Manchester United’s 7 Most Expensive Player Signings

7. Victor Lindelof – £31 million

Victor Lindelof was signed for £31 million in the summer by Jose Mourinho after a brilliant season in Benfica, where he featured in 47 matches. Compared to the likes of Jaap Stam and Nemanja Vidic, he was nicknamed as “iceman” for his tough physical play and calmness on the ball. However, Lindelof’s first season at Old Trafford has failed to live up to the expectations so far, and he came under criticism especially during the loss to Huddersfield back in October. His performances with the national during the World Cup qualifiers, though, still have some fans convinced that the big Swede will eventually find his feet in United.

6. Anthony Martial – £36 million

Anthony Martial became the most expensive teenager in the world when Manchester United signed him from Monaco back in 2015. Martial was a key player for Monaco as they advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League during the 2014/15 season, and was even dubbed as the new Thierry Henry. Although the 22-year-old had a fantastic debut season at Old Trafford, where he featured 49 times and scored 17 goals, his game time has been cut short by Jose Mourinho. There have been many rumors of problems between him and the United manager in recent months, and it’s not clear whether the Frenchman will stay put at Manchester longterm.

5. Juan Mata – £37.1 million

Juan Mata was brought in as an emergency January signing during David Moyes’ lone season in charge of Manchester United. Having been Chelsea’s player of the year in last two seasons, United spent big to bring Mata’s talents to Old Trafford. So far, the 29-year-old has made 169 appearances across all competitions for the Red Devils, and contributed with 39 goals and 24 assists. However, his time in Manchester may come to an end soon due to the rumors of Jose Mourinho chasing Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.

4. Nemanja Matic – £40 million

Jose Mourinho managed to reunite with Nemanja Matic when Manchester United splashed £40 million in the summer to bring him to Old Trafford. Having been a key player of Chelsea in last three seasons, where he won the Premier League twice, Matic was expected to boost United’s midfield with his strong presence. So far, he has featured 29 times for the Red Devils and is slowly becoming an important member of the club.

3. Angel Di Maria – £59.7 million

Widely known as Manchester United’s most expensive flop, Angel Di Maria’s time in Old Trafford was a forgettable one for all parties involved. Signed for a club record during the 2014 summer and was handed the legendary number seven shirt, there were a lot of high expectations for Di Maria, who played a key role in Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph and Argentina’s World Cup final appearance. However, the 29-year-old never quite settled in England, as his home was the scene of an attempted burglary in 2015 while his wife did not want to live in the country. Labelled as the worst signing of the season at the end of 2014/15, Di Maria was sold to PSG for around £44 million in the following summer.

2. Romelu Lukaku – £75 million

Although there was a reported interest from his former club Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku decided to reunite with Jose Mourinho and join Manchester United in the past summer for a staggering £75 million transfer fee. After proving himself as a top goal scorer during his time with West Brom and Everton, Lukaku was expected to bring United to a different level with his goals. So far, the big Belgian has netted 16 times in 31 appearances for his new club, which is a respectable productivity from a striker. However, with his price tag, Lukaku is expected to deliver more especially in big occasions.

1. Paul Pogba – £89.3 million

Paul Pogba broke the record for the most expensive transfer when he signed for Manchester United from Juventus back in 2016 for a fee of £89.3 million, beating out the amount Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale three years earlier. Having been a youth product of United, Pogba returned to the club hoping to prove how wrong Sir Alex Ferguson was for letting him go. So far, the Frenchman has shown flashes of brilliance in United shirt at times, and contributed in the club’s Europa League and EFL Cup triumphs last season. However, consistency seems to be the main issue for Pogba and many critics are still not convinced he has justified the heavy price tag.