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Ranking the six Argentinians to play for Manchester United

Paulo Dybala is being strongly linked with a move to the Manchester United, with the Juventus star being ushered towards Old Trafford in exchange for Romelu Lukaku.

Should the move be completed, the forward would become the seventh Argentine to play for United in the Premier League. A grand old footballing nation, the South American country have produced some fine players over the years, but just how did the previous six fare in Manchester?

We’ve decided to rank the six Argentinians to play for Manchester United in the Premier League…

Juan Sebastian Veron

United decided to smash the British transfer record to sign the supremely talented midfielder from Lazio in 2001, adding the Argentine playmaker to a wealth of midfield options that already included the likes of Roy Keane and Paul Scholes.

Veron had emerged at Parma before being the inspiration behind Lazio’s Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup treble in 2000, persuading United to spend big money to bring him to Old Trafford.

The midfielder began brightly but soon struggled to adapt to the pace and physicality of English football, his performances levels dropping towards the end of his first season.

His better performances came in the slower tempo of European fixtures, and he attracted fierce criticism from the English media. After just two seasons with the club, Veron was sold to Premier League rivals Chelsea.

RATING: 4/10

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Gabriel Heinze

Initially a popular figure during a three-year spell at Old Trafford, Heinze was a committed defender equally adept centrally or at left-back.

His impressive performances led to him being named as the club’s Player of the Season at the end of his first season at the club, with Heinze establishing himself as a fan’s favourite.

Confronting fearsome United captain Roy Keane was not his brightest move, whilst an attempt to engineer a move to arch-rivals Liverpool angered the club’s fanbase.

Heinze eventually left for Real Madrid in 2007, having won the Premier League title during his final season at the club.


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Carlos Tevez

One of the most colourful and controversial characters in Premier League history, the Argentine forward earned a move to United in 2007 after being the inspiration behind West Ham’s successful survival bid the season before.

At Old Trafford, Tevez formed part of a potent front three alongside Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo as United won a Premier League and Champions League double in 2008.

After back-to-back titles, Tevez shocked English football and became the first player in a decade to make the controversial switch across the Manchester divide, joining rivals City in 2009.

The forward left United having scored 34 goals in 99 appearances.


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Angel di Maria

The second Argentine arrival at Old Trafford to smash the British transfer-record, Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria joined in a £59.7m deal in 2014.

The winger had helped the Spanish giants to Champions League success the previous season and his signing was viewed as a statement of intent, United looking to establish themselves at the summit of English football after a disappointing first season post-Sir Alex Ferguson.

Di Maria’s Premier League career began brightly, a series of impressive displays in the opening weeks of the season causing excitement amongst the club’s fans. An audacious goal against Leicester was a highlight, though his form soon drastically deteriorated.

Speculation surfaced that his family had failed to settle in England, whilst a burglary at his home caused further unrest. His on-field performances also dipped, and by the end of the season Di Maria wanted out.

Just one season after his record-breaking move, the Argentine was sold to Paris Saint-Germain, his stay at Old Trafford deemed a major disappointment.


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Sergio Romero

The Argentinean number one arrived on a free transfer in 2015, joining former AZ Alkmaar manager Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford amid speculation that David de Gea could leave the club.

As it happens, a now infamous dodgy fax machine saw De Gea’s move to Real Madrid collapse, and Romero has spent the past four years providing competition and back-up to the Spaniard.

Opportunities have been restricted due to the presence of De Gea, Romero making just seven league appearances since his arrival at the club.

However, when called upon, Romero has proven a reliable performer and is often referred to as arguably the best back-up goalkeeper in the Premier League.


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Marcos Rojo

A whole-hearted defender who has divided opinion ever since his move to United in 2014.

Signed from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of £16m, Rojo has struggled to establish himself as a first-choice during his five seasons at the club, though has filled in at either left-back or central defence when called upon.

Silverware has been delivered in the form of FA Cup and League Cup success, Rojo starting in both finals.

Injuries have restricted Rojo to just 14 Premier League appearances in the past two seasons, and the defender has been tipped to leave the club this summer.


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