Manchester United are one of the greatest clubs in Europe and the only football club to have signed the greatest players in the Premier League history.
The Red Devils have broken the Premier League transfer record so many times before they broke the world record when they re-signed Paul Pogba from Juventus.
Today, we take a look back at Manchester United’s top 10 greatest transfers since 2000.
10. Ruud van Nistelrooy – 2001 – £19m from PSV
Former Netherlands international striker Ruud van Nistelrooy was one of most prolific goalscorers for Manchester United in the 2000s.
The former PSV star has bagged 150 goals in 219 appearances across all competitions before he moved to Real Madrid.
9. Rio Ferdinand – 2002 – £29.1m from Leeds United
Rio Ferdinand signed for Manchester United in 2002 from Leeds United and went on to become a world-class defender.
Former England international defender Ferdinand became the world’s most expensive defender when he joined Leeds United from West Ham United in 2000 for £18m.
The former centre-back broke the record again when he moved to Old Trafford becoming the most expensive British footballer in history at the time.
Ferdinand spent a successful 12-year spell at United, winning everything with the club under manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
8. Cristiano Ronaldo – 2003 – £12.24m from Sporting CP
Ronaldo certainly one of the greatest players of all-time at Manchester United and all over the world.
The Portuguese star was signed by manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003 as a teenager from Sporting CP. He went on to become a world-class forward as he managed to win 3 Premier League titles; Champions League; FIFA Club World Cup; FA Cup; 2 Football League Cups and FA Community Shield.
Ronaldo left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009 after scoring 118 goals in 292 appearances for the Red Devils.
7. Wayne Rooney – 2004 – £27m from Everton
Wayne Rooney is the Manchester United top scorer of all time. The 32-year-old surpassed United legend Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal tally in 2016-17.
The Everton star finished his Manchester United career with 253 goals for the club before returning to his boyhood side.
Former England and United captain is also the Premier League’s second-highest scorer behind former Blackburn Rovers striker Alan Shearer.
Rooney is also United’s top scorer in Europe, as he overtaken Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy’s previous high watermark.
6. Edwin van der Sar – 2005 – £2m from Fulham
Edwin van der Sar joined Manchester United in 2005 from Fulham after many years linked with the Red Devils.
The Dutchman became the long-term solution to Sir Alex Ferguson who has long been looking for Peter Schmeichel replacement.
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