Hands up all those who saw Manchester United’s late deadline-day loan move for Bolton’s Andy Kellett coming. No one? Glad it wasn’t just us who missed it…
The 21-year-old left-back is one of the more left-field signings in recent memory, but the Red Devils have been full of surprises over the years.
Here are four former Red Devils who came out of nowhere to raise eyebrows:
Back in early 2001, with both Fabien Barthez and Raimond van der Gouw in the Old Trafford treatment room, Sir Alex Ferguson paid Motherwell £100,000 for the veteran stopper’s services on loan.
Goram turned out twice in the Premier League, in a 4-2 April win over Coventry at Old Trafford, and a 2-1 loss away to Southampton in May when Ferguson’s side had already retained the title.
Ferguson insisted after the end of Larsson’s 13-game loan move from Helsingborg that he ‘would have done anything to keep him’.
The former Celtic and Barcelona hero notched three times in 13 games for United between January and March 2007, including in his first appearance – a 2-1 FA Cup third-round win at home to Aston Villa.
Kellett can take real heart from the story of this fellow former Plymouth loanee.
Having made just two appearances for United in a temporary switch from Luton at the end of the 1989/90 Division One campaign, Sealey was thrust into their FA Cup final replay XI against Crystal Palace, replacing Jim Leighton after the 3-3 draw first time out.
They won 1-0, and Sealey went on to keep goal in the 2-1 European Cup Winners’ Cup final victory at the end of the following campaign.
The former Huddersfield and Barnsley boss was younger than Kellett when he forged his name into the Old Trafford history books with an FA Cup third-round winner at Nottingham Forest back in 1990, which is said to have saved Ferguson’s job.
Few had heard of Robins outside the bounds of Salford prior to the beginning of the 1989/90 campaign, which featured his first senior goals (nine all told over the season) for the club.