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Andre Onana (Inter) during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Manchester City 1-0 Inter at Ataturk Olympic Stadium on June 10, 2023 in Istanbul, Trkiye.

Andre Onana next: The 8 players Man Utd have signed from Serie A since 2000

According to reports, Manchester United look set to sign Andre Onana from Inter. Everything is all but agreed for the 27-year-old Cameroonian to reunite with his former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag and become David de Gea’s successor at Old Trafford.

We’ve taken a look at the last eight players they have signed from Serie A to see how their imports from Italy have generally fared.

Note: we’ve not included players initially signed for the youth team, so Davide Petrucci and Federico Macheda miss out.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo’s romantic return to Old Trafford was among the most-hyped transfers in Premier League history. He rejoined the Red Devils at the age of 36, having signed for a £12.8million fee after three years at Juventus.

Scoring on his second debut seemed to signal a beautiful reunion, but things never quite worked out that way. The veteran still found the back of the net regularly, scoring 18 in the Premier League and 24 in all competitions, but United ultimately looked a dysfunctional team with him leading the line.

There were other, arguably more important factors, but Ronaldo’s second stint saw the club register their lowest points tally in the Premier League era. The club had finished second the year before and got back into the Champions League after Ten Hag binned him off.

It wasn’t without its moments, but Ronaldo’s second spell tarnished his United legacy – how he sulked in those final months before his unceremonious exit left a sour taste.

Amad Diallo

Despite only making four Serie A appearances for Atalanta, Amad did enough to convince United to pay an initial £19million for his services.

After completing the move in January 2021, he initially played for the youth team before scoring one goal in nine first-team appearances.

It remains to be seen whether the 21-year-old will ever make it at his parent club, but his stock rose considerably after an excellent loan spell at Sunderland last term. Diallo might not be in Ten Hag’s plans for the upcoming 2023-24 campaign but you’d expect him to be playing at a high level out on loan.

Paul Pogba

We’re not exactly sure how to sum up Pogba’s second spell at United since he was re-signed for a transfer fee that remains a club record at Manchester United.

The midfielder has undoubtedly been very good at times, and he’s undoubtedly been not very good at others.

The fact that he left for free for a second time, and few tears were shed at his departure, ultimately sums up his legacy in Manchester.

Matteo Darmian

Darmian completed a £12.7million move to United in 2015 and was initially viewed as the long-term successor to Gary Neville.

The right-back never established himself as a first-team regular during his four years at Old Trafford and was sold to Parma for just £1.4million in 2019. However, he’s since enjoyed fine form back in his home country, winning the Scudetto with Inter and starting last season’s Champions League final.

Sergio Romero

We almost forgot all about this one, yet signing Romero on a free transfer from Sampdoria in 2015 has been a decent bit of business for United.

The Argentina international kept a clean sheet in the 2017 Europa League final victory over Ajax but left the club in 2021 after falling behind David de Gea and Dean Henderson in the pecking order.

Anyway, we’ve only just seen this story about how Romero initially wore the No.20 at Old Trafford, and it’s another nice anecdote on Louis van Gaal.

“There was a misunderstanding between myself and the manager, Louis van Gaal,” Romero told the club’s official website. “He asked me what squad number I wanted, and I said 22.

“But he must have thought I’d said 21 because he told me if I wanted that number, I would have to go and speak with Ander Herrera. Anyway, it turned out Nick Powell had recently changed to 22, so I just said that No.20 would do fine.”

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Giuseppe Rossi

Rossi was only 17 when he joined United from Parma in 2004 but was immediately involved with the first team, making two League Cup appearances in his maiden campaign.

While he was clearly a talented player, Rossi struggled to become a regular due to some of the illustrious names in attack ahead of him, and his career has sadly been decimated by injuries despite proving his class at Villarreal.

He was at least invited to train back at United by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back in 2021, which was nice.

Juan Sebastian Veron

Often judged as a flop at United after arriving for a British record £24.3million from Lazio in 2001, hindsight has allowed Veron to be viewed more kindly in retrospect.

While the midfielder undoubtedly struggled to recapture his Serie A heights, he still produced some memorable moments, particularly in Europe.

After watching Veron’s debut, Nicky Butt recalled: “I was suspended against Everton. He played and I sat there and I thought, ‘I’ll never play for United again, that’s me done, I’ll have to get a move.’

“Veron was the best player I’ve ever seen, except Cantona. In training he was like something I’d never seen.”

Sir Alex Ferguson, meanwhile, was much more straightforward after facing questions about Veron’s quality from the press: “He is a fucking great player. And you’re all fucking idiots.”

READ: A tribute to Juan Sebastian Veron, Man Utd’s right man at the wrong time

Laurent Blanc

Fergie wanted to sign Blanc in 1996 but had to wait until 2001 before he landed the defender, by which time he was 35 and too old really if we’re being honest.

He did win the Premier League in his second season, though, and we really enjoy the fact people were keen to point that the first five teams United lost to in the league with Blanc spelt out his surname: Bolton Wanderers, Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Chelsea.

It was probably the Illuminati.


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