I'm looking for two or three writers to join the Five Cantonas team. Three or four posts a week. Intelligent and realistic. Drop me a line; redben at fivecantonas dot com

Robin Van Persie Follows In The Footsteps of £250m Worth of Talent

The £24 million signing of Robin van Persie represents the most expensive bit of business we’ve done this summer. Indeed, it’s the most we’ve paid for a player since we fronted £33.5m for Dimitar Berbatov back in 2008. We don’t really do huge transfer fees, and we’ve had a few very expensive mistakes.

How to we fare overall with big money moves? Here we look back at our most expensive transfer each Premier League season. Some are all time United legends for the right reasons, and some we will never forget for the wrong.

2011/12 – David De Gea, £19m

Dave struggled at the start of last season but, after briefly losing his place to Anders Lindegaard, came back very strongly in the second half of the season. Comfortably first choice and expected to have a massive season ahead of him.

2010/11 – Chris Smalling, £10m

Smalling was signed from Fulham after only a handful of first team games, but impressed after being forced into the first team due to an injury crisis. Comfortable at right-back or central defence, he is the natural successor to Rio Ferdinand.

2009/10 – Antonio Valencia, £16.0m

The reigning player of the season was signed to replace Ronaldo, and despite being far less flashy is almost as effective in the traditional winger role. A hugely popular player who rises to any challenge, we can expect him to be in the first team picture for a number of seasons yet.

2008/09 – Dimitar Berbatov, £30.75m

The mercurial Berbatov was cruelly misunderstood by fans and Sir Alex alike. One of the most watchable and cultured footballers in the world, his face just doesn’t fit at Old Trafford, and it looks likely that he will leave this summer. Played a huge role in our 19th league title win.

2007/08 – Owen Hargreaves, £17m

Joined from Bayern Munich a year after an eye catching World Cup campaign, but his career was utterly destroyed by knee trouble. Scored a memorable winner against City and played a key role in the 2008 Champions League final, but has struggled massively since and remains without a club.

2006/07 – Michael Carrick, £18.6m

Carrick reinvigorated a United side that had become stagnant, and helped us regain our crown in his first season and become European champions in his second. Another much maligned player, fans are finally coming round to just how much he contributes to the team’s success.

2005/06 – Nemanja Vidic, £7m

A cheap year for United, but the inspirational Vidic was a brilliant bit of January business. Now our captain, he is rated as one of the world’s best centre backs and was missed hugely last season as we missed out on the title by the narrowest of margins.

2004/05 – Wayne Rooney, £27m

Rooney upset Evertonians by leaving having announced “once a blue, always a blue” but has more than justified his transfer fee in the mean time. A spiky character who divides opinion as a person, his playing attributes are unquestionably brilliant and, if he could just stop his form falling off a cliff every couple of years, he could become an all-time great.

2003/04 – Luis Saha, £12.8

Costing slightly more than Ronaldo did the same season, Saha scored for fun when fit, but was all too often found inhabiting the physio’s table. Strong, fast and deadly with his left foot, Saha could have contributed much more to the club with a bit of luck.

2002/03 – Rio Ferdinand, £27m

The oldest marquee signing still with the club, Ferdinand broke transfer records when he joined, but has been brilliant for ten seasons now. There is no questioning his place as one of our all-time great defenders. Has won everything.

2001/02 – Juan Veron, £28m

Veron was the last genuine world star that we bought before the Robin van Persie transfer went through, but thinks didn’t go to plan. Despite being outstanding in Europe and unplayable for his first few seasons in the Premiership, he fell out of favour. It can’t have helped that Scholes was being compromised to find Veron a place in the side, and the talented Argentine playmaker moved on to Chelsea. Like Berbatov, another awesome player that simply didn’t fit.

2000/01 – Fabien Barthez, £7.8m

Buying Fabien Barthez was supposed to put an end to the nightmare we were having replacing Peter Schmeichel and although he was more successful that the previous incumbents, a love of a howler and an bad temper often cost us, and you always feared the worst when the ball went towards him. A world-class shot stopper, he wasn’t the solid presence we needed but was the best we did until Edwin van der Sar joined.

