The £607million Man Utd have spent since they last won a trophy


Despite spending hundreds of millions in the transfer market, Manchester United are currently in the middle of a trophy drought.

United fans were used to constant success under Sir Alex Ferguson but haven’t seen their side win any silverware since their Europa League final victory in 2017.

We’ve taken a look at every player United have bought since they last won a trophy. Note: we’ve not included Alexis Sanchez, who joined United in a swap deal. We’ve also been kind and only included the initial transfer fee and not the potential add-ons.

Romelu Lukaku – £75million

After winning the Europa League in 2017, United needed a new striker to replace the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic and ultimately signed Lukaku from Everton.

The Belgium international scored 27 goals in 51 appearances in his debut season but reportedly decided he was not fit enough to start United’s FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea.

“When a player tells you he is not ready to play, when the player tells you he is not ready to start the game, then the question is how many minutes you think you can,” Jose Mourinho said.

“But how can I convince a player who tells me he is not ready to play? That makes no sense.”

He only scored 15 goals in his second season at Old Trafford and joined Inter Milan after being deemed surplus to requirements by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Nemanja Matic – £40million

Having worked with Matic at Chelsea, Mourinho decided to bring the midfielder to United in a £40million deal in the summer of 2017.

He’s since made over 175 appearances for United but has never really recaptured the form he showed at Stamford Bridge. 

Victor Lindelof – £31million

Signed from Portuguese side Benfica in 2017, Lindelof initially struggled at United and made a series of high-profile errors in his debut season.

The centre-back has gradually turned things around at Old Trafford but doesn’t strike fear into strikers like United legends Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

Fred – £47million

Like Lindelof, Fred recovered from a disastrous debut season at United and has now made over 140 appearances in all competitions.

But United’s greatest midfielders were renowned for their ability on the ball and his passing range can often leave a lot to be desired. 

“I know Ole perseveres with Fred but I can’t see it,” former United captain Roy Keane told Sky Sports in May 2021. “How they think Fred is going to get United back to winning titles I don’t know.”

Diogo Dalot – £19million

“In his age group, he is the best full-back in Europe and we all believe he has a bright future ahead of him at Manchester United,” Mourinho said after signing Dalot from Porto in 2018.

The Portugal intentional hasn’t been able to justify that praise and it’s taken him three and a half years to get a regular run in the United first team.

Lee Grant – £1.5million

Since joining United from Stoke City, Grant has acted as the back-up goalkeeper, making just two first-team appearances.

The 39-year-old probably can’t be blamed for United’s troubles.

Daniel James – £15million

After James scored three goals in his first four Premier League appearances, United looked to have unearthed a gem at a bargain price.

But it soon became apparent that he lacked the required quality to be a starting winger for the side and was sold to Leeds in 2021.

Harry Maguire – £80million

Maguire joined United in 2019 and became the world’s most expensive defender, topping Virgil van Dijk’s £75million move to Liverpool.

He initially helped shore up their defence but didn’t have a transformative impact like Van Dijk and certainly hasn’t justified the huge price tag. 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – £45million

After reportedly tracking 804 right-backs, United eventually decided to pay Crystal Palace £45million for Wan Bissaka’s signature in 2019.

While he is undoubtedly a brilliant one-v-one defender, he doesn’t have the technical ability of a Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James or Joao Cancelo.

Of course, Keane’s given him a mauling too.

“Wan-Bissaka, I don’t even think Palace would take him back now, he’s not good enough for Man United,” the Irishman said in 2021. “No feel for the ball or decision-making.”

Bruno Fernandes – £47million

If anyone on this list deserves to win a trophy with United, it’s Fernandes.

The Portugal international has been a revelation since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020, registering 83 direct goal contributions in his first two years at Old Trafford. 

But he did play a big role in their FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough in February 2022 after somehow managing to miss an open goal.

Bruno Fernandes calling for the ball for Manchester United against Arsenal, Old Trafford 2 December 2021.

READ: 11 incredible stats from Bruno Fernandes’ two years at Man Utd

Odion Ighalo – £10million

After struggling to sign a new striker in January 2020, United spent £4million to sign Ighalo on loan and then an extra £6million to temporarily extend his stay at Old Trafford.

The striker scored five goals in cup competitions, helping United reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Europa League in 2019-20 before returning to his parent club in January 2021.

Donny van de Beek – £35million

Despite signing Fernandes in January 2020, United still wanted another attacking midfielder and sanctioned a £35million move for Van de Beek a few months later.

The Netherlands international hasn’t had many opportunities to prove himself at Old Trafford, starting just 19 games in all competitions and remaining as an unused substitute for their 2021 Europa League final defeat.

He’s going to spend the second half of 2021-22 on loan at Everton and will be hoping to show United what they’re missing out on.

Alex Telles – £13.6million

Telles won two Primeira Liga titles and two domestic cups during his five years at Porto before heading to Old Trafford on deadline day in 2020.

The 29-year-old was expected to establish himself as United’s first-choice left-back, but he has struggled to usurp Luke Shaw.

Facundo Pellistri – £9million

After being recommended to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by Diego Forlan, Pellistri joined United in 2020 and is regarded as one for the future.

The Uruguay international is yet to make a competitive first-team appearance for United and is currently on loan at La Liga side Alaves.

Amad – £19million

Despite only five senior appearances for Atalanta, Amad did enough to impress United’s scouts and was snapped up in January 2021.

The 19-year-old is currently on loan at Scottish Premiership side Rangers but we’d be surprised if he doesn’t have a big future at Old Trafford.

Jadon Sancho – £73million

After failing to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £108million asking price in the summer of 2020, United signed Sancho for £35million less a year later.

The England international hasn’t hit the ground running at Old Trafford but time is on his side, and he could prove crucial in ending their trophy drought. 

Raphael Varane – £34million

Varane arrived at United with a proven pedigree of winning trophies, having lifted three La Liga titles, a Copa del Rey, four Champions Leagues and the World Cup.

But he’s struggled with injuries in his debut season and is probably regretting his decision to leave Real Madrid, who are currently sitting at the top of La Liga.

Cristiano Ronaldo – £12.8million

Ronaldo returned to United in 2021 and was expected to restore the glory days at Old Trafford. But things haven’t gone as planned and his arrival has coincided with a downturn in the team’s performances.

While the Portugal international almost single-handedly kept United in the Champions League, he did miss a penalty in their FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough.


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