English Premiership

Who is the costliest Man United purchase?

2015-07-28 15:30
Angel Di Maria (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Where does Argentina winger Angel Di Maria rank in the all time costliest purchases for Manchester United?

With the former Real Madrid winger seemingly set to join Paris St Germain this summer, here is a look at the most expensive players based on number of starts and their transfer fee paid by the Red Devils.

Wayne Rooney

Rooney joined the club in a £25.6 million from Everton in August 2004.

The forward has made 428 starts and has gone on to become the club captain.

Cost per start: £59,813.

Rio Ferdinand

The Red Devils paid a record £34 million to bring Ferdinand to the club from Leeds in July 2002.

Ferdinand left the club on a free last season, meaning United took a hit of £34 million on the signing.

Rio made 442 starts, meaning he is the sixth most expensive signing at £76,923 per start. 

Juan Sebastian Veron

Veron was bought from Lazio for £28.1 million and sold to Chelsea for £15 million) meaning he cost Manchester United £13.1 million.

Veron made 75 starts, costing £174,666 per start.  

Dimitar Berbatov

The Bulgarian cost the Red Devils £30.75 million  when he joined in September 2008 from Spurs. He left for just £5 million when he joined Fulham. Berbatov's transfer cost the Old Trafford club £25.75 million.

The striker made 108 starts in the red of United, costing £238,425 per start.

Radamel Falcao

The Monaco striker cost £6 million to join the club on a season-long loan. 

The Colombian made 17 starts, costing £352,941 per start.

Angel Di Maria 

The most-expensive Premier League player will costs Manchester United £14.7million when he departs the club.

The Argentine winger made 24 starts, costing £612,500 per start.


The Portugal forward cost £7.4 million. He left for Benfica for £2.3 million. The Red Devils made a loss of £5.1 million on their biggest transfer flop in recent times.

Making just 3 starts for United, he cost £1.7 million per start.

*Transfer costs and games started via The Independent


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