The revelation that Man Utd are contemplating paying Bastian Schweinsteiger £14m to leave the club is the latest indictment of the club’s terrible transfer strategy under Louis van Gaal.
Increasingly injury-prone in the years preceding his Old Trafford arrival, United’s decision to gamble on Schweinsteiger appears to have backfired.
Last season was the third in succession that the German had missed at least 22 games with physical problems.
Should United manage to sell on the former Bayern Munich man to one of a large group of suitors thought to include Paris Saint-Germain, it be a step towards undoing some of the shoddy signing done under their former manager.
With Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw having arrived prior to the Dutchman in the summer of 2014, Daley Blind, a player he had already worked alongside with the Netherlands, is arguably the biggest success of any of that season’s purchases.
Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo proved to be a costly flop and distinctly average acquisitions respectively, while Victor Valdes failed to do anything of note during his increasingly marginalised and acrimonious two years at the club.
The following campaign, saw Memphis Depay, another player known to Van Gaal from his time in charge of his national team, join the Reds, along with Matteo Darmian, Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial.
Martial is the sole buy that can be regarded as a success so far, with Depay less than a shadow of the irresistible force that had been seen tearing the Eredivisie apart a season earlier.
Darmian has struggled for consistency, but has seldom looked the high-energy force he had when running England ragged with Italy at the 2014 World Cup.
Even Schneiderlin has looked markedly less confident than he had as one of the Premier League’s best defensive midfielders over the previous three seasons.
United must hope that Jose Mourinho has a better eye for suitable players as they go about attempting to land odds of 7/2 about winning the title in 2016/17.