Man Utd Have Only Received A Transfer Fee Of £20m+ For A Player On Four Occasions

Manchester United may be one of the richest clubs in word football, with an estimated value of around £590 million, but the club don't exactly have a reputation for cashing in on their own players.

In fact the club have only received a transfer fee of £20 million plus for a player on just four occasions - a stat that may surprise a few.

If you don't include the transfer fee of Alexis Sanchez in the Henrikh Mkhitaryan transfer swap last summer, United have cashed in almost £170 million on the following four players.

David Beckham left Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in 2003 for a fee of £24.5 million.

It was the first time United had received such a large amount for a transfer and 16 years ago, it was seen as a relatively big amount.

You can buy two Gylfi Sigurdsson's with that amount nowadays.

David Beckham is presented with a Real Madrid shirt with his new number '23. Image: PA
David Beckham is presented with a Real Madrid shirt with his new number '23. Image: PA

It took another six years for Sir Alex Ferguson to sell up for more than £20 million, when he decided to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Los Blancos for a reported £85 million ahead of the 2009/10 season.

It remains the biggest fee United have received for a player.

Angel Di Maria was the next player to be offloaded for a large fee.

His far from glittering career at Old Trafford was cut short after Paris Saint-Germain offered £44.5 million for the winger.

Angel Di Maria rues a missed opportunity at Old Trafford. Classic. Image: PA
Angel Di Maria rues a missed opportunity at Old Trafford. Classic. Image: PA

Then finally, another uninspired signing was quickly offloaded after making just 32 appearances for the club.

Morgan Schneiderlin left United to sign a four-and-a-half year deal with Everton in a deal worth a reported £20 million, rising to £24 million.

It begs the question: are Manchester United poor at selling or are they clever about when players are at their peak?

Let us know in the comments below.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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