More than three years, three managers and seven transfer windows after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, Manchester United have still been struggling translate their financial muscle on the pitch with nearly £470 million spent on transfers.
Moyes started the spending with £67 million spent in his only season in charge but with little results. Van Gaal continued the extravaganza with more than £100 million spending in both his seasons and acquiring superstars like Falcao and Angel Di Maria but to no avail as both of them failed at the club. Mourinho has kept his reputation of a big spender intact with £150 million spent in a single window including the record-breaking signing of Pogba for £89 million. However, the team is yet to mount a serious challenge for the league title and are still struggling to compete for a top 4 place
Only a few of the new players have proven their worth in Man Utd shirt while most of the transfers have either failed or proven to be too expensive. Here we look at the top 5 transfers by Manchester United over the last four seasons:
#5 Paul Pogba
The biggest shock of this transfer window has been the return of Paul Pogba to Old Trafford. A £89 million move from Juventus has been termed as gross overspending by the critics and the fans alike.
Pogba’s performances were inconsistent for the first few couple of months as he is adjusting to the different league and different team. But he is slowly but surely proving his worth by consistently controlling the midfield. He has been unlucky to get only a single assist so far in the league as he has created ten clear cut chances and 25 chances so far, the most by any United player.
His intelligent and immaculate passing has often been on display, and the Frenchman has magnified his performances with five goals already this season.
However, this insane transfer fee hasn’t just been for the footballing talent that the French midfielder possesses in abundance. It has been a signing of intent. Possibly signing the most talented midfielder in the world from a club which is competing for the Champions League at a time when Manchester United are struggling to stay in Europa shows the financial pull of the club despite the results.
The glory days haven’t returned yet, but this signing could be the start of a new era at the club.