From Eric Cantona to Eric Djemba-Djemba, we take a look at Sir Alex Ferguson’s best and worst signings as Manchester United boss.
Ferguson was a keen promoter of home-grown talent but his incredible collection of silverware would not have been possible without some stunning transfer coups for Manchester United.
Beginning with Eric Cantona and ending with Robin van Persie, Ferguson has usually spent money wisely at Old Trafford, although there have been some famous flops...
1. Eric Cantona (£1.2m)
Signed from bitter rivals Leeds United for just £1.2 million in 1992, the feisty French maverick was influential in United winning the title a year later. Kung-fu exploits aside, the charismatic Cantona went on to win three more titles and remains a true United icon.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (£12m)
When Ferguson signed Ronaldo for £12m from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 to replace David Beckham, many questioned his judgement but the Scot moulded him from a flashy winger into a prolific goalscorer who netted 42 times in the 2007-08 season. Sold to Real Madrid for £80m.
3. Robin Van Persie (£24m)
After losing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City last season, Ferguson beat their bitter local rivals to the signing of the Dutch striker from Arsenal and his 25 league goals helped United cruise to this season's championship.
4. Peter Schmeichel (£505,000)
A colossus between the posts, the Danish international signed from Brondby in 1991 will go down as one of United's greatest goalkeepers. Fearless and demonstrative, Schmeichel led from the back for eight years. Only cost half a million pounds, described by Fergie as "the bargain of the century".
5. Roy Keane (£3.75m)
Signed to replace Bryan Robson in United's midfield engine room, Ireland midfielder Keane stamped his authority on the side throughout the 1990s, leading his team-mates by example. His rivalry with Arsenal's Patrick Vieira was pure box office.
6. Nemanja Vidic (£7m)
7. Ruud van Nistelrooy (£19m)
The combative Dutchman scored 95 goals in 150 league games for United after signing from PSV in 2001 for £19m. Remains United's top scorer in European competitions.
8. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (£1.5m)
Unknown outside Norway when he arrived in 1996, Solskjaer's ability to score vital goals, often after coming off the bench, endeared him to fans and Ferguson. Scored 126 goals in 11 years, including that strike in the 1999 Champions League final.
1. Eric Djemba-Djemba (£3.5m)
Cameroon international who was signed from Nantes in 2003 to fill the hole left by Roy Keane but was completely out of his depth and made just 20 appearances.
2. Juan Sebastian Veron (£28m)
Arrived at United in 2001 from Lazio for £28m with a glowing reputation but things did not go to plan for the midfielder and he was eventually sold to Chelsea for half the price. A fine footballer - who went on to impress at Inter Milan - but not right for the hustle and bustle of the Premier League as it was back then.
3. Kleberson (£6.5m)
Signed on the back of Brazil's 2002 World Cup triumph but the south American managed just two league goals in two years.
4. Diego Forlan (£6.9m)
Hard-working Uruguayan striker Forlan was signed in January 2002 and failed to score for the rest of the season. Overshadowed by Ruud van Nistelrooy and eventually sold to Villarreal where he thrived, as he did at Atletico Madrid. Like Veron, not suited to the English game, but United fans have fond memories due to a match-winning turn against rivals Liverpool.
5. Bebe (£7m)
Signed from Portuguese club Vitoria Setubal in 2010, the striker has been virtually anonymous ever since. His transfer fee - around £7m - raised eyebrows as he had never actually played in the top flight in his homeland, having impressed scouts in pre-season.
6. Massimo Taibi (£4.5m)
Took over the gloves from Schmeichel in 1999 but quickly dropped them. His fourth and final appearance saw the goalkeeper allow a Matthew le Tissier shot through his legs. Packed back to Italy soon afterwards.
7. Gabriel Obertan (£3m)
A tricky winger, Obertan was signed for about three million pounds from Bordeaux in 2009. Proved too lightweight and lasted just two years before moving to Newcastle United.
8. Jordi Cruyff (£1.4m)
Son of the great Johan Cruyff, Jordi was signed from Barcelona. Occasionally showed the family pedigree but there were few high points in his 45 appearances.
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