Man Utd Have Profited Off Just Five Player Sales in the Last 10 Years

By Amreen
Manchester United sold Daniel James to Leeds on Transfer Deadline Day
Manchester United sold Daniel James to Leeds on Transfer Deadline Day / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Manchester United have profited off just five players in the last 10 years, with Daniel James being one of them after his deadline day move to Leeds United.

The Wales international completed a £25m move to Leeds following a two-year stay at Old Trafford, where he made 74 appearances for the club across competitions.

The Red Devils had signed the 23-year-old from Championship side Swansea for an initial £15m, which means they made a tidy profit by selling him to Marcelo Bielsa's side. But the Premier League giants have only made a profit selling four other players over the last decade.

Despite making just 28 appearances between 2014 and 2016, Alexander Buttner was sold to Dinamo Moscow for a £1.8m profit. The Dutchman never broke into United's first-team, and has since played for Vitesse, New England Revolution, and most recently KC Waalwijk.

Another player United made a tiny profit selling was Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez. During a five-year spell at Old Trafford, and scoring 59 goals in 157 appearances, the striker was offloaded to Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 for £7.3m.

Daley Blind joined from Ajax for £16m, and after winning the Europa League and FA Cup, he was sold back to the Eredivisie champions for £18 million. Chris Smalling signed for United in a £7m deal from Fulham in 2010, and was sold to Serie A side, Roma, for £13.6m after spending the 2019-20 campaign on loan.