midfielder was meant to be the classy passer in the middle of the field for United but so far he has struggled for any minutes at all, with new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly reluctant to use him despite being struck with a number of injuries.
Another poor display against Palace in mid-week won't have helped his chances and for a player who the club around £50m, it is fair to say that his singing could be turning into one of the worst in Premier League history.
Riyad Mahrez perhaps doesn't fall quite into the Fred category of transfer disasters but the Man City forward isn't far behind after struggling for any form since moving from Leicester.
The Premier League winner was meant to offer the Citizens a genuine option for the champions in the big games but so far his most memorable moment in Manchester was the penalty miss against Liverpool at Anfield. At £60m Mahrez didn't come cheap, but his English experience and class was seen to be worth the outlay but so far it is fair to say that Pep and the Man City fans have been shortchanged by the most expensive African player ever.
For two players that cost around £110m in total, it is fair to say that Fred and Mahrez have been shocking signings up to this point. Both players do still have time to turn their fortunes around at their new clubs but both managers will know that neither player has performed anywhere near their lofty expectations so far and they will need to hope they aren't left regretting their transfer decisions come the end of the campaign.
⏰ 0 minutes vs Liverpool
⏰ 0 minutes vs Wolves
❌ Not in the squad vs Huddersfield
⏰ 0 minutes vs Newcastle
⏰ 2 minutes vs Arsenal
⏰ 0 minutes vs Everton
That's an average of 20 seconds per game in 2019 😳