1999/00 – Massimo Taibi, £4.5m

A complete flop at Old Trafford, Taibi nonetheless enjoyed a successful career otherwise, flitting between Series A and B. A solid goalkeeper, but no more, he was never given the chance to recover from some horrific mistakes during his four games for the club, and was shipped back to Italy in no time.

1998/99 – Dwight Yorke, £12.6m

Yorke was snapped up from Aston Villa and formed a telepathic striker partnership with Andy Cole, arguably the best in the history of the club. Like Hargreaves, Yorke won the Champions League in his first season, but enjoyed further successes, winning the Premiership three times before winding down his career with lesser sides.

1997/98 – Henning Berg, £5m

Berg was signed after a solid season at Blackburn Rovers. It had been two years since Rovers won the Premiership and they were on the decline. Despite missing both finals, he was an integral part of the treble-winning side, filling in at center-back whenever Jaap Stam was unavailable, although he only lasted a further year at the club thereafter.

1996/97 – Karel Poborsky, £3.5m

A bit of a strange signing, Poborsky had a superb Euro 96 but was competing with Ryan Giggs. Poborsky only lasted two seasons and the club, whilst Giggs went on to be the most decorated player in the history of the club. Even amongst Manchester United fans, Poborsky is best remembered for his Euro 96 lob against Portugal.

1995/96 – Tony Coton, £500k

In a very quiet season for United, Coton arrived as Peter Schmeichel’s backup keeper and never played for the club. Was signed from City and moved on to Sunderland six months later. Never more than a budget stop-gap.

1994/1995 – Andy Cole, £7m

Kevin Keegan was forced to explain his decision to sell Andy Cole to the Geordie faithful, and you would be forgiven for asking Sir Alex to do the same after Cole endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford. Eventually he caught fire, formed a lethal partnership with Dwight Yorke and won everything available to him. Even as the British record transfer, he was a bargain.

1993/94 – Roy Keane, £3.75m

Keane spent three hugely impressive seasons at Nottingham Forest before the club’s relegation in the first ever Premiership season. Sir Alex moved for the goalscoring box-to-box player and made him our record signing. He would also win everything going during 12 years at the club, many of which were spent as captain, although controversy was never far away. He scored 51 goals for United in all, including 12 in the 1999/2000 season and two famous goals away to Juventus in the Champions League semi-final. We’ve struggled to replace him since he left under a cloud in 2005/06.

1992/93 – Eric Cantona, £1.2m

Words cannot do Eric justice. Although he could have played for longer, his quality and charisma helped build Manchester United into the icon of English football that they remain. I have seen more talented players than Eric, and more effective, but I have never seen a player more charismatic, influential or passionate.

One Response to “Robin Van Persie Follows In The Footsteps of £250m Worth of Talent”

  • Bobby Charlton's combover:

    Veron is the biggest flop but only because of his price tag. A genius but he just didn’t fit in at Old Trafford.
    Barthez was rubbish too and Taibi seems like a bad dream but apart from that all players have done at least very well and a few have been outstanding.

