sport news Manchester United's best and worst signings in the Glazer era trends now

sport news Manchester United's best and worst signings in the Glazer era trends now
sport news Manchester United's best and worst signings in the Glazer era trends now

sport news Manchester United's best and worst signings in the Glazer era trends now

Another new managerial era at Manchester United is underway following Erik ten Hag's official appointment at Old Trafford on Monday.

The Dutchman is set for a big overhaul with up to 10 first-team players leaving club this summer, as reported by Sportsmail earlier this month.

It's been detailed that Ten Hag won't be financially backed to the extent of his predecessors with the Glazer family looking at a different ownership model after the club failed to qualify for the Champions League next season.

However, Avram Glazer has suggested that is not necessarily the case and Ten Hag will be aided in his quest to improve the squad.

When asked by Sky News at the World Economic Forum in Davos if the funds would be able this summer to invest in new players, Glazer replied: 'We've always spent the money to buy new players.'

In light of the 61-year-old's comment, Sportsmail looks at the five best and worst signings of the Glazers 17-year ownership of the Red Devils.

Avram Glazer has hinted Man United boss Erik ten Hag will be backed in the transfer market

Avram Glazer has hinted Man United boss Erik ten Hag will be backed in the transfer market

United welcomed in a new era on Monday as Ten Hag faced the media for the first time

United welcomed in a new era on Monday as Ten Hag faced the media for the first time

FIVE BEST

5. David de Gea (£18.9million from Atletico Madrid, 2011)

Let's start off with the better deals of the Glazer reign and the only player to still be a part of Manchester United: David de Gea.

The Spaniard had big shoes to fill after Edwin van der Sar (more on him shortly) but 11 years on and the Spaniard still remains the club undisputed No 1.

His stint in goal has only brought four major trophies to date - but that's not his fault. The 31-year-old has constantly come to United's rescue over the years - highlighted by the fact he has four Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year trophies to his name.

The Spaniard has faced criticism during his time at Old Trafford and did suffer a worrying dip of form in recent years. However, it must be incredibly frustrating for him playing behind a brittle defence that is constantly changing.

He'll be desperate for Ten Hag to solve their ailing defensive worries so his saves can contribute to worthy causes next season rather than to prevent further damaging scorelines that have occurred this term.

David de Gea has endured plenty seasons of suffering but remains a standout player for United

David de Gea has endured plenty seasons of suffering but remains a standout player for United

4. Edwin van der Sar (£2m from Fulham, 2005)

De Gea was the chosen heir to Van der Sar and it's fair to say the latter reigned supreme for United during his six years at the club - a problem position the club had had since legendary Peter Schmeichel's departure in 1999.

It is no coincidence that Van der Sar's arrival from Fulham led to a resurgence in United becoming England's and, for a spell, Europe's premier club. In six years at Old Trafford he won a staggering 11 trophies - four of those being Premier League titles and one European Cup (but we'll come back to the latter shortly). The only honour he failed to win was the FA Cup.

Joining at the age of 34, he was a calming influence among a youthful side that was still developing the talents of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

He was part of a defensive unit that became immune to opposition attacks and if they did somehow breach those in front of him, Van der Sar's quality would invariably snuff out the danger.

The fact at the age of 38, in 2009, he broke a 31-year league record for the most minutes without conceding a goal is a testament to his long-lasting powers. It took a mind-blowing 1,311 minutes before he was beaten again - a run which included 14-straight games with a clean sheet against opposition which included Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea.

And speaking of Chelsea, who can forget Van der Sar's finest moment in a United shirt? May 21, 2008. The Champions League final. Moscow. Yes everyone remembers John Terry's slip but it was Van der Sar's save from Nicolas Anelka in the sudden death penalty shootout that crowned United as Kings of Europe once more.

Edwin van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka's penalty as United won the 2008 Champions League

Edwin van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka's penalty as United won the 2008 Champions League

3. Patrice Evra (£5.5m from Monaco, 2006)

Who would've thought that Patrice Evra would go on to have such a successful United career after his debut in a 3-1 loss at local rivals Manchester City in January 2006.

Trailing two-nil at half-time, Evra was hooked by Sir Alex Ferguson and has since revealed that his agent disclosed that they had made a mistake in joining the club.

However, that train of thought was swiftly reversed as Evra knuckled down and got up to speed with the rigours of English football.

The Frenchman made a total of 379 appearances for United - winning 10 major honours at Old Trafford along the way.

Evra, who also captained the club at times, will go down as one the club greatest left backs in the modern era along with Denis Irwin.

Patrice Evra won a plethora of trophies at Manchester United - including five Premier Leagues

Patrice Evra won a plethora of trophies at Manchester United - including five Premier Leagues

2. Nemanja Vidic (£7m from Spartak Moscow, 2006)

The January transfer window of 2006 also saw Manchester United sign an unknown centre back in Nemanja Vidic.

Seen as the perfect foil for ball-playing centre back Rio Ferdinand, Vidic certainly provided the ballast to the centre-back pairing for seasons to come.

United finished the 2005-06 season third in the Premier League, but those few months helped the pair form an understanding which would prove telling.

The results? United won the Premier League in his first full season at the club and repeated this a campaign later alongside the Champions League.

Vidic, who was also captain of the club, won 10 major honours at Old Trafford and

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