Alex Ferguson's five best signings at Old Trafford
The most successful manager in English football Sir Alex Ferguson retired as Manchester United manager on Wednesday. Under him United won 13 Premier League titles. We take a look at his five best signings at Old Trafford.
Ferguson acquired Peter Schmeichel for just over £500,000 ($775,000, 590,000 euros), but the giant blond Dane was to become the greatest goalkeeper in the club's history.
The catalyst for Manchester United's period of dominance under Alex Ferguson, Eric Cantona arrived from Leeds in a £1.2 million deal in 1992 and left five years later as an Old Trafford legend.
The driving force in the heart of the Manchester United midfield, Roy Keane embodied Alex Ferguson's own ferocious will to win and became the manager's on-pitch lieutenant.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a complete unknown when he arrived from Norwegian club Molde in a £1.5 million deal. He claimed the famous injury-time winner against Bayern Munich in Barcelona in 1999 that brought Ferguson the first of his two Champions League titles.
Alex Ferguson signed Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003 for 12.24 million pounds and went on to become Manchester United great. He scored 42 goals as United claimed a league and Champions League double in 2008 before joining Real Madrid a year later, to Ferguson's great regret, in a world-record £80 million deal.