Where are they now? The last 10 Man Utd players sold by Sir Alex Ferguson

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While Sir Alex Ferguson made some incredible signings during his reign at Manchester United, he also knew when to let players leave – some notable exceptions aside.

Ferguson wasn’t afraid to sell some of his big-name stars and could be ruthless towards players that failed to meet his high standards.

We’ve looked at the last 10 players sold by Ferguson to see how they’ve fared after leaving Old Trafford.

Dimitar Berbatov

Berbatov was deemed surplus to requirements by Ferguson following Robin van Persie’s arrival at Old Trafford in 2012.

The striker was sold to Fulham but was released midway through their relegation season and joined Ligue 1 side Monaco in January 2014.

After brief spells in Greece and India, he officially announced his retirement in September 2019.

Park Ji-Sung

Park spent seven years at United before joining QPR in 2012 but injury problems plagued his time in west London.

After hanging up his boots in 2014, he studied at Leicester’s De Montfort University and graduated with an International MA in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport.

He also works as a global ambassador for United.

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Ritchie De Laet

De Laet mainly featured for United’s reserves and made just six first-team appearances for the club before joining Leicester City in 2012.

He went on to claim the unique honour of winning the Premier League title with Leicester and promotion from the Championship with Middlesbrough, where he had been loaned out, on the same day.

The 31-year-old was released by Aston Villa in 2019 and is now playing for hometown club Royal Antwerp in Belgium.

Danny Drinkwater

Another Premier League winner, Drinkwater joined Leicester in 2012 and played an integral role in their title success before completing a £35million move to Chelsea in 2017.

The midfielder has made just 23 appearances for the Blues and endured two miserable loan spells at Burnley and Aston Villa in 2019-20.

“I know my Chelsea move hasn’t worked out how anybody would have wanted and I’ve made mistakes, but it’s not as simple as me just not playing football or picking up a wage,” Drinkwater told the Daily Telegraph in September 2020.

“Money doesn’t solve anything. The pay cheque doesn’t really help at all, you don’t even think about money.”

Darron Gibson

Once tipped as the next Paul Scholes, Gibson made 60 appearances for United, winning the Premier League and two League Cups.

The midfielder had spells at Everton, Sunderland and Wigan after leaving the Red Devils in January 2012 but injuries and off-field problems have derailed his career.

Now 32, he is currently playing for Class of 92-owned Salford City in League Two.

READ: Five times Sir Alex Ferguson led makeshift Man Utd teams to big wins

Mame Biram Diouf

Despite scoring on his home debut against Burnley, Diouf failed to establish himself at Old Trafford and was sold to Hannover 96 in 2012.

The striker returned to England with Stoke City in 2014 and spent six years with the Potters before joining Turkish side Hatayspor.

John O’Shea

After leaving United in 2011, O’Shea played for a further eight years at Sunderland and Reading before hanging up his boots.

The 39-year-old returned to the Madejski as a first-team coach in 2019 and is also working as the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s assistant manager.

“Once I started hitting my 30s, I was planning for this scenario. I started my UEFA B & A Licence and it was important that I did it with the FAI, to do it back home,” O’Shea said in April 2020.

“The path that I want to take to get into management is through coaching, as it’s something that I really enjoy. Putting your ideas across to players, watching them train initially, see how they take it on-board, and working with them on it.”

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Wes Brown

Brown made 362 appearances for United but decided to move to the North-East with O’Shea in 2011 after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

The defender had a five-year stint at the Stadium of Light before seeing out his playing career at Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters.

Gabriel Obertan

Obertan failed to make the grade at Old Trafford, scoring one goal in 28 appearances before joining Newcastle United on a permanent deal in 2011.

Since leaving Tyneside in 2016, the 31-year-old has played for Anzhi Makhachkala, Wigan, Levski Sofia and BB Erzurumspor.

Joe Dudgeon

Dudgeon came through the academy at United but joined Hull City in 2011 having failed to make a single first-team appearance for the Red Devils.

The defender was forced to retire at the age of 24 due to injury problems and now works as the scouting account manager for New York City and Melbourne City.

“I still love football,” Dudgeon told HullLive in May 2020. “If it had ended badly, the image would’ve been tarnished. I might not have wanted to deal with football anymore. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to stay involved.”


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