8 of Sir Alex Ferguson's best signings
Sir Alex Ferguson signed and honed many footballers to become superstars but who were his greatest signings?
Sir Alex Ferguson is arguably the greatest football manager of all time. In a coaching career spanning over three decades, he won numerous trophies. The lion’s share of those trophies was won while he was in charge of Manchester United.
In an incredibly long tenure of 27 years, Ferguson won 38 titles for United including 13 Premier Leagues and 2 UEFA Champions Leagues.
Like all supremely successful managers, Ferguson was spot on with his tactics, instinctive with his substitutions and judicious with his signings. There were players like Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville who graduated from the Academy and went on to become United legends.
However, apart from them, Ferguson spotted talented young players, signed them and made them stars.
We take a look at eight of Ferguson’s best signings for United:
#8 Ruud Van Nistelrooy
The Dutch striker spent five seasons at United and scored an incredible 150 goals in 219 games. Those included vital goals against arch-rivals Liverpool and Arsenal, and a brilliant display in a 4-3 win against that great Real Madrid side in 2003.
Nistelrooy was primarily a poacher inside the box and did not contribute much otherwise, but his goal scoring ability was sufficient to make him a prized signing.
The striker won the PFA player of the year award in his inaugural season with United, and also won a Premier League title in the 2002-03 season.
His stint at Old Trafford coincided with the rise of Chelsea under Jose Mourinho and Arsenal's Invincibles, otherwise, he would have left with more silverware.