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5 Most Expensive Centre-Backs in Manchester United's History

Arjun Singh Devgan
Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly are among the most expensive centre-backs in Manchester United's history
Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly are among the most expensive centre-backs in Manchester United's history / Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images
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Manchester United are one of the biggest and most prestigious clubs in the world, with a number of great players plying their trade at Old Trafford throughout their history. The Red Devils have conducted a number of expensive transfers, which have been some of the biggest ones in footballing history.

Here, we take a look at five of the most expensive centre-backs in United's history.

1. Harry Maguire (Leicester City to Man United) - €87m

Harry Maguire
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Many were surprised when United splashed €87million to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City in 2019 and while it took time for the centre-back to live up to his price tag - he has now established himself as a key part of United's back-line.

The 28-year-old's performances at the Euro 2020 Championship have seen many hail him as one of the best defenders in the world, and he will be key if the club are to challenge for trophies in the near future.

2. Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United to Man United) - €46m

Rio Ferdinand
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United / Clive Rose/Getty Images

One of the greatest defenders in the history of the sport, Manchester United splashed €46m in 2002 to make Rio Ferdinand the most expensive defender at the time.

It was worth every penny for United as Ferdinand went on to become a backbone of the side, making more than 450 appearances for them and helping them win numerous trophies.

3. Eric Bailly (Villarreal to Man United) - €38m

Eric Bailly
Villarreal CF v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final / BSR Agency/Getty Images

Eric Bailly was signed by United from Villarreal in 2016 to ease their defensive problems and he was an astute signing atleast for the first two seasons as he was a regular in the starting XI.

Since then however, he has struggled with a number of injury issues, managing only 28 appearances in the past three seasons.

4. Victor Lindelof (Benfica to Man United) - €35m

Victor Lindelof
Villarreal CF v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final / BSR Agency/Getty Images

Victor Lindelof is another defender who has failed to live up to his potential at Old Trafford, with the 27-year-old having a mixed time so far in England. The Swedish international though continues to play under a number of managers, making more than 150 appearances for them so far.

5. Phil Jones (Blackburn Rovers to Man United) - €19.3m

Phil Jones
Tranmere Rovers v Manchester United - FA Cup Fourth Round / Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Infamously hailed by Sir Alex Ferguson as a player who could be the greatest ever player in United's history, Phil Jones spectacularly failed to live up to the hype.

That the centre-back has managed to spend 10 years at Old Trafford and continues to be a part of the roster comes as a surprise to many considering that he has not been in the plans of the club for more than two years now.

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