15 South American Manchester United players: Hit or Miss
Coral football writers provide a hit or miss list of 15 past and present Manchester United South American players.
Anderson – Miss
The Brazilian midfielder was highly rated at Gremio and Porto, but injury, form and fitness issues meant he suffered a troubled spell at United. Now back in his home country with Internacional.
Fabio Da Silva – Miss
Current Cardiff City player Fabio was said to have been the more talented Da Silva twin upon arrival to Old Trafford but, being stuck behind Patrice Evra in the pecking order, had his progress halted.
Rafael Da Silva – Hit
Rafael may have had an inconsistent time with the Red Devils in his seven-year spell to date, but has picked up a number of trophies along the way, and is a starter when fit.
Angel Di Maria – Miss
There is no doubting Argentine attacker Di Maria’s ability, as he was a crucial part of former team Real Madrid’s success, but he has failed to live up to his £60m price tag to date, despite impressing in his first few games.
Radamel Falcao – Miss
When the Colombian hitman joined Man Utd on loan in the summer, Red Devils fans had high hopes as Falcao had been prolific in front of goal for every other club he’d played for. It seems he hasn’t fully recovered from a serious knee injury, and will likely go back to parent club Monaco. He is 5/4 to net anytime against Tottenham in the Premier League, though.
Diego Forlan – Miss
Although the Uruguayan had a good record against United’s bitter rivals Liverpool, he massively flopped during his two-year spell. He went on to highly impress in Spain, though.
Gabriel Heinze – Hit
Heinze threatened to ruin his terrific three-year spell with Man Utd by trying to force a move to Liverpool after Evra was signed, but thankfully he joined Real Madrid instead.
Angelo Henriquez – Miss
The young Chilean is another highly-rated forward, but has yet to play a senior match for the Red Devils, and looks on his way out after declaring his intent to stay with current loan club Dinamo Zagreb.
Kleberson – Miss
After winning the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, and being described by Samba Boys boss Luiz Felipe Scolari as being the driving force behind their success, he was destined for success at United. Instead, he massively flopped.
Rodrigo Possebon – Miss
Possebon joined United at the same time as the Da Silva twins, and was highly rated, but could rarely break into the first team. Now back in his native Brazil, a wasted talent.
Marcos Rojo – Hit
Louis van Gaal bought versatile defender Rojo after he impressed at the World Cup with Argentina, helping them to the final. United’s backline have looked shaky this term, but Rojo has shone the brightest and looks to be a good investment. Back his team to keep a clean sheet against Spurs at 2/1.
Carlos Tevez – Hit
Tenacious Tevez was joint-top Premier League scorer in 2010/11, and helped United to claim much silverware during his two-season spell. He left to rivals Manchester City, though, after being frustrated with the amount of game-play, which riled fans, but he still has to be rated as a hit at Old Trafford.
Antonio Valencia – Hit
Ecuadoran Valencia may not be the most talented of players to have turned out for United, but his constant running down the wing and assists have been vital for the club over the last six years.
Guillermo Varela – Miss
The Uruguayan right back will be forever known as former Red Devils boss David Moyes’ first ever signing, and he has followed the Scot to Spain, although to Real Madrid Castilla on loan. Looks unlikely he’ll get a chance at Old Trafford.
Juan Sebastian Veron – Miss
Brought to England by Sir Alex Ferguson in the hope of improving an already world class team. Veron had it all in terms of natural talent, but could not transfer his displays in training to the match-day pitch. He flopped in England, but is a hero in his native Argentina.