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Top 10 Manchester United Signings Post-Alex Ferguson Era

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Over the past decade, Manchester United has seen significant changes since the departure of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. With new managers at the helm, the Red Devils have made several key signings, shaping the club’s future and restoring its glory. As they aim to build a formidable squad for the upcoming season, let’s take a look at the top 10 signings that have left a lasting impact in the post-Ferguson era.

10. Alejandro Garnacho: Emerging Talent Making Waves

Though still in the early stages of his career, Alejandro Garnacho has shown immense promise. Secured for a mere £100,000 ($128,000) from Atletico Madrid in 2020, the Argentine international has already justified his signing with five goals and as many assists under Erik ten Hag’s guidance.

9. Ander Herrera: A Midfield Dynamo

In 2014, Ander Herrera became Louis van Gaal’s first signing for Manchester United, and he quickly proved his worth. Playing a vital role in the midfield, Herrera was instrumental in winning the League Cup and Europa League. His 189 appearances for the club showcased his dedication and skill.

8. Cristiano Ronaldo: The Homecoming King

Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Old Trafford ahead of the 2021-22 season was nothing short of a fairytale. The Portuguese superstar continued his goal-scoring prowess, ending the season as Manchester United’s highest Premier League goal scorer with 18 strikes.

7. Raphael Varane: Defensive Rock

Acquired for £50m ($64m) from Real Madrid, Raphael Varane’s presence bolstered Manchester United’s defense. His absence was deeply felt in the games he couldn’t play, and his impact was evident in the team’s performance throughout the season.

6. Juan Mata: Stability in Midfield

David Moyes’ second signing at Manchester United, Juan Mata, brought much-needed stability to the midfield. Though not flashy, Mata’s creativity and intelligent play made him an integral part of the team, featuring in 285 games.

5. Lisandro Martinez: Fearless Defender

Lisandro Martinez defied doubts about his height to become a fearless defender for Manchester United. His impeccable tackles and timely interceptions have earned him a place as one of the team’s preferred center-backs. Martinez also doubles as a vocal leader and can excel in the role of a defensive midfielder.

4. Luke Shaw: Resilient Left-Back

Luke Shaw’s journey at Old Trafford has been a rollercoaster ride, but his resurgence as a resilient left-back has been commendable. Ten Hag relies on Shaw, and he has consistently delivered stellar performances since his £30m ($38m) move from Southampton in 2014.

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Ageless Superstar

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, at 34, defied age with his scoring prowess, netting 28 goals in his debut Manchester United season. His brace in the League Cup final victory against Southampton in 2017 exemplified his impact and leadership on and off the field.

2. Casemiro: Midfield Enforcer

Manchester United’s acquisition of Casemiro was critical in reshaping their midfield. The Brazilian international brought versatility, defensive prowess, and attacking threat. His contributions have been invaluable in the team’s overall performance.

1. Bruno Fernandes: The Maestro of Manchester United

Arguably the best signing in the post-Ferguson era, Bruno Fernandes has been nothing short of sensational since joining Manchester United in 2020. With 64 goals and numerous assists, the Portuguese midfielder has been the driving force behind the team’s success. Ten Hag’s faith in Bruno is evident, as he will lead the team as captain in the upcoming season.

These top 10 signings have breathed new life into Manchester United, propelling them back to success on the domestic and international stage. As the club looks ahead to the next season, these players’ contributions will continue to shape the future and legacy of the Red Devils.

 

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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