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What Happened To The Forgotten Defender Who Signed For Man Utd In 2015

What Happened To The Forgotten Defender Who Signed For Man Utd In 2015

In the 2015 January transfer window, Manchester United were linked with several world class defenders.

Mats Hummels and Aymeric Laporte were briefly mentioned but Louis van Gaal, being Louis van Gaal, decided to complete one of the most bizarre transfers in recent memory.

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The Dutchman brought in a Bolton Wanderers player that was statistically the lowest rated (5.56) player in the Championship that season.

In fact, Andy Kellett was ready to join League Two side Plymouth Argyle before Bolton manager Neil Lennon told him that Manchester United wanted him on loan:

"He thought he was going to Plymouth - I said, 'sorry Andy, you're not going to Plymouth, you're going to Man Utd.

"He was surprised to say the least. He rang his dad, who had to sit down for a while to take it all in."

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The 24-year-old was given the opportunity of a lifetime, but his career predictably went downhill after a remarkable loan move to Old Trafford.

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At the time, Kellett had only made four appearances for Bolton and after a disastrous performance against Rotherham a week previous.

The defender made just ten appearances for Manchester United's Under 21's and his loan move was cut short.

Kellett signed for Wigan Athletic and made 14 appearances in a three year spell with the club - a far cry from the day he became Louis van Gaal's final signing of the January transfer window.

Image: PA
Image: PA

How things change.

Topics: Football News, Louis van Gaal, Football, Manchester United, Transfers, players, Premier League, Wigan, Bolton

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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