Quiet morning at work (what's new!) so I've been doing some digging to see how United have performed in the transfer market since Fergie retired, compared to our rivals. First of all, I looked at all the players that cost £10m+ (to try and filter out youth signings, "punts" etc. and focus on players signed for the first team) and allocated them into "success", "flops" and "partial success". Obviously, this is mainly my own opinion but I've tried to be fair. To be a success players need to be first team regulars and viewed by neutrals as being good players. "Partial success" could be useful squad players that won't start every game but generally perform well when picked. Flops are players that either aren't getting games or do get games and get viewed as neutrals as being a bit crap. Caveat: This is obviously harsh on "yong and lernin" players or players only signed very recently. Obviously, a bunch of "flops" could end up promoted out of that category. but I can't use a crystal ball so am judging on what has happened up until right now only. Spoiler: Top of the Flops MUFC Fellaini - Partial Success (Flop?) Mata - Partial Success Di Maria - Flop Shaw - Flop Hererra - Partial Success Rojo - Flop Blind - Partial Success Martial - Partial Success Schneiderlin - Flop Depay - Flop Schweinsteiger - Flop Darmian - Flop Pogba - Success (?) Ibrahimovic - Success Mkhitaryan - Flop Lukaku - Success Matic - Success Lindelof - Flop Sanchez - Flop MCFC Fernandinho - Success Jovetic - Flop Negredo - Flop Navas - Flop Bony - Flop Mangala - Flop Fernando - Flop Sagna - Success De Bruyne - Success Delph - Flop Sterling - Success Ottamendi - Success Stones - Partial Success Sane - Success Jesus - Partial Success Gundogan - Partial Success Nolito - Flop Bravo - Flop Laporte - Flop (?) Mendy - Success Walker - Success Silva - Flop (?) Ederson - Success Danilo - Flop Luiz - Flop AFC Ozil - Success Sanchez - Success Chambers - Flop Debuchy - Flop Paulista - Flop Welbeck - Flop Cech - Partial Success Elneny - Flop Xhaka - Flop Mustafi - Flop Perez - Flop Aubameyang - Success Lacazette - Flop Mkhitaryan - Flop (?) LFC Sakho - Flop Lovren - Partial Success Markovic - Flop Origi - Flop Can - Partial Success Moreno - Flop Balotelli - Flop Benteke - Flop Firmino - Success Clyne - Success Milner - Success Mane - Success Wijnaldum - Success Matip - Flop Van Dijk - Success Salah - Success Oxlade-Chamberlain - Success THFC Soldado - Flop Lamela - Partial Success Paulinho - Flop Eriksen - Success Son - Success Alderweireld - Success N'Jie - Flop Sissoko - Flop Wanyama - Success Sanchez - Success Janssen - Flop Llorente - Flop Foyth- Flop Moura - Flop Aurier - Partial Success CFC Willian - Success Matic - Success Salah - Flop Zouma - Flop Schurrle - Flop Eto'o - Flop Costa - Success Fabregas - Success Luis - Flop Remy - Flop Cuadrado - Flop Pedro - Partial Success Batshuayi - Flop Kante - Success Luiz - Partial Success Morata - Flop Bakayoko - Flop Drinkwater - Flop Zappacosta - Partial Success Rudiger - Flop (?) Emerson - Flop Alonso - Success Giroud - Flop Barkley - Flop I hereby introduce my patented "Flops Ratio" (S:PS:F) for each club in the top six. MCFC = 9:3:13 MUFC = 4:5:10 THFC = 5:2:8 LFC = 8:2:7 CFC = 6:3:14 AFC = 3:1:10 I then got interested in the absolute number of signings (for any fee, no matter how small) of all the clubs over that same period of time. Which tots up as follows: MCFC = 43 MUFC = 23 THFC = 29 LFC = 35 CFC = 43 AFC = 23 Now my take on all of the above is that the two "managerial dynasty" clubs (MUFC and AFC )have a very different approach to transfers to the others. They make much fewer signings and (certainly in recent years) seem to have a pretty crappy record of unearthing any gems despite this supposedly more targeted approach (5th and 6th lowest number of "Success" signings with 3rd and 4th highest number of flops). So maybe Moyesy was onto something when all those rumours came out how horrified he was at the state of our scouting network and the general transfer strategy of the club? I guess Tottenham are a bit of an outlier but they're broke. Which muddies the waters a bit. Discuss.