Leave a Reply

FiveCantonas Twitter

Follow @FiveCantonas

Michael Carrick, Yaya Toure, Ramires or Moussa Dembele?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
Manchester United News & Transfers
  • silverlight downloaden mac gratis
  • vcl player downloaden free
  • album unheilig kostenlos downloaden
  • gothic 2 kostenlos downloaden vollversion deutsch
  • klassiek lettertype downloaden
  • tsuka's furni pack downloaden
  • mit youtube musik downloaden
  • sony drivers download
  • youtube filmpje downloaden mp3
  • gratis mp3 beltonen downloaden
  • windows live messenger downloaden oude
  • van youtube downloaden naar ipod
  • saw 1 kostenlos downloaden deutsch
  • nero gratis downloaden nederlands vista
  • zip file downloaden
  • htc sync manager download
  • vuze sneller laten downloaden
  • metin2 9 hack downloaden
  • kostenlos downloaden java
  • downloaden programma voor muziek
  • just dance gratis downloaden
  • legaal disney films downloaden
  • frostwire kostenlos downloaden chip
  • sony vegas downloaden gratis
  • weihnachtskarten zum downloaden freeware
  • fifa 11 downloaden full game
  • apps downloaden gratis zonder creditcard
  • downloaden virus
  • sims 3 downloaden op computer
  • film downloaden rundskop
  • programma zip downloaden
  • office programm downloaden kostenlos
  • download zip bestand
  • glee songs downloaden
  • nieuwste cd s downloaden
  • project blackout gratis downloaden
  • gta 5 demo downloaden
  • zune downloaden chip
  • films downloaden windows 7
  • picasa downloaden ipad
  • ballerspiele kostenlos downloaden vollversion
  • kostenlos stronghold 2 vollversion downloaden
  • app zum musik downloaden kostenlos
  • spiele für windows 7 downloaden
  • firefox 7 zum downloaden
  • emule gratis downloaden
  • rollercoaster kostenlos downloaden vollversion
  • free downloaden van dvd shrink 3.2
  • eenvoudig powerpoint downloaden
  • lernwerkstatt 7 kostenlos downloaden vollversion chip
  • google play downloaden mislukt
  • recorder programm downloaden
  • final fantasy 7 downloaden
  • games downloaden samsung chat 335
  • watch app downloaden gratis
  • download youtube
  • youtube filmpje downloaden ubuntu
  • blackberry app world downloaden bold 9000
  • huizen downloaden voor sims 3
  • word 07 kostenlos downloaden
  • antivir kostenlos downloaden vollversion chip 64 bit
  • macromedia flash gratis downloaden
  • photoshop hintergründe downloaden
  • link downloaden safari
  • twitter op blackberry downloaden
  • downloaden fotoshop gratis
  • app downloaden zonder play store
  • mozilla firefox 3.9 downloaden
  • video downloaden prosieben
  • iphone 3 firmware downloaden
  • just dance kostenlos downloaden
  • 9427679818
  • gratis downloaden mozilla firefox
  • perfect world deutsch downloaden 2010
  • windows 7 downloaden gratis nederlands
  • patch blocker ps3 downloaden
  • radio funx downloaden
  • saw 6 kostenlos downloaden deutsch
  • per cmd datei downloaden
  • pokemon pearl downloaden met cheats
  • htc magic update downloaden
  • skype downloaden voor windows 7
  • youcam gratis downloaden windows 7
  • gta city downloaden
  • limewire 7.0 gratis downloaden
  • photoshop download for mac
  • formulier zorgtoeslag 2010 downloaden
  • blackberry ping chat downloaden
  • youtube lieder downloaden firefox addon
  • spotify downloaden zonder facebook
  • gratis ebook downloaden herman koch
  • ps3 spiele schneller downloaden
  • gratis whatsapp download iphone 4s
  • games downloaden nintendo ds gratis
  • lieder downloaden von myspace
  • pc spiele legal downloaden
  • black jack zum downloaden
  • veilig downloaden van youtube
  • software downloaden ds
  • xbox 360 spiele downloaden kostenlos
  • nero express gratis downloaden nederlands
  • leuke lettertypes downloaden gratis
  • msn messenger 2009 downloaden kostenlos
