The greatest United value for money signings ever

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    vidic blood & sand Full Member

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    I think we all agree that player pricing has become insane. £80M for Maguire is completely insane.
    So over the period of a player's career at united, who do you think turned out to be the biggest bargain of them all?

    Personally I'm going for my childhood hero Robbo. But to those who remember the summer of 1981, it became a tug of war between us and liverpool for the signing of Bryan Robson. Although Ron Atkinson joined us from Westbrom after the sacking of Dave Sexton, it looked for a while that Robbo would join liverpool. £1.5M was deemed too much for Martin Edwards, but eventually we settled on a £2M deal for Robbo and Remi Moses I believe. The cost was widely criticised at the time I remember, and later we all went crazy when rumours surfaced about a possible Frank Stapleton signing.

    So Robbo's value I presume is around £1.5M - £1.7M depending on how much Moses was worth. He was a hero of ours for 13 years, and was officially replaced fittingly by Roy Keane for about twice Robbo's price in 1993. Keane is also a big candidate for one of the biggest value for money signings.

    Another major candidate is obviously Cantona who signed for £1.2M in 92. Was inspirational during his time at the club except for one season. Was only with us for 4 and a half seasons though.
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    Drainy Full Member

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    Vidic and Evra - both in a January window, oddly
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    vidic blood & sand Full Member

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    Yeah I thought about him. cost £12M and was sold for £80M. Was with the club for 6 years helping us to win 3 league titles and the Champions league. Massive influence and sold at a huge profit.
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    esmufc07 Won the Grand National Sweepstake once Scout

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    VDS was ridiculously cheap for us.
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    Eric's Seagull Full Member

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    Solskjær for £1.5m was one of the greatest bargain we ever had. 18 goals in 33 games in the League in his first season was absolutely phenomenal.
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    Panther Full Member

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    Edwin van Der Saar - £2m
    Patrice Evra - £5.5m
    Nemanja Vidic - £7m
    Cristiano Ronaldo - £12m
    Michael Carrick - £14m
    Wayne Rooney - £30m
    Rio Ferdinand - £30m

    £100m for 7 key players for our 08 CL winners squad, amazing.
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    Tomuś Nani is crap, I tell you!

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    Javier Hernandez for £6m wasn't too shabby I guess.
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    Van Piorsing Lost his light sabre

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    Van Persie - £24m. Literal title winning signing.

    Schmeichel - £750k.
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    Eric's Seagull Full Member

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    Denis Irwin for £625,000 was another one, solid left-back model pro and stayed with us for 12 seasons.
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    Add Park Ji Sung for £4m!
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    Chairman Steve Full Member

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    37 goal season RVP bought for probably a third of his real value at the time.
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    Before entering this thread - I thought of Ronaldo, Vidic, Evra and Hernandez.
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    Surely Cantona was probably the best business saf has ever done.
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    Shakesey Full Member

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    That was considered steep. Last year of contract and all that.
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    thesheriffjw New Member

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    Cantona - £1m

    He started the revolution. Was a leader, a talisman, a lunatic, a goalscorer, a provider, your go to guy.

    Box office and top top drawer
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    Schmeichel. Madness nobody bought him before us.
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    Yep, we signed one of the greatest 5 footballers of all time for 12 mil (although he obviously wasn't when we signed him) and sold for a 68 mil profit. Close thread.
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    Van Piorsing Lost his light sabre

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    He was cheaper than Berbatov who was signed almost 4 years before. From player's quality and impact standpoint that's definition of value for money.
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    vidic blood & sand Full Member

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    RVP - bought for £24M and sold for £3.4M three years later. Hmmmmmm

    Schmeichel however - could be in the top 3.
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    :nervous: I'm a bit confuse. Isn't bargain a low price but high value..

    If we only consider the highest prices at the time of purchase (since the market prices changes overtime)..

    For me, maybe Wayne Rooney. 10+ seasons, key player most of it, break our goalscoring record and actually brought in more titles and trophies. Sure the ending isn't full of fondness, but why only look at the end.
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    Big Pete for 500k.
    Irwin for 700k.
    Ronaldo for 12m
    Vidic for 6m
    Evra for 5.5m
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    arnie_ni Full Member

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    Was going to say roy Keane but was he a record signing at the time?
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    Shakesey Full Member

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    Yeah. He was great, obviously.

    Just saying we paid a lot for him.

    Sorry, meant to reply to @Van Piorsing
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    VorZakone What would Kenny G do?

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    He also moved to United at a relatively old age (27 or 28?). Interesting career.
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    Van Piorsing Lost his light sabre

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    Van Persie won the title.

    The title cost pretty much 24m. That was superb business.
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    vidic blood & sand Full Member

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    Six years at the club inspiring us to win 3 Prem titles and a CL, sold at a profit of £68M. Not sure if he's a top candidate personally.
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    reddevil80 New Member

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    King Eric for me but I would also say Van Nistelrooy too. One of my all time faves and an absolute bargain was Captain Marvel himself, Bryan Robson but ultimately, for me, Eric Cantona.
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    Schmeichal for £500k
    Irwin £625k
    Park for £4m
    Cantona £1.2m
    Van der Saar £2m

    Players like Pallister, Keane or Rooney aren’t bargains in the sense that they were record signings at the time, and it’s only time that’s shown them to be great value for money.
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    vidic blood & sand Full Member

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    Robbo was a record signing for us too, but after 13 years driving us on, what was £1.5M?
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    FireballXL5 New Member

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    First name I thought of too. Couldn't believe it when Leeds let him come to us.
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    vidic blood & sand Full Member

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    Cost for return over time.
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    bargain
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    "a thing bought or offered for sale much more cheaply than is usual or expected"
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    We did a lot of great cheap deals Ole, Kanchelskis, Irwin, Ronny Johnsen and you can add Ronaldo for what he bought and of course the profit we made from selling him.....but for me it is barely even a debate, two deals we have done stand out far and way above any others

    Schmeichel - For me and I am biased, the best keeper of all time for a pittance and instrumental in league titles with the points he saved and moves he started, revolutionary in his time

    Cantona - Has to be the number one £1m and he was bought as David Hirst got injured if I remember rightly? Bought for a team who hadnt won the league for so many years, he was the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle and start of the years of success we enjoyed....also instrumental in his influence like a pied piper of the Fergie fledglings
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    Tarrou Full Member

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    Cantona, easily
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    NotoriousISSY $10mil and I fecked it up!

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    Vidic and Evra as a double signing, along with VDS 6 months prior. It took a few months but that was the final piece of the jigsaw.

    Carrick, VDS, Vidic and Evra came to about £32m? 13 years ago or not, £32m doesn't even buy you a right back now :houllier:
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    Gonçalo Motta Full Member

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    I'm a bit tired of saying his name these days, but it has to be Ronaldo.
    Bought for 12 million, sold by 80 million and in between, he was a key player in the league titles and 1 champions league.
    I feel like that era was the last time that Man Utd was actually relevant (not only because of him ofc).
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    Eric's Seagull Full Member

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    Denis Irwin who I mentioned earlier won 20 trophies including 7 Premierships and 3 FA cups and 1 Champions League whilst providing a vital contribution all the time.