Alex Ferguson is remembered for his time at Manchester United because of the number of trophies he won. While at Manchester United, Ferguson won thirteen Premier League titles and twenty-five other trophies.
Ferguson had an impact on transfers even though other managers might not have the priviledge in modern football.
Of all the players signed by the Scottish manager, some performed beyond expectation despite the limited resources the club spent to sign them. Here we make a list of the five best signings of the former Aberdeen manager.
The players in this list are judged by their performance at the club, talent, influence, the financial implication to bring them to the club, and sell-on values.
EDWIN VAN DER SAR
Arguably, one of the best goalkeepers in the club’s history. Alex Ferguson eventually signed the Dutch goalkeeper in 2005 from Fulham. He also considers him to be the best goalkeeper to have played for the club since Peter Schmeichel.
Manchester United signed Edwin Van Der Sar for a reported fee of two million euros. He ended his career at Old Trafford, playing his last game in a 3-1 defeat to Barcelona - in the final of the UEFA Champions League.
Ferguson tried to him sign him from Ajax, but Edwin decides to move to Juventus, where he struggled to impress. After joining United, he won several trophies for the Red Devils - and his heroics in the penalty shootout in 2008 ensured that Manchester United won the UEFA Champions League ahead of Chelsea.
The Scottish manager signed Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon after the sale of David Beckham to Real Madrid - and the club failed to sign Ronaldinho from PSG.
Manchester United signed Ronaldo for 12.24 million euros. As at that time, he was the first Portuguese to play for United - and the most expensive teenager in English football.
After struggling in his first season, where he scored four premier league goals, Ronaldo developed well and became the first Premier League player to win the Ballon d'Or. He eventually joined Real Madrid for a transfer record fee of 80 million pounds (94 million euros).
Alex Ferguson signed Peter Schmeichel after an impressive outing for Denmark. Manchester United signed him for 505,000 pounds. A fee described by Ferguson as the bargain of the century. The amount was low because he was unknown outside of Denmark around that time.
He spent eight years at Old Trafford and won series of trophies which includes five Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.
In the 1992/1993 season, he helped Manchester United win the Premier League Championship, the first time the club had won England’s top trophy in 26 years. He was named the World Best Goalkeeper in 1993.
Known as the turbulent player in the Leeds United squad, Eric Cantona joined Manchester United in 1992. The deal cost the Red Devils 1.2 million pounds.
In five years at the club, Eric Catona scored sixty-four Premier League goals in 143 appearances.
Alex Ferguson hijacked the signing of Roy Keane from Blackburn Rovers after the relegation of Nottingham Forest. He signed for a British transfer record fee of 3.75 million pounds.
Despite the price tag, Keane is not assured of a starting position in the squad, due to the presence of Paul Ince and Bryan Robson.
The injury problem of Bryan Robson provided him a space in the squad, and he helped United defended their Premier League title.
Keane later captained Manchester United and played 326 games, scoring thirty-three goals.
By - Adewale Adeyemi
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