  • video downloaden met android
  • apps downloaden philips tv
  • free studio manager downloaden mac
  • download games psp
  • microsoft visual basic downloaden
  • msn op mobile downloaden
  • super mario kostenlos downloaden deutsch
  • antivir kostenlos downloaden vollversion 2012
  • messenger plus downloaden chip
  • skype 5 0 kostenlos downloaden
  • films apple tv downloaden
  • downloaden excel sjablonen
  • firefox 4 downloaden voor mac
  • minecraft downloaden gratis 1.2.5
  • mac os x lion downloaden
  • hypercam 2 kostenlos downloaden deutsch
  • nero gratis downloaden nederlandse versie
  • antivirus downloaden kostenlos
  • nds spellen downloaden hoe
  • roms downloaden 3ds
  • 100 gratis films downloaden
  • updates downloaden samsung galaxy
  • open office word downloaden
  • pokemon toren verdedigen downloaden
  • films downloaden gratis spotnet
  • belastingaangifte downloaden 2008
  • call of bieber downloaden
  • das rettungsteam kostenlos downloaden
  • waar xbox spellen downloaden
  • navi software zum downloaden
  • battlefield heroes kostenlos downloaden
  • kostenlos 3gp converter downloaden
  • flash player downloaden voor blackberry
  • deluxe snake kostenlos downloaden
  • spelletjes downloaden voor je mobiel
  • teamviewer 7 downloaden kostenlos
  • itunes nieuwe downloaden
  • powerpoint thema's downloaden mac
  • zumba zum downloaden
  • messenger downloaden op gsm
  • belastingdienst downloaden formulieren
  • hoe muziek downloaden van youtube
  • muziek mix programma downloaden gratis
  • laatste itunes downloaden
  • neueste directx version downloaden
  • web filmpjes downloaden
  • winrar programm kostenlos downloaden
  • viber downloaden htc
  • whatsapp downloaden kon niet worden voltooid
  • adventure maps downloaden minecraft
  • city life downloaden
  • kostenlos mozilla firefox downloaden chip
  • pdf creator downloaden adobe
  • minecraft pokeball mod downloaden
  • djumbo liedjes downloaden
  • costa tv serie downloaden
  • gratis downloaden imesh
  • microsoft office outlook downloaden gratis
  • directx 9.0c gratis downloaden
  • liedje downloaden spotify
  • arte.tv downloaden videos
  • hyves downloaden op je mobiel
  • new kids movie downloaden
  • youtube downloader hd online
  • worms 2 kostenlos downloaden
  • browser mozilla firefox downloaden
  • htc wildfire blijft downloaden
  • java downloaden kostenlos deutsch
  • battlefield kostenlos legal downloaden
  • warrock kostenlos downloaden chip
  • serie downloaden met ondertiteling
  • puzzle express kostenlos downloaden
  • wordfeud downloaden ipad
  • gratis downloaden top 1000 aller tijden
  • ts3 bei chip downloaden
  • whatsapp downloaden op nokia
  • mario spellen downloaden
  • 4340451650
  • black ops update downloaden
  • games downloaden per lastschrift \/
  • nokia 5230 spelletjes downloaden
  • visual dj kostenlos downloaden chip
  • downloaden acrobat reader 9 gratis
  • paint downloaden 2012
  • hoe spellen downloaden wii
  • pokemon black downloaden op pc
  • limewire downloaden betaald
  • fifa 2010 downloaden voor pc
  • market downloaden op bb
  • per php datei downloaden
  • zdf mediathek downloaden linux
  • daemon tool kostenlos downloaden
  • metin2 neue items downloaden
  • nintendo 3ds spiele downloaden kostenlos
  • 132332500
  • adobe pdf freeware downloaden
  • mario spelletjes downloaden nds
  • sims downloaden voor mac
  • foto bearbeiten zum downloaden
  • problemen downloaden zylom
  • google maps kaarten downloaden htc
  • ebook downloaden bol.com
  • android 4 downloaden galaxy s2
  • divx player downloaden gratis
  • realplayer kostenlos downloaden deutsch
  • paint downloaden mac
  • ios 5 downloaden op iphone
  • mp3 downloaden met android
  • metin2 richtig downloaden
  • mods downloaden gta san andreas ps2
  • kostenlos atlantis quest downloaden
  • usb loader wii download
