With rumours suggesting that both Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial are unhappy at Manchester United, here are 10 top players who left the Red Devils on bad terms, including former poster boy David Beckham.
Following United’s two Premier League defeats in a row, it has been speculated that things are not all well in the Red Devils’ camp at the moment.
Players such as Pogba and Martial are said to be frustrated under manager Jose Mourinho, but if they were to leave, they would join a fairly long list of players who have exited the club after falling out with management.
In 2001, Dutch defender Jaap Stam left United for Lazio. According to an interview Stam did with The Telegraph last year, the player was forced out the club against his will. The centre-back did not have the best relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson during his three years in England, and was often on the end of the Scotsman’s famous “hairdryer” treatment.
Club legend David Beckham also left on bad terms two years later, following a very public fallout with Ferguson. Despite his status in the team, the manager singled out the Englishman in a full-time dressing-down in 2003, during which he kicked a boot that struck Beckham in the face.
In the legendary boss’ 2013 autobiography, Ferguson revealed the details of his changing room spat with Beckham, and how he had become frustrated with the former midfielder after his work rate dropped upon interest from Real Madrid.
Ex-club captain Roy Keane left United in 2006, also following a spat with Ferguson, while Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy also departed the club in acrimonious circumstances that same year.
A frustrated Paul Pogba made his way through United’s exit doors in 2012, joining Juventus for free. The player was disappointed with a lack of first team football at the club even though they were short of central midfielders at the time. Despite Ferguson trying to persuade the Frenchman to stay in England, he made the decision to leave, before returning in 2016.
In 2015, Wilfried Zaha, Rafael da Silva and Javier Hernandez left the club in the same transfer window under then new manager Louis van Gaal. All three players left on bad terms with the club, especially Da Silva, who many fans believe should never have been sold.
Germany legend Bastian Schweinsteiger made his way to the MLS in 2017 after Jose Mourinho made it clear he was not a part of his plans. The midfielder was even made to train with the reserves before eventually joining Chicago Fire.
In January this year, Henrikh Mkhitaryan left United after falling out of favour with Mourinho. The Armenian has since become a regular first-team starter at Arsenal.