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Ex-Manchester United chairman reveals his five best signings at the club

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Manchester United went into the current international break behind only Manchester City in the Premier League table after a 4-0 win over struggling Crystal Palace.

While Victor Lindelof is given time to adapt and Zlatan Ibrahimovic recovers from injury, United's other two summer signings have hit the ground running.

Nemanja Matic's dominant displays have added some steel to Jose Mourinho's midfield, while £75 million man Romelu Lukaku has scored 11 goals in just ten games for his new team.


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It's fair to say that Man Utd have made some excellent signings over the years (some questionable ones too), and one man at the centre of that has been Martin Edwards.

Edwards was the Man United chairman between 1980 and 2002 - a period which saw the Red Devils enjoy domestic success and, of course, the dramatic 1999 Champions League triumph.

In an interview with MUTV, Edwards revealed who he thinks were his five greatest signings during his time at Old Trafford, but which players did he choose? Let's find out.

Eric Cantona

The former United chairman started with the iconic Eric Cantona, saying, via Manchester Evening News: "I’d have to have Cantona in there. Just look at the time he was there. We won the league four of the five years, we did two doubles.


"I think we would have done a third double if he hadn’t (kicked) the supporter at Crystal Palace. I think he just completely revolutionised the club in the time he was there."

Peter Schmeichel

"£505,000, absolute bargain when you think of what he did in the eight years he was there, what we won," said Edwards of legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

Alex Ferguson and Peter Schmeichel

The 72-year-old, who became a member of United's board back in 1970, added: "Five titles, we won the Champions League. FA Cup a few times. Unbelievable."

Denis Irwin

Next up for Edwards was versatile full-back Denis Irwin, on whom he said: "£700,000. Again eight or nine years, I think he got seven championship medals. Part of that huge success. Great player, very rarely had a bad game."

Man United v Boro Denis Irwin

Bryan Robson

"£1.5 million. Seemed a lot of money at the time, a British record," Edwards stated, regarding his decision to sign midfielder Bryan Robson for Man Utd.

"But (he) captained us to three FA Cup finals, a couple of leagues, was really the main player at a time before Untied really hit the headlines, before they became a great side.

"Again a fantastic midfield player, up and down, scored important goals - semi-finals, finals, reliant Robbo."

Bryan Robson

Roy Keane

Finally, we have another ex-United skipper and no-nonsense central midfielder Roy Keane, with Edwards saying: "Fantastic midfield player, something like seven championship medals.

"FA Cup winner, captained us, took over the captaincy from Bryan Robson, probably took over that midfield from Bryan Robson.

Roy Keane of Manchester United celebrates Solskjaer's goal

"When Bryan went, we all wondered who was capable of taking over; certainly Roy Keane stepped into the breach there."

Edwards's top five signings

Incredibly, Edwards' top five transfers cost less than £8 million combined, and the quintet ended up winning over 50 major trophies between them.

Do YOU agree with Edwards' top five signings? Who do YOU think have been some of Man Utd's best transfers over the years? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!

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