Top 10 best signings by Manchester United (1991-2006)

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Known for producing great young talents like Beckham, Giggs, Scholes to name a few, United have had many great signings in the Premier League era.

These players were instrumental in helping the club win titles as well as making the club what it is today.

Here is a list of top 10 signings from 1991-2006

10. ANDY COLE:

New Castle sold Cole in a shock £7 million, making it the then most expensive British transfer.

A lethal striker with an eye for goal, Cole scored 94 goals in 195 appearances in the Premier League for Manchester United.

With 9 major honours with United, Cole was part of the treble winning squad and surely will go down as one of the best strikers in United’s history.

FROM: NEW CASTLE
PRICE: £7 MILLION
YEAR: 1995

9. OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER

Nick named as the Baby Faced Assassin, Solskjaer instantly became a fan favourite.

Arguably, his greatest moment in a United jersey came in the dying minutes of the 1999 Champions League final. Solskjaer poked in a Sheringham header to secure the win and complete the historic treble.

Now as the current Manchester United manager, he’ll try and help put the team back where they belong.

FROM: MOLDE
PRICE: £1.5 MILLION
YEAR: 1996

8. EDWIN VAN DER SAR

United struggled in the goal keeping department since the departure of Peter Schmeichel.

A bit late but eventually, Van Der Sar was signed from Fulham after a few years. At United, Van Der Sar was very clinical with his saves.

His most important save was undoubtedly the penalty save from Nicola Anelka in 2008 Champions League final. The save sealed the victory for United.

FROM: FULHAM
PRICE: £2 MILLION
YEAR: 2005

7. RUUD VAN NISTELROOY

One of the deadliest striker Premier League has ever seen, Van Nistelrooy was in short a one man army. He won the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup with United. 

Van Nisterlrooy held the record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League matches. The Dutchman scored 150 goals in 219 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United.

However, an internal dispute between the manager  and the  player saw an end to his United career.

FROM: PSV EINDHOVEN
PRICE: £19 MILLION
YEAR: 2001

6. PETER SCHMEICHEL

The big Dane was signed from Brondby for a fee of £505,000 a price described by Sir Alex Fergusion as “bargain of the century.”

Schmeichel was an intimidating force between the sticks, winning numerous title with the club.

He left the club on a high by captaining the side to European glory and thus completing the historic treble.

FROM: Brondby
PRICE: £505,000
YEAR: 1991

5. RIO FERDINAND

Sir Alex Ferguson’s most expensive player ever signed was Rio Ferdinand when he splashed the cash for the England defender in 2002.

Rio along with Vidic formed an impenetrable partnership. It will without a doubt go down as one of the best center back pairing in the history.

Fearless, strong tackling abilities and a winning mentality, Rio Ferdinand was a force to reckon with in his prime.

FROM: LEEDS UNITED
PRICE: £29 MILLION
YEAR: 2002

4. ROY KEANE

An epitome of leadership, Roy Keane was a tough, no non-sense type of player.

He wasn’t the most skillful or pacey player, but his work ethic and leadership made up for more than that. 

Roy Keane was at the heart of the midfield for more than a decade and won numerous titles.

FROM: Nottingham Forest
PRICE: £3.75 MILLION
YEAR: 1994

3. WAYNE ROONEY

Who would’ve thought a young boy from Liverpool would go on to become Manchester United’s top scorer?

Not many, but a guy named Wayne Rooney just went on and did it. Rooney is the Premier League’s 2nd highest goal scorer with 208 goals.

Over taking Sir Bobby Charlton record, now with 253 goals in 559 appearances in all competitions, Wayne Rooney is the all time record goal scorer for Manchester United.

Surely, one the greatest!

FROM: EVERTON
PRICE: £27 MILLION
YEAR: 2004

2. ERIC CANTONA

THE KING!

A missing piece in the puzzle for Sir Alex, Eric Cantona helped the club from being contenders to becoming champions.

The enigmatic, charismatic Frenchman inspired his teammates to greater heights with his effervescent style of football.

A strong character on and off the field, Cantona scored a goal in every two games. Dubbed as The King, his legend is still rings round the stands at Old Trafford.

1. CRISTIANO RONALDO

Hated by a few, idolized by millions, it is unbelievable what this man has achieved in life.

A skinny kid from the islands of Madeira, Portugal to dominating world football for more than a decade, his work ethic speaks for itself.

Ronaldo teared the Premier League apart dawning that famous #7 United jersey. His knack for goals, skills and his never give up attitude helped in winning many titles including the Champions League.

With 196 games for United and 84 goals, Cristiano Ronado is perhaps the best signing in Manchester United’s history.

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