Manchester United have always been prepared to spend big in pursuit of the finest talent on the planet, with the club’s trophy haul during the Premier League era suggesting that they more often than not get things right on the transfer front. Who, though, are the club’s most elaborate purchases? Goal takes a look at the top 10...
PAUL POGBA £89.3m
A record-breaking purchase from Juventus in the summer of 2016, with the France international becoming the most expensive player in world football as he returned to Old Trafford after four years in Turin.
A hefty price tag led to a product of the Old Trafford academy system seeing his every move dissected in minute detail, with the general consensus being that there is more to come from the highly-rated midfielder.
ROMELU LUKAKU £75m
The Red Devils beat Chelsea to the signature of the striker, who bagged 53 Premier League goals in 110 appearances during his time at Everton. Lukaku was brought to Old Trafford after the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to help with their domestic and Champions League campaigns.
ANGEL DI MARIA £59.7m
Snapped up from Real Madrid on the back of helping the Spanish giants to La Decima in the Champions League, the Argentine forward was expected to sparkle in the Premier League.
He quickly faded after a bright start, though, and was moved on to Paris Saint-Germain after just one season at Old Trafford.
NEMANJA MATIC £40m
Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho secured a reunion with the Serbian holding midfielder in a big-money deal announced on July 31.
Matic was a vital figure as Mourinho led Chelsea to a Premier League title in 2014-15. The 29-year-old has now joined up with his former boss at Old Trafford and will wear the number 31.
JUAN MATA £37.1m
One of David Moyes’ final throws of the dice at Old Trafford was to snap up the Spanish schemer from Chelsea during the 2014 January transfer window.
A two-time Player of the Year at Stamford Bridge, the World Cup winner has reached double figures in terms of goals scored in each of his three full seasons with United and shrugged off speculation regarding his future following the arrival of Jose Mourinho as manager.
ANTHONY MARTIAL £36m
United paid a world record fee for a teenager in the summer of 2015 as they acquired the French forward from Monaco.
Made an immediate impact by netting a spectacular solo effort on his debut against Liverpool, and ended his debut campaign with 17 goals in all competitions, but dipped during his second season at Old Trafford to spark talk of a possible exit at one stage.
VICTOR LINDELOF £31m
The centre-back potentially commands the largest fee the Red Devils have ever shelled out for a defender - just above the number paid for United legend Rio Ferdinand.
A Sweden international, Lindelof departs Benfica with three league titles to his name and will be looking to continue that success as he joins the club for the 2017-18 campaign.
DIMITAR BERBATOV £30.75m
Was considered to be an heir to Eric Cantona with his mercurial talents at Old Trafford and tasted Premier League, League Cup and Club World Cup success during four years with the Red Devils.
ERIC BAILLY £30m
Became Mourinho’s first signing as United manager when completing a big-money move from Villarreal in June 2016.
Settled quickly in English football and despite seeing his debut season punctured by untimely injuries and the Africa Cup of Nations, offered enough to suggest that he is destined for a bright future at Old Trafford.
RIO FERDINAND £29.3m
Crossing the divide from Leeds to Manchester United in the summer of 2002, the Red Devils broke the British transfer record to land the classy centre-half and made him the world’s most expensive defender for a second time in his career.
Won 17 trophies during 12 seasons with the Red Devils, including six Premier League titles and the Champions League.