9. Owen Hargreaves
The case of Owen Hargreaves was a rather controversial case. Sir Alex bought a defensive midfielder keeping in mind that he needed a holding defensive midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 formation and Hargreaves was perfect for it because he had good passing skills and was a physical midfielder as well, and could also be deployed as a right back. But, being an Englishman himself, he couldn’t survive the physicality of the Premier League and was soon plagued with ankle injuries and hamstring problems. However, he claims that he was often perfectly fit to start matches but Sir Alex didn’t use him. He comes at the 9th spot in our countdown.