David de Gea is the last player in Man Utd’s 2012-13 squad to leave – Where are the others now?

David de Gea’s departure from Manchester United means officially no one at Old Trafford has played under Sir Alex Ferguson during the 2012-13 season, the Scotsman’s final year at the club.



De Gea was signed by Fergie in 2011, and spent the next 12 years as United’s number one, making more than 500 appearances in all competitions for the Reds and winning the Player of the Year award. Sir Matt Busby’s club year on four separate occasions.

However, rumors about the goalkeeper’s future at Old Trafford have been circulating for some time and he has now announced his departure. His departure means no one at United has ever played under Ferguson, truly marking the end of an era. While the Spaniard’s future is uncertain, we know what happened to every other player who played for the Reds during the 2012-2013 season, and this is where they all ended. end.

thirty first Anders Lindegaard – Retirement

Acting as a quality backup keeper, Anders Lindegaard spent five years at United, regularly trailing de Gea in attack. During the 2012-13 season, the goalkeeper made 13 appearances for the Red Devils, the most in any season he played at Old Trafford.

He left the club in 2015, switching between several teams in England as he traveled from West Bromwich Albion to Preston North End and then to Burnley before he ended his career at Helsinborg in Sweden. , where he retires in 2022.

30 Michael Keane-Everton

Michael Kean

While he only made two league cup appearances during the 2012-13 season at United, Michael Keane has enjoyed a decent career in English football.

Keane made just one Premier League appearance for the Red Devils and was loaned to several clubs before joining Burnley on a permanent deal. After several seasons at Lancashire, he moved on to Everton, where he has been for the past six years.

29 Chris Smalling – AS Roma

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Chris Smalling enjoyed his third season at Old Trafford in the 2012-13 season and made 22 appearances in all competitions. He spent the next six seasons at United but left in 2019 after falling out of favor at the club.

Moving to Italy, joining AS Roma has rejuvenated his career, and he has been a standout player for the club throughout the past four seasons.

28 Jonny Evans-Leicester City

The 2012-13 season was one of Jonny Evans’ final seasons at United. He made 30 appearances for the club that year, winning the overall title of three Premier League titles.

He left West Brom in 2015, spending three seasons at the Hawthorns before moving to Leicester City in 2018, where he has been since.

27 Phil Jones – Free agent

Phil Jones has been sidelined for most of the past two years

When Phil Jones signed for United from Blackburn Rovers, many expected him to solidify himself as a key Reds player for years to come. Ferguson highly valued the defender when he bought him in 2011.

During the 2012-13 season, the defender made 24 appearances in all competitions, but injuries hampered his progress over the next decade and he became the last player under Ferguson. left United when his departure was announced earlier this year. He is currently still a freelance agent, with his future unclear.

26 Rafa – Botafogo

After flirting with the first team for the first four years of his United career, the 2012–13 season marked Rafael’s first regular start in the first team at Old Trafford, making 40 appearances in all competitions at Old Trafford. right-back position.

However, he only stayed at the club for two more years, leaving for Lyon in 2015 and spending another five seasons in France, before he spent a year in Istanbul. He then moved back to his native Brazil, signing for Botafogo in 2021, where he has remained ever since.

25 Ashley Young – Freelance

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 5: Ashley Young of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park on March 5, 2022 in Birmingham, UK. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The 2012-13 season was Ashley Young’s second at Old Trafford, as he made 23 appearances in all competitions and he spent the next seven years at the club before moving to Inter Milan in 2016. 2019.

He spent two years in Italy before returning to former club Aston Villa, but was released after his contract expired at Villa Park this summer, and recent rumors suggest A move to Everton could happen in the future.

24 Scott Wootton – Phoenix Wellington

Across United’s youth levels, the 2012–13 season was Scott Wootton’s final season at the club. Unable to really make it to the side, he made four appearances for the Reds that year, before moving to Leeds United after the campaign.

He spent three years at the club before he switched back and forth between several clubs of the football league, and he is now plying his trade in Australia at Wellington Phoenix, where he has been for two years. past year.

