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Cristiano Ronaldo and ex-Arsenal star Robin van Persie included in 11 of Glazers’ best signings at Manchester United as unpopular owners’ premiership potentially comes to an end


The Glazer family’s tenure at Manchester United has seen many stars come and go.

But who are the best players they’ve signed in their prime ministership that may be about to end?

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The Glazers appear to be on their way out

The Man United board released a statement on Tuesday evening confirming that the unpopular US owners are “exploring strategic alternatives”.

Bankers and lawyers have been tasked with advising them on the process, which could also result in a partial sale or a new partnership with third parties.

But it looks like a full sale of the club is the more likely option, with the Glazers deciding after years of fan protests that now is the time to relinquish control.

Since taking charge 17 years ago, the Red Devils owners have won five Premier League titles in seven seasons between 2007 and 2013, including the Champions League in 