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Manchester United's most expensive signings

Manchester United have the transfer clout to buy any player in the world.

So says executive vice chairman Ed Woodward who has pledged to back new boss Louis van Gaal to the hilt this summer.

"The reality is that we’re not afraid of spending significant amounts of money in the transfer market," he said.

"Whether it’s a record or not doesn’t really resonate with us. What resonates is that a top, top, elite player, that the manager wants, is going to be a star for Manchester United."

So with United fans all over salivating over just who the Dutchman could choose to spend his money on, here's a rundown on the ten most expensive players in their history.

10. Anderson - £20.8m

Proof if proof were needed that spending money doesn't always guarantee a quality signing.

The Brazilian has struggled to live up to anywhere near his colossal price tag in his time at Old Trafford and looks all but certain to be on the way out this summer.

Flop: Anderson failed to live up to his lofty price tag



9. Robin Van Persie - £24m

Where Anderson failed the Dutchman proved that cash can sometimes to get you everwhere.

£24m seemed like a hefty sum for the nearly 30 striker but Sir Alex Ferguson's investment paid off handsomely, his goals delivering a 20th league title.
 Robin Van Persie signs with Manchester United
MVP: Van Persie proved a very good addition



8. Wayne Rooney - £25.6m

Rooney became the most expensive teenager in English football history when he moved from Everton in 2004.

He started with a bang netting a hat-trick on his Champions League debut and has gone from strength to strength since.

Widely tipped to take both the United and England captain's armbands next season.

Central figure: Rooney has become one of United's key performers



7. Luke Shaw - £27m

Shaw smashed Rooney's previous mark when he swapped St Mary's for Old Trafford earlier this summer.

Still only 19 much is expected of the England international as he bids to follow in the footsteps of the departed Patrice Evra.
  Luke Shaw signs for Manchester United
Shaw thing: The 19-year-old became the most expensive teenager ever



6. Marouane Fellaini - £27m

Another transfer miss for United, Fellaini has struggled to make an impact in his single season at the club.

Now inextricably linked with David Moyes it remains to be seen whether he can make a fist of it in Manchester.
  Marouane Fellaini poses with David Moyes after signing for the club
Hair today, gone tomorrow: Fellaini is yet to live up to his price tag



5. Juan Sebastian Veron - £28.1m

The Argentine made the big money switch to United in 2001 but failed to make his mark with the club.

Despite his stellar reputation he didn't hit the heights and was moved on to Chelsea just two years later.

Don't cry for me: The Veron signing didn't pan out for United



4. Ander Herrera - £29m

The young Spaniard signed on the dotted line at Old Trafford earlier this summer as one of the first signings of the new Van Gaal era.

At £29m much will be expected of the 24-year-old and he will have to deliver early as one of Van Gaal's midfield lynchpins.
  Manchester United unveil new signing Ander Herrera at the AON Training Complex on June 25, 2014 in Manchester, England.
Spanish acquisition: Herrera has a big price tag on his head



3. Rio Ferdinand - £29.3m

Next up is Rio Ferdinand, who United shelled out a colossal £29.3m for over 10 years ago.

It proved a wise investment though with the former England international going on to make over 450 appearances.
  Rio Ferdinand
Case for the defence: Ferdinand enjoyed a wildly successful period at United



2. Dimitar Berbatov - £30.7m

The Bulgarian became the club's record signing in September 2008.

Despite showing flashes of brilliance in his stay it's fair to say he never fully paid back the giant fee, and was sold to Fulham in 2012.
  Dimitar Berbatov signs for Manchester United
Cloe but no cigar: Berbatov never quite hit the heights at United



1. Juan Mata -£37.1m

The diminutive Spaniard was signed by Moyes in a £37.1m deal from Chelsea making him the most expensive player in club history.

With such a price tag much was expected and despite a slowish start Mata grew into the role as his first season wore on.

There should be plenty more to come from him now after six months at the club, and Van Gaal will hope to see a return on his predecessor's hefty investment.
  Manchester United: 2014 Season in Pictures
No Mata what: Much will be expected of the Spanish playmaker under new boss Louis van Gaal

source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/manchester-uniteds-most-expensive-signings-3900315

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