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Manchester United: Highest transfer fee XI

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Over the year's we've seen Sir Alex Ferguson make some emphatic signings for Manchester United. 

Here, we look at a team compiled with the highest transfer signings for each of their respective positions. 

Therefore, players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie cannot be listed in this XI, as there have been players who were purchased for a more expensive fee in their roles.

Goalkeeper | David de Gea | £18.9 million

The Spain under-23 international was just a 20-year-old when he became the Red Devil's record signing for a goalkeeper. Despite occasionally being criticised by many, the former Atletico Madrid star usually silences them by producing brilliant saves - some which additionally save matches. 

The 22-year-old was forced to compete against fellow teammate Anders Lindegaard for the first team spot for months. However, Sir Alex has made it clear that De Gea is the clear selection.

Right-back | Chris Smalling | £7-10 million

Although originally a centre-back, the England international is usually forced to start in a full-back role; particularly on the right. The 23-year-old had only featured 19 times for his previous club - Fulham before making the move. 

The versatile defender impressed in his first season and has continued that form despite suffering many injuries throughout his career at Carrington. His success at United has allowed the Greenwich born player to receive call-ups for his country.

Centre-back | Phil Jones | £16.5 million

Signed as a 19-year-old from Blackburn, the powerful defender, despite the extravagant price tag, has been one of United's best young signings due to his ability to play in various positions.

 The 21-year-old impressed early during his first season for the Reds thanks to his long runs up the ground, usually contributing to his team's attacks. 

Centre-back | Rio Ferdinand | £29.3 million

In 2002, Ferdinand became the most expensive British player after Leeds United had sold him for just under £30 million. The highly experienced centre half has won it all at Old Trafford. With six Premier League titles to his name along with a UEFA Champions League winners' medal, the 34-year-old has definitely been one of United's best defenders.

Left-back | Gabriel Heinze | £6.9 million 

Immediately establishing himself as United's first choice left back, the Argentinian was a major addition to the side. Acknowledged as the club's best player of the 2004-05 season, the former Marseille defender later found himself at Real Madrid just three seasons following his arrival at Old Trafford.

Right-midfield | Antonio Valencia | £16 million

Being the first signing since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, the Ecuadorian wasn't expected to reach the Portuguese star's level. However, the 27-year-old did enjoy a stellar first season with the Manchester club. As he relished the 34 matches he had featured in during his first season, contributing heavily to the attack from the right side of the wing. 

Centre-midfield | Michael Carrick | £18.6 million

Dubbed to fill a large void left following Roy Keane's departure, the England international had not lived up to the hype initially. Making the move from Tottenham, the 31-year-old has featured for the Red Devils consistently for Premier League games and has arguably just hit his best form for the current season. In addition, Carrick has been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.

Centre-midfield | Juan Sebastian Veron | £28.1 million 

The Argentine, in 2001, became the most expensive player in British history. But he certainly was not worthy of this tag. After arriving at the club from Lazio, many people deemed this signing to be a bad decision due to his price. 

Despite Sir Alex's belief in his signing, Veron was soon acknowledged as to being a 'flop' by many and rightly so. 

However, a major factor to his failure to succeed at Old Trafford was his injuries which never allowed him a chance. The former Premier League winner was then sold to Chelsea for around half of the original fee.

Left-midfield | Ashley Young | £1million

After impressing on many occasions for former club Aston Villa, the England international found himself at Old Trafford due to his dangerous skill and pace on the left flank. The 27-year-old started his career for United in brilliant fashion. The former Watford winger set up two goals in his league debut for the club before scoring two marvellous goals in the third week against Arsenal. 

Striker | Dimitar Berbatov | £30.75 million

The Bulgarian was - and still remains as United's most expensive signing to date. Completing the switch from the Tottenham, the current Fulham striker, impressed early in his career at Bayer Leverkusen. 

The 32-year-old failed to hit top form right away at United before sharing the Premier League Golden Boot award in the 2010-11 season. The calm and composed striker scored many important goals during his time at the club; in particular his hat-trick against Liverpool in 2010. After constantly being out of favour in the 2011-12 season, Berbatov departed the club.

Striker | Wayne Rooney | £27 million

Following his highly impressive couple of seasons at Everton, the 27-year-old became the most expensive teenager in 2005. His debut did not disappoint. Beginning his playing career for United in the Champions League, Rooney scored an emphatic hat-trick against Fenerbahce in a 6-2 rout. 

His career, following this achievement only grew in stature as the England international has registered 197 goals for the club and holds the record for most goals in the Premier League for the Manchester outfit. In 2009-10, the Merseyside born striker was awarded the PFA Player of the Year after scoring 26 goals for the season. 


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