  • fifa 11 downloads kostenlos
  • downloads windows live movie maker
  • downloaden nieuwste films
  • sims 3 downloaden free nederlands
  • ipod 3 spiele kostenlos downloaden
  • boeken downloaden naar ipad
  • sims 3 vollversion downloaden kostenlos
  • uit het oog downloaden
  • htc wildfire musik downloaden
  • office 2003 download
  • gratis kinderboeken downloaden ipad
  • wimmelbildspiele vollversion downloaden gratis
  • games downloaden psp go
  • antivir webguard downloaden
  • explorer voor mac downloaden
  • mozilla thunderbird gratis downloaden
  • adobe photoshop downloaden windows 7
  • download adobe reader gratis
  • downloaden photoscape
  • apps downloaden computer
  • oude messenger downloaden
  • muziek ipod downloaden gratis
  • liedjes downloaden mp3 speler
  • lame codec downloaden
  • microsoft internet explorer downloaden
  • left 4 dead maps downloaden
  • downfish skype downloaden
  • msn downloaden voor mac
  • apps downloaden wildfire
  • facebook op bb downloaden
  • ccleaner kostenlos downloaden bei chip
  • whatsapp downloaden op ipod
  • downloaden faststone image viewer windows 7
  • halo kostenlos downloaden vollversion
  • siedler 1 gratis downloaden
  • ping downloaden curve
  • 100 bilder downloaden
  • cod4 zombie mod downloaden
  • google earth downloaden gratis 2012
  • tv movie zum downloaden
  • hyves desktop downloaden mobiel
  • sims 2 huisdieren downloaden gratis
  • nero 6 vollversion downloaden
  • win xp downloaden kostenlos
  • win7 tools kostenlos downloaden
  • microsoft word 2007 downloaden nederlands gratis
  • fifa downloaden full version
  • downloaden blackberry app world
  • typ top downloaden gratis
  • minecraft.rar kostenlos downloaden
  • google sketchup downloaden gratis nederlands
  • whatsapp voor samsung downloaden
  • word feud downloaden zonder android market
  • 1 euro film downloaden
  • realplayer downloaden voor mobiel
  • youtube videos downloaden ohne programm
  • ringtones downloaden voor android
  • gratis earth explorer downloaden
  • twitter voor blackberry downloaden
  • programma downloaden youtube naar mp3
  • adobe cs5 downloaden
  • american pie kostenlos downloaden deutsch
  • sims downloaden voor pc
  • downloaden kostenlos von youtube
  • bold theme downloaden
  • qip auf deutsch downloaden
  • uitleg downloaden via nieuwsgroepen
  • gratis nero 10 downloaden voor vista
  • wbfs manager downloaden gratis
  • fl studio downloaden free full
  • gratis microsoft office downloaden 2007
  • gratis ringtones downloaden new kids
  • film cars 2 downloaden
  • downloaden limewire
  • kostenlos musik downloaden legal ohne anmeldung
  • filme downloaden mit jdownloader
  • linux nederlands downloaden
  • kostenlos final fantasy 8 downloaden
  • just a dream downloaden
  • 24 seizoen 8 downloaden
  • mp3 downloaden programma
  • pokemon downloaden voor htc
  • msn 8.0 downloaden gratis nederlands
  • mix programma gratis downloaden
  • gratis downloaden windows vista
  • antivirus kostenlos downloaden avast
  • live essentials download
  • google chrome downloaden chip
  • microsoft office gratis downloaden 2010 nederlands
  • waar nds games downloaden
  • avast programm kostenlos downloaden
  • fifa 8 download
  • illegaal downloaden informatie
  • jailbreak spellen downloaden
  • laatste ps3 update downloaden
  • msn downloaden for blackberry
  • brandweer simulator downloaden gratis
  • yeti sport kostenlos downloaden
  • legal downloaden bei youtube
  • teamviewer 6 downloaden gratis
  • rabo mobiel downloaden
  • hyves downloaden voor nokia n97
  • virus downloaden zum verschicken
  • flash animation zum downloaden
  • youtube filmpjes downloaden windows media player
  • gratis ringtones downloaden voor blackberry
  • kostenlos lkw simulator downloaden vollversion
  • gratis mp3 downloaden waar
  • adobe pdf downloaden gratis