23 Alexander Buttner – County

Alexander Buttner was highly expected when he signed for United in 2012, making him one of Ferguson’s last transfers, but his time at the club was a disappointment. big.

He made just 13 appearances for the Reds that season and left just two years after joining. After moving around Europe, with time in Russia, Belgium and the Netherlands, he spent a short time in the US, before settling in his home country. He currently plays for De Graafschap, signing in 2022.

22 Marnick Vermijl – Thes Sport

Making just two appearances during his time at United, Marnick Vermijl moved in in 2015. He spent time on loan at a number of sides, including Preston, but later settled with Thes Sport in Beligum, where he signed in 2020.

21 Patrice Evra – Retired

Patrice Evra

One of the greatest full-backs in Premier League history, Patrice Evra was a United fixture for the 2012-13 season, making 42 appearances, but he left the club just a year later.

Then there were stints for Juventus, Marseille and West Ham, and the Frenchman retired in 2018. He is now known for his stellar work as a football pundit.

20 Rio Ferdinand – Retirement

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Rio Ferdinand talks about Mason Mount. Credit: Rio Ferdinand Presented YEAR.

Regarded as one of the best centre-backs in Premier League history, Rio Ferdinand’s career went downhill during the 2012-13 season. Having made 34 appearances that year, the Englishman had just one more year at the Reds before leaving in 2014.

He signed with Queens Park Rangers that summer, spending just a year at Loftus Road before retiring. Since then, he has stepped into a specialist role.

19 Antonio Valencia – Retired

Joining United three years earlier, Antonio Valencia was the mainstay of the team during the 2012-13 season, making 40 appearances. He spent the next six years at the club before leaving in 2019.

He retired and founded his own football club, AV25 Club Deportivo in Ecuador.

18 Nemanja Vidic – Retired

Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United

Nemanja Vidic spent seven years at Old Trafford before the 2012-13 season, and that turned out to be his second. The defender made 26 appearances that year, winning his last Premier League title.

He left Inter in 2014, where he spent two years before retiring in 2016.

17 Nick Powell – Stockport County

High hopes for Nick Powell were much sought when he signed for United from Crewe ahead of the 2012-13 season, and his first year was the year he made the most appearances for the club, with six appearances in all competitions.

He has since shone in the Championship for Wigan and Stoke, but was unexpectedly relegated to League Two this summer, joining Stockport County on a free transfer.

16 Shinji Kagawa – Cerezo Osaka

Another top prospect signed by United in the final season of Ferguson, who would have failed at Old Trafford, Shinji Kagawa signed from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2012, and really started his career. in Manchester brilliantly.

With 26 appearances and six goals in all competitions, things were going well, but his form declined since then, and he returned to Dortmund two years later. He recently rejoined his childhood club Cerezo Osaka in Japan.

15 Robbie Brady – Preston North End

Arriving from United’s youth academy, Robbie Brady made one appearance for United in the 2012-13 season, before he was loaned out to Hull City, where he signed a permanent contract a year later. there.

Since then, he has played for a number of British teams and is currently at Preston, where he signs a contract in 2022.

14 Ryan Tunnicliffe – Portsmouth

The 2012-13 season marked the only season of Ryan Tunnicliffe’s four as a senior player at United where he actually appeared. His two league cup performances were not enough to buy him extra game time, and he left the club the following year, joining Fulham.

Since then, he has played for a number of English teams and spent the last two seasons at Portsmouth.

13 Anderson – Retired

Anderson’s career at Old Trafford never quite reached the heights many expected, and his 26 appearances in the 2012-13 season were the beginning of the end.

With just 10 appearances over the next two seasons, he moved back to Brazil in 2015 and retired in 2020 after switching jobs at several clubs.

twelfth Ryan Giggs – Retirement

Ryan Giggs

Widely regarded as one of United’s greatest players, Ryan Giggs’ career came to an end in the 2012-13 season. He made 32 appearances in all competitions that year, winning his 13th and final Premier League trophy.

He retired just a year after Ferguson, ending his career in the summer of 2014. He went on to have four years as head coach of the Wales national team, stepping down in 2022.

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