Manchester United took steps to sign another Cristiano Ronaldo and Alexis Sanchez

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Manchester United have signed the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Alexis Sanchez at the wrong time in recent years.

Manchester United are eyeing Marco Reus after Erik ten Hag spoke to the player’s team. However, while the Germany international is undoubtedly a top player, he is not what the Red Devils need. At 33, they would place him at the wrong stage of his career – just like Cristiano Ronaldo and Alexis Sanchez before him.

Manchester United have been linked with Reus for a number of years, with former bosses such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho all considering strikes.

Fast forward to now, and it looks like history is repeating itself with the Red Devils reviving interest in the German international.

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Reus’ agent was recently on hand to watch United beat Manchester City, with goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford giving them all three points.

And on Friday, it was claimed that United had taken the first steps towards a deal by holding talks with the players’ representatives.

Reus, in his day, may have been one of the best strikers in world football.

But if United end up getting the German, it looks like they haven’t learned the lessons of the past from Sanchez and Ronaldo.

Both players were recruited at the wrong stages of their respective careers, something United are now fully aware of.

They signed Sanchez from Arsenal in the January 2018 transfer window, with the Chilean international establishing himself as one of the best players in the Premier League.

United were blinded by the prospect of stealing him from under the nose of rivals Manchester City, who had already been favorites in the race to secure his signature.

Indeed, Sanchez had begun to decline at Arsenal, with years of top-flight football taking their toll.

And United would never see the best of the current Marseille star, who scored just five goals at Old Trafford.

He also hardly set the world on fire at Inter Milan, scoring just 20 goals in 109 appearances for the club.

And United also recruited Ronaldo at the wrong time.

Once again they were blinded by the fact that he looked set to join City – who had turned to the veteran after their failure to acquire Harry Kane.

Ronaldo began to decline at Juventus but United, eager to bring their legend back for one last shot at glory, were seduced.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regretted the decision almost immediately.

Although Ronaldo did well for United last season – scoring a commendable 24 goals in all competitions – his return has come at the team’s expense.

Solskjaer planned to play a high-octane style in his third full season in charge, having laid the groundwork.

But with Ronaldo losing his former speed, although he was an indestructible figure at the front end, the Red Devils’ improvement quickly faded.

With Reus, he spent more time off the field than on the field in recent years.

And that’s something United should consider, at a time when they are apparently exploring a way to bring the veteran to Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Should Reus move to United, he would become the last player to leave Dortmund for the Red Devils.

Shinji Kagawa arrived with high hooooooooooooooopes in 2012 but, after failing to impress, was dropped by Louis van Gaal.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined in 2016 but, despite winning the Europa League, he never made it to the ranks.

And, in the summer of 2021, United recruited Jadon Sancho after agreeing to shell out a massive £73 million.

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