The Red Devils have never been hesitant to spend lavishly, and the most expensive signings they’ve made during their time in the Premier League have included a mix of successful and unsuccessful players.
In October 1980, Manchester United broke their transfer record by spending £1 million to acquire Garry Birtles from Nottingham Forest. From that point forward, they would continue to shatter their transfer record on a regular basis until they purchased Paul Pogba from Juventus for £89 million in 2016.
There have been more successes than failures in terms of the business transactions carried out by one of the most distinguished organizations on the face of the globe. However, there have been fewer failures than successes.
The Red Devils have never been afraid to splash the cash, particularly after establishing themselves as a dominant force in English football under Sir Alex Ferguson. GOAL is here to bring you a full run down of the most elaborate purchases the Red Devils have made during their time playing in the Premier League.
After learning that Keane had a deal in place to join Blackburn Rovers from Nottingham Forest, United swooped in and snatched him away from the City Ground, breaking the British transfer record in the process. Keane is an Irish midfielder.
At that time, Keane was just a rough diamond, but Ferguson was able to polish him into a global superstar who will always be remembered as an important figure in the history of British football.
The no-nonsense midfielder would go on to become captain of the Red Devils, and the standards he expected of himself and those around him helped United win seven Premier League crowns, four FA Cups, and one Champions League triumph over the course of 12 years that will be remembered fondly.
Cole was the winner of the Premier League Golden Boot in the 1993–1994 season, and his heroics in front of goal for Newcastle made him an obvious target for United as they began to consolidate their grip on English football at the time.
He would go on to record 121 efforts for the Red Devils through 275 appearances, despite regularly facing questions of his finishing ability. Within weeks of his arrival at Old Trafford, he made history when he netted five times in one match against Ipswich. He would go on to record 121 efforts for the Red Devils through 275 appearances.
Cole was a pivotal figure in Manchester United’s historic drive to Treble glory in 1998–1999. Despite being the prototypical fox in the box, one could always count on Cole to do his part for the collective cause. This was especially true during United’s run in 1998–1999.