Martin Edwards, the former chairman of Manchester United, has discussed the best five signings of his era at the club. Edwards oversaw enormous success at Old Trafford, including multiple league titles, the dramatic Champions League victory in 1999, and many cup victories. Sir Alex Ferguson was the manager during these years. Edwards has named five key players that helped enable this success.
Where else to start? Eric Cantona – the main man at Man Utd in the 1990s. He had an incredible effect on the team – aiding the development of Fergie’s Fledglings, while inspiring the team to several Premier League titles. Ever controversial, Cantona is still lauded by pundits as one of the finest ever Premier League players of all time.
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The ‘Great Dane’ as he was affectionately known, was an absolute goliath in goal. During the 1990s, after being signed for a minimal fee, he was the undisputed number one at United. He won five Premiership medals at United, with his crowning moment coming in 1999, as he was part of the treble-winning squad.
An often under-appreciated full-back, Dennis Irwin was a highly-reliable player. He was an integral part of the United team of the 1990s, often providing assists, taking free-kicks, and often penalties too. Irwin cost just £700,000, proving to be a fantastic investment. Smaller fees like this transfer allowed more blockbuster signings to be made.
Bryan Robson was a warrior for years at United. He was well-renowned for bossing the centre of the midfield. Before the era of United-domination, Robson was the star of the side. He stayed with United well into the 1990s, winning two league medals – reward for his tireless work at the club.
A true Captain, Roy Keane won everything at United, and many regard him as the key cause alongside Sir Alex Ferguson for United’s success. Signed for under £2million, Keane replaced the out-going Bryan Robson. While he left United in unceremonious fashion, Keane is regarded as a legend of the club, all these years on.
During this era, Man Utd won a lot. It is hard to imagine where the club would be without these five signings. They all played their part in their success, helping the club to win countless trophies. The five have all since retired, but are remembered fondly at Old Trafford.
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