Former Manchester United striker returns to the Premier League

He famously wore #32 right after the departure of Carlos Tevez.

It has been five years since Manchester United manager  Alex Ferguson signed the 21 year old Senegalese forward despite declaring the club was done making moves. Saying it was too just much to pass up.

Who? Mame Biram Diouf.

Today Diouf returned to the Premiership, signing a 4 year deal but with Stoke City, to prove his doubters he can play in England.

Now 26, Diouf arrivals back to the Premier League after three successful seasons in the Bundesliga with Hannover 96, where he scored a astonishing 25 goals in 57 league matches.

Prior to coming to Old Trafford, Diouf caught the eye of Ferguson with his superb play for Norwegian club Molde, especially during the 2009 season where he scored 16 goals in 29 matches. In a game against rival Brann, Diouf scored a hat trick in the first nine minutes of the game, and added yet another goal 17 minutes later, to help his club to a 5-2 victory.

He scored in his Old Trafford debut, after coming in to replace Wayne Rooney in a 3-0 win over Burnley. Besides that, his time in Manchester was rough. Diouf had a hard time getting any playing time in a clogged forward position and was often loaned out to various clubs. He only officially appeared in nine matches for United, and besides his home debut goal, he went scoreless the remainder of his time. His best moments with the club came in the preseason of 2012. He scored several goals and looked like he was to earn some playing time. But it wasn’t so. Diouf only appeared two more times, in the League Cup, before a January transfer to Germany ended his career with the Red Devils.

Always loved his spirit and dedication, and hope he can continue a successful career with Stoke City.

Hopefully he has better luck with them than he did at Old Trafford.