The 10 players who won a trophy after leaving Man Utd in the last five years
Manchester United have struggled to add to their illustrious trophy cabinet since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, with some top players failing to win much, or anything, while at the club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to lead the club to the Europa League crown this term, which would be the club’s first piece of silverware since Jose Mourinho’s side won the competition four years ago. In that time, 10 of their former players have gone on to win trophies elsewhere.
Here are the 10 players to have left Old Trafford since 2015 and gone on to win silverware in one of Europe’s top-flight leagues.
Angel Di Maria
United’s first real statement signing of the post-Ferguson era, Di Maria showed the odd flash (he’ll always have that goal against Leicester) but never quite settled in Manchester.
Still, the club managed to recoup most of the £59million outlay after just a year, when the Argentinian signed for PSG in 2015, becoming their second most expensive signing after Edinson Cavani.
The Champions League remains elusive, and Di Maria has been overshadowed somewhat by the subsequent arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, but he’s remained an important cog as the Parisiens have continued to dominate domestic French football.
He’s registered a club-record 108 assists and is currently vying for a fifth Ligue 1 title in six years, as well as four Coupe de France and four Coupe de la Ligue trophies.
Having allowed his contract to expire in the summer of 2019, Herrera left United after five years to become part of Thomas Tuchel’s project in the French capital.
Reuniting with Di Maria, Herrera added some extra bite to PSG’s midfield, and his debut season ended with a domestic Treble as well as a runner-up finish in the Champions League.
The Coupe de la Ligue has since been scrapped, but PSG remain in contention to win both Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France in 2020-21, which would see Herrera maintain his clean sweep of domestic French honours.
Italy international Darmian played a prominent role in his debut season at United, making 39 appearances in 2015-16, but he was pushed to the periphery after Jose Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal.
Few would have imagined he’d go on to win the Scudetto when he left for Parma in the summer of 2019, but he became an unlikely hero on loan at Antonio Conte’s Inter in 2020-21, in an eclectic squad full of fellow Premier League alumni.
Conte had no qualms with bringing grizzled veterans to the San Siro, with 35-year-old utility man Young proving a useful asset in Inter’s successful bid to bring an end to Juventus’ nine-year dynasty.
The former England international, who made over 250 appearances across eight and a half years at United, made 23 Serie A appearances in Inter’s long-awaited Scudetto win.
“It’s obviously nice to win the Premier League and then to go to a new league and win that as well is just incredible, an unbelievable feeling,” Young told Sky Sports.
“It’s never easy to leave a club in January, but I’m looking back now and I think I made the right decision. I always wanted to go out and win. I’ve got that ambition, drive and desire to win.
“Obviously the first season we got to the Europa League final which unfortunately we lost. We also lost the league by one point and I think that might have spurred us on for this season to go out and get ourselves a trophy and win Serie A. Going out there and making that decision, I think it was the best one I made.”
It’s unlikely we’ll ever see the Chilean back to his Arsenal peak, but he still has plenty left to give, having been written off by many during his unhappy time in Manchester.
Conte has tended to use Sanchez as an impact substitute, with 29 of his 49 appearances in Serie A coming off the bench. The decision to turn his loan into a permanent deal – for free, no less – has borne fruit, with the player notching five goals and five assists in their title-winning campaign.
He’s averaged a goal or assist every 88 minutes in the Italian top flight – a sharp uptick on a goal contribution every 213 minutes in the Premier League with United.
Lukaku came under plenty of criticism for perceived clumsiness and poor fitness while at Old Trafford, which resulted in Solskjaer’s willingness to allow him to leave in 2019.
Belgium’s all-time top scorer adapted to a Meditteranean diet at Inter, losing a stone and a half after Inter’s nutritionists quickly identified a malfunctioning digestive system.
Ever since, Lukaku has looked like one of Europe’s very best No.9s, proving talismanic in Inter’s first league title in 11 years. The 27-year-old has scored 21 goals and registered a further 10 assists in their Scudetto triumph, the first trophy of his career since he won the Belgian title with Anderlecht in 2009-10.
Januzaj might not have hit the heights expected when he started to break through as shining light in David Moyes’ otherwise miserable tenure at United, but he’s not done too bad for himself. Unlike Moyes, the Belgian winger has looked right at home in San Sebastian.
He’s made over 100 appearances for Real Sociedad since leaving Old Trafford in 2017 and was part of the squad that won the club’s first Copa Del Rey in 34 years. But he had to settle for being an unused substitute in 2019-20’s long-delayed Basque derby final against Athletic Bilbao, a deserved 1-0 victory, in April 2021.
Now turning out in MLS with LA Galaxy, Mexican fox in the box Hernandez has also turned out for Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham and Sevilla since he waved goodbye to Manchester in 2017.
He only made 15 appearances for Sevilla in his half-season stint in 2019-20, and he’d left for Los Angeles by the time the Europa League knockout stage rolled around, but he picked up a medal after they won the competition, having scored two goals in four starts during the group stage.
Returning to his boyhood club Ajax, Blind provided vital experience alongside youngsters Mathijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong as they knocked out Juventus and Real Madrid before coming mere seconds away from booking their place in the 2019 Champions League final.
The versatile defender won four successive Eredivisie titles with Ajax between 2010 and 2014, but the Amsterdam giants’ four-year fallow period coincided with his time away in Manchester.
They’ve returned to the top of the tree on his return, completing a league and cup Double in 2018-19 and 2020-21. They were also top when the 2019-20 campaign was declared void due to the pandemic-enforced early finish.
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Robin van Persie
The Dutch striker failed to win any silverware during two years with Fenerbahce, but he enjoyed a fairytale return to his first club Feyenoord, seeing out his career where it started.
Van Persie lifted the Dutch Cup in 2018, having scored the second goal in a 3-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar in the final.