Manchester United are not expected to play a starring role in the latest transfer deadline day, with their only potential business likely to involve outgoings.
United have already sealed one deal in the January window, officially signing Amad Diallo from Atalanta after first agreeing terms with the Serie A club back in October.
And barring any dramatic late developments, Diallo will be the only player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer adds to his squad this month, with potential departures for Marcos Rojo and Teden Mengi all that’s in the pipeline on deadline day.
The Red Devils do have a long history of completing last-ditch signings in the transfer window, nevertheless, and Daily Star Sport have taken a look at the 11 times they pulled off deadline-day moves in the past.
1. Alex Telles
United secured a £15million deal for Telles in the previous summer and autumn transfer window to provide competition for Luke Shaw at left-back.
The Brazil international has made a decent start to his Old Trafford career, racking up 13 appearances under Solskjaer so far this season.
However, only seven of those outings have come in the Premier League and he will be hoping to improve on that in the second half of the campaign.
2. Edinson Cavani
The veteran striker arrived in Manchester on the very same deadline day, joining United on a free transfer after departing Paris St-Germain upon the expiry of his contract last summer.
Cavani has performed well on the pitch, scoring four goals in his first 14 league appearances, yet he has also caused controversy off of it – picking up a three-match ban at the start of January for using an offensive term in an Instagram post.
3. Odion Ighalo
After completing a very late loan switch from China on deadline day in January 2020, Ighalo got off to a flyer at Old Trafford and bagged four goals in his first three starts.
United therefore extended his loan deal until January of this year, but after falling out of favour under Solskjaer he returned to Shanghai Shenhua last week.
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4. Anthony Martial
Eyebrows were raised when the Red Devils forked out an initial £36million to prise Martial away from Monaco in the summer of 2015, yet 248 appearances and 76 goals later their decision appears to be justified.
The France star, who scored an iconic goal against Liverpool on his debut, remains an important member of their squad five-and-a-half years on and has FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League winners’ medals to show for his time at the club.
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5. Regan Poole
One of United’s more obscure deadline-day transfers, Poole sealed a dream £100,000 switch to Old Trafford from Newport County in September 2015.
The centre-back only made one appearance in his unsuccessful four-year stint, spending two of those years on loan at Northampton and back at Newport, before joining MK Dons upon the expiry of his contract in June 2019.
6. Radamel Falcao
At one stage of his career Falcao boasted a reputation as the best out-and-out centre-forward in world football, but it’s fair to say that aura had evaporated by the time he rocked up at United on loan from Monaco in 2014.
The Colombian powerhouse, who had only recently recovered from a serious ACL injury, scored a measly four goals in 29 games before his loan expired.
Unsurprisingly, they decided against taking him off Monaco’s hands permanently.
7. Daley Blind
Blind completed a £14million move to Old Trafford from Ajax in the summer of 2014 and racked up 124 appearances in his first three seasons, helping United clinch the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.
Yet, the Dutchman eventually lost his place under Jose Mourinho, who allowed him to head back to Ajax in 2018.
8. Marouane Fellaini
David Moyes got part of the Everton band back together when he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at the Theatre of Dreams in 2013, bringing Fellaini with him for a fee of £28million.
The towering Belgian initially failed to impress under Moyes, but he did go on to score 22 goals in 177 appearances under Louis van Gaal and then Mourinho before heading to China in January 2019.
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9. Saidy Janko
Another one of Moyes’ deadline-day signings, Janko penned his first professional deal with United after arriving from Swiss outfit FC Zurich.
Nevertheless, the right-back only went on to make one appearance before joining Bolton on loan in February 2015. He then sealed a permanent switch to Celtic five months later.
10. Dimitar Berbatov
United forked out £31million to snatch the Bulgarian striker from Tottenham in September 2008, beating neighbours Manchester City to his signature.
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Berbatov registered 56 goals in 149 games for the club, picking up two Premier League titles and one League Cup before leaving for Fulham in 2013.
11. Wayne Rooney
The best has undoubtedly been saved till last in this list, as there are not many deadline-day transfers more famous than Rooney’s £26million move to Old Trafford in 2004.
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He would go on to achieve the small feat of becoming United’s all-time leading goalscorer (253 goals in 559 games), which inspired five Premier League title wins as well as Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and three League Cup successes.
What. A. Signing.
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