26 Man Utd players Louis van Gaal sold and how they’re faring now

Louis van Gaal spent two full seasons in charge of Manchester United after replacing David Moyes in 2014.

The Dutchman achieved fourth and fifth placed finishes in the Premier League and won the FA Cup in his final game in charge of the club.

He was ultimately sacked two days after the FA Cup win and Jose Mourinho was appointed as his replacement later that same month.

During Van Gaal's time at Old Trafford, he oversaw the sale of 26 players and Mirror Football is on hand to give you the lowdown on how each of those are faring now.

Angel Di Maria

Signed by Van Gaal from Real Madrid for a then club record £59.7m, Di Maria was handed the famous number 7 shirt worn by the likes of George Best, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, the Argentinian international failed to live up to expectations, notching just four goals and 12 assists in 32 appearances, and he was sold to PSG for £44.3m after just one campaign.

Danny Welbeck

An academy product whose progress has been stunted by injury problems, Welbeck was sold to Arsenal for £16m in September 2014.

He struggled with injury at the Emirates and left on a free in 2019 to join Watford. Welbeck mustered just two league goals for the Hornets as they were relegated to the Championship and joined Brighton on a free last month.

Javier Hernandez

A much loved player at Old Trafford, the striker scored a number of important goals under Sir Alex Ferguson but fell out of favour after the legendary manager retired. A loan stint at Real Madrid followed before a permanent move to Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.

Hernandez returned to England with West Ham in 2017 but, after a lacklustre stint with the Hammers, he joined Sevilla. The Mexican international currently plies his trade in the MLS with LA Galaxy.

Jonny Evans

In a bid for more regular game time, Evans left United for West Bromwich Albion in 2015 and impressed at the Hawthorns, becoming club captain before they were relegated in 2018.

Evans then joined Leicester and has established himself as a key part of the squad, forming partnerships at the back with Harry Maguire and now Caglar Soyuncu.

Shinji Kagawa

Having impressed under Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, Kagawa joined United in 2012 with a big reputation. However, he struggled and returned to Dortmund in 2014.

Unfortunately, he has never got back to his best and is currently a free agent after Real Zaragoza terminated his contract in October.

Robin van Persie

After netting 26 league goals in his debut season and helping United win the title, Van Persie's returns dwindled and he was sold to Fenerbahce in 2015. He then returned to boyhood club Feyernoord, before retiring in 2019 and moving into punditry and coaching.

Nani

Once hailed as Cristiano Ronaldo's replacement, Nani made just one appearance under Van Gaal before being shipped out on loan to Sporting. A permanent move to Fenerbahce followed and the 33-year-old is currently playing for Orlando City in the MLS, after stints at Valencia, Lazio and a third spell at Sporting.

Alexander Buttner

Having failed to oust Patrice Evra as United's first choice left-back, Buttner was sold to Dynamo Moscow just a month after Van Gaal's appointment. The Dutchman is now at MLS side New England Revolution after spending time at Anderlecht and Vitesse Arnhem.

Wilfried Zaha

As Ferguson's last ever signing, much was expected of Zaha at United but it did not work out for the forward. He returned to Crystal Palace in 2015, where he has been continually linked with moves to top six sides.

Rafael da Silva

A dependable servant for seven years, Van Gaal sold the Brazilian to Lyon in 2015. He spent five years in France before joining Istanbul Basaksehir over the summer and he featured in the Turkish side's 2-1 win over United in the Champions League earlier this month.

Bebe

Signed alongside Hernandez and Chris Smalling in 2010, Bebe mustered just seven appearances across a four season stay at Old Trafford. He was sold to Benfica in 2014 and he is currently at Rayo Vallecano, having had two previous loan spells at the Spanish club.

Michael Keane

An academy product who made just one league appearance for the Red Devils, Keane was sold to Burnley in January 2015 after an impressive loan spell. Under Sean Dyche, Keane's stock rose massively and he completed an initial £25m move to Everton in 2017.

Patrice Evra

A bona fide United legend, Evra left Old Trafford after a trophy-laden nine seasons, with Luke Shaw signed from Southampton as his replacement. The Frenchman joined Juventus for £1.2m and went on to play for Marseille and West Ham before retiring and moving into punditry with Sky Sports.

Angelo Henriquez

Having spent most of his time at United out on loan, Henriquez joined Dinamo Zagreb after notching 29 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions for the Croatian side on loan. After three seasons, he joined Mexican side Atlas before returning to boyhood club Universidad de Chile.

Reece James

James signed for Wigan in 2015 after a number of loan spells and spent three seasons at the club before joining Sunderland. After just one year at the Stadium of Light, he joined League One outfit Doncaster Rovers.

Nemanja Vidic

Another United legend, Vidic was coming to the end of his career when he left United for Inter Milan on a free transfer in 2014. He announced his retirement 18 months after joining the Serie A giants.

Rio Ferdinand

After establishing an impressive partnership with Vidic, Ferdinand joined QPR after his United contract expired in 2014. He made just 12 appearances for the club and retired after they were relegated to the Championship. Ferdinand is now a pundit for BT Sport.

Darren Fletcher

Fletcher signed for West Brom in 2015 after his contract expired and spent two-and-a-half seasons at the Hawthorns before a move to Stoke. After leaving the Potters in 2019, Fletcher has been a regular pundit on Sky Sports.

Anderson

The winner of the 2008 Golden Boy award, Anderson spent eight years at Old Trafford before a permanent move to Internacional. The midfielder ended his career at Turkish side Adana Demirspor in 2019 aged just 31.

Anders Lindegaard

After spending five seasons as a back-up at United, Lindegaard spent time at West Brom, Preston and Burnley, making a combined 27 appearances across five years. He now plies his trade for Swedish side Helsingborg and the goalkeeper scored earlier this year in a 2-2 draw with Falkenbergs.

Tom Cleverley

Another academy product, Cleverley made one appearance under Van Gaal before joining Aston Villa on loan. He then signed for Everton on a free in 2015 and currently plays for Watford in the Championship.

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Federico Macheda

Forever remember by United fans for his dramatic late winner against Aston Villa as a 17-year-old, Macheda was sold by Van Gaal to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff side in 2014. He has since played for Nottingham Forest, Italian side Novara and Greek outfit Panathinaikos.

Ben Amos

Currently first choice in between the sticks at League One side Charlton, Amos left United for Bolton in 2015.

Tom Thorpe

Thorpe made just one senior appearance for United before signing for Rotherham in 2015. He has been without a club since 2018 after leaving Indian Super League side Atletico de Kolkata.

Davide Petrucci

The Italian currently plays in Serie B with Cosenza, his fourth club after leaving United for Cluj in 2014.

Vanja Milinkovic-Savic

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's younger brother Vanja joined United in 2014 and was sold to Lechia Gdansk after failing to earn a work permit. The 23-year-old is now at Torino and has had three separate loan spells away from the Serie A outfit.

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