Ronaldo, Rooney, Cantona, Vidic: Ranking Man Utd's best signings in the Premier League era


The Premier League era has given the world of football some truly fantastic memories.

Ever since its inception in the early 1990’s, England’s top flight has played host to some of the finest talent on the planet and continues to be one of the most fiercely competitive competitions in the game.

However, while the Premier League title has travelled the length and breadth of the country, there is one spot that is particular fond of.

Manchester United took ownership of the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson, as they romped to an unprecedented 13 titles.

Behind that remarkable dominance was some of the best players to ever grace the Premier League stage and so, with that in mind, we though we would have a go at ranking the 20 best United signings since the top flight began.

Man United Top 20 signings of the Premier League era 

20. Javier Hernandez
19. Park Ji-Sung
18. Nani
17. Robin van Persie 
16. Teddy Sherringham 


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15. Dwight Yorke
14. David De Gea
13. Jaap Stam
12. Michael Carrick
11. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

10. Ruud Van Nistelrooy 


Van Nistelrooy’s goal return of 150 in 219 appearances speaks for itself.

The Dutch hitman averaged 30 goals a season during his time at United, peaking with a staggering 44 in the 2002/03 campaign.

9. Bruno Fernandes 

Bruno Fernandes has been an absolute revelation since his arrival at Old Trafford.

He transformed the side and has been a cut above in the famous Manchester red. While he is yet to bag any major silverware, his supreme talent is clear for all to see.

8. Edwin van der Sar 


Four Premier League titles alongside a Champions League triumph is a more than tidy return for the Dutch stopper especially when you consider he was 34 at the time of his signing.

He is easily one of the best ‘keepers the league has ever seen and will go down in United folklore.

7. Patrice Evra


This selection might raise some eyebrows, but bear with us.

Evra won the league five times and bagged a Champions League winners’ medal during his heady United days.

He played a key role in the club clinching a remarkable league and European Cup double in 2007/08.

6. Rio Ferdinand 


Rio Ferdinand was one of the finest central defenders to ever grace the Old Trafford pitch.

Signed for a British record fee of £30 million at the time, Ferdinand lived up to the hype and then some.

He won a glut of silverware over the course of 450 appearances, carving his name into the history of the club.

5. Nemanja Vidic


Another defensive supremo, Vidic quickly became one of the most feared defenders in the game during his time at the heart of the United rearguard.

He made exactly 300 appearances for the club, netting a handy 21 times.

The fact that he cost the club a measly £7 million sees him edge out Ferdinand on our list.

4. Roy Keane 


The ultimate no-nonsense footballer.

The Irish enforcer simply never took no for an answer as he hauled in the trophies and individual accolades.

He won the Champions League in 1999 to go alongside his staggering seven Premier League titles.

3. Wayne Rooney 


Rooney was but a fresh-faced teenager when he swapped the blue half of Merseyside for Old Trafford.

However, he would go on to to become one of the most prolific goalscorers the game has ever  witnessed.

He holds the the United record for leading goalscorer (263) – a record that is likely to stand for an age.

2. Eric Cantona 


One of the most iconic stars to ever set the league alight.

Cantona was a controversial figure during his time at Old Trafford, but many believe he was the spark that ignited the clubs long-reigning dominance over the top division.

He played a massive role in ending the club’s painful top flight drought before eventually retiring as a legend at the age of 30.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo


It was a toss up between Ronaldo and Cantona for the top spot but, due to his remarkable individual brilliance, we had to go with Ronaldo at the end.

The Portuguese superstar won his first Ballon d’Or in the United red and absolutely came of age as a footballer.

A myriad of individual awards fell his way during his time at Old Trafford as he drove the club to three Premier League titles and one Champions League.

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