Manchester United's costliest players after Juan Mata

Jan 28, 2014, 01:25 IST | A Correspondent

MiD DAY looks at the nine most costliest players signed by the Red Devils after they splurged 37.1 million pounds on Chelsea player, making him their most expensive buy

Juan Mata
1 Juan Mata

Cost: 37.1 million pounds
From: Chelsea

2 Dimitar Berbatov
Cost: 30.7million pounds
From: Tottenham Hotspur
Year: 2008
Impact: The striker from Bulgaria displayed moments of magic at Old Trafford but could not to cement a first team place and was eventually packed off to Fulham last season.

3 Rio Ferdinand
Cost: 29.3million pounds
From: Leeds United
Year: 2002
Impact: Ferdinand has been United’s defensive mainstay since his arrival in July 2002. However, the England international may leave as a free agent at the end of the current season.

4 J Sebastian Veron
Cost: 28.1million pounds
From: Lazio
Year: 2001
Impact: The Argentine midfielder did not exactly hit the high notes during his two seasons at United. He was eventually transferred to Chelsea.

5 Marouane Fellaini
Cost: 27million pounds
From: Everton
Year: 2013
Impact: The Belgian, a deadline day buy, was manager David Moyes’ first big signing. However, the defensive midfielder has not exactly been an inspirational signing.

Wayne Rooney
6 Wayne Rooney

Cost: 25.6million pounds
From: Everton
Year: 2004
Impact: The striker, who played under Moyes at Everton, brilliantly introduced himself to the Red Devils with a hat-trick in the Champions League. Since then he has gone on to become one of the world’s best players.

Robin Van Persie
7 Robin Van Persie

Cost: 24million pounds
From: Arsenal
Year: 2012
Impact: The Dutchman fired United to the Premier League title in just his first season at United after forcing through a transfer at Arsenal.

8 Anderson
Cost: 20.4million pounds
From: Porto
Year: 2007
Impact: The Brazilian has made 177 appearances for United so far. However, his stint at Old Trafford has been marred by questions about his fitness. He was loaned to Fiorentina earlier this month.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy
9 Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Cost: 19million pounds
From: PSV Eindhoven
Year: 2001
Impact: The striker became a key figure at United, scoring 150 goals in five seasons. Van Nistelrooy, known for his penchant to score goals from inside the box, later moved to Real Madrid in 2006.

10 David De Gea
Cost: 18.9million pounds
From: Atletico Madrid
Year: 2011
Impact: De Gea, brought in as Edwin van der Sar’s replacement, is currently United’s No 1 ’keeper despite his multiple goalkeeping blunders.


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