Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. As is the title identical when it comes to spending it on Players. The Premier League Giants have splashed a lot of money, but most of the signings have never been up to the mark.
In 2013, one of the greatest eras came to an end. Sir Alex Ferguson brought his 27-year-old reign at United as the manager to an end in 2013. He won 13 League titles with the last one coming in his final year. Little did anyone know one will have to wait for an eternity for another title.
After Sir Alex’s retirement, United have featured 4 managers including Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 7 years with none of them having the lucky break on the title so far.
This is not the only shocking part. The exact amount is not known but we can reveal that it has very well surpassed the £1 billion mark. After signing Harry Maguire last year, total spending had reached £968 million. Since then players worth more than £100 million have joined.
For a better insight, Sir Alex only spent £721million on players in his 27-year tenure. It took only 7 years and bad management to surpass that amount.
RANKING MANCHESTER UNITED’ LATEST ADDITIONS:
Harry Maguire (£80 million from Leicester City) – 5/10
Manchester United was in dire need of a World-class defender after their disappointing season. Maguire was under their radar for a few months, but their asking price was fairly said to be high. Ed Woodward was stalling with the hope of Leicester City reducing their asking price but ended up buying him for £85 million and wasting the whole of the transfer window.
With the transfer, he became the costliest defender surpassing Virgil Van Djik’s £75 million move to Liverpool.
When you become the costliest player, the performance must be matching the price tag. Fair to say he was overrated. His performance in the start was so bad that the fans feared for another transfer down the drain.
Gradually he improved and is giving a steady performance. But that doesn’t change the fact that he is not worth the money.
Bruno Fernandes ( £67 million from Sporting Lisbon) – 10/10
It is really baffling how United pulled off the right transfer. 7 years and 37 signings later, United somehow got the right one. Had Bruno chosen Tottenham Hotspur, it would have been a different story now.
Right from the start, his presence was felt. He has hardly completed a whole year with the reds, that he has already broken enough records. His impact was so imminent that he won the Premier League POTM award in February, his first month. He won the award again in March making him the 7th player to win this award 2 times in a row. In November he won his third.
We can balance the sheet of Maguire’s overpayment and Bruno’s underpayment. This was the biggest loot in the history of United’s post-Ferguson signings.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka ( £50 million from Crystal Palace) – 8/10
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was signed by Ole as the replacement for the outgoing Ashley Young and Antonia Valencia. The Right-Back has cemented his place in the squad since.
He is famously termed as The Spider for the tackles he makes. He has mastered slide-tackling so precisely that not one match goes by without his famous move. In fact, stats show that last season Wan Bissaka had registered the most tackles. He has lived up to his price with his performances and he is still improving.
Donny Van De Beek ( £40 million from Ajax) – 7/10
Donny Van De Beek became the 13th Dutch player to join United when he completed his move in September this year.
He is an attacking midfielder and was an integral part of the Ajax club that won the double the previous season. There were a lot of questions as to where he was to fit in the squad as he played in the same position as that of Bruno Fernandes. Pundits were criticizing the player’s choice of joining United and that he had made a mistake.
Ole, however, says that he will be getting his chance as this season has a lot of fixtures. Van De Beek has hardly played to prove his worth, but as much as he has played he has made some good impressions. He also scored his goal on his debut against Crystal Palace.
Alex Telles ( £15 million from Porto) – 7/10
The addition of Alex Telles gave Luke Shaw some respite from his playtime.
Luke was getting injured frequently and Brandon Williams was young to be given such a burden. Alex is known for his attacking skills and free-kick abilities. This is a further boost as United were never able to press ahead due to a lack of attacking full-backs.
Luke getting injured for a month saw him start a few games and he was impressive.
Overall, the transfers made under Ole, other than Maguire, have proved to be some of the best since the post-Ferguson era at Manchester United.
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