Wayne Rooney: was striker right or wrong to say Manchester United 'lack ambition'?

22 October 2010 08:59

In:Edwin van der Sar - £2mJi-Sung Park - £4mNemanja Vidic - £7mPatrice Evra - £5.5mBen Foster - £1m

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Verdict: Relatively inexpensive spending spree, but the players brought in by Sir Alex Ferguson within the first year of Glazer ownership - with the exception of goalkeeper Foster - have all been major successes and key figures in the club's success in recent years.


In:Michael Carrick - £18.6mTomasz Kuszczak - £3mHenrik Larsson - (3-month loan)

Out:Ruud van Nistelrooy - £8mQuinton Fortune - FreeJonathan Spector - £500,000Ebanks-Blake - £200,000Bellion - Free

Verdict: Selling Van Nistelrooy to Real Madrid proved a divisive issue among supporters, but Ferguson pointed to the promise of Louis Saha, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. Carrick and Larsson proved successful buys as United won the league.


In:Anderson - £21mNani - £17mOwen Hargreaves - £17mTevez - (2-year loan)Rafael & Fabio da Silva - £5.2m combinedManucho - undisclosed

Out:Tim Howard - £3mKieran Richardson - £5mGiuseppe Rossi - £6.7mGabriel Heinze - £8mAlan Smith - £6mPhil Bardsley - £2mRyan Shawcross - £2m

Verdict: Ferguson's biggest raid on the transfer market under the Glazers. None of the outgoings have returned to haunt him, but injury and loss of form have left the jury out on Hargreaves, Nani and Anderson. Tevez was a big success.


In: Berbatov - £30.75m (club record)Tosic - £7mDe Laet - £1.5m

Out:Pique - £6mEagles - £1.25mSilvestre - £750,000Saha - Free

Verdict: Not a vintage year. Berbatov has failed to justify his fee, while Tosic disappeared without a trace. And although United's defensive strength at the time justified the sale of Gerard Pique to Barcelona, the Spanish defender has since won the Champions League and World Cup.


In:Valencia - £17mOwen - FreeDiouf - £2mObertan - £3m

Out:Ronaldo - £80mTevez - FreeCampbell - £3.5mSimpson - £750,000

Verdict: United still haven't recovered from selling Ronaldo and allowing Tevez to leave. Both huge players, both still be replaced. Valencia has been a success, but Owen, Diouf and Obertan simply haven't cut it.


In:Smalling - £12mHernandez - £7mBebe - £7.4m

Out:Foster - £5mTosic - £6m

Verdict: Too early to judge individual signings, but a distinct lack of star quality or top-level signings. A move for David Villa was abandoned when told of the player's reluctance to leave Spain, so Ferguson bought youth while bemoaning a 'lack of value' in the market.

Source: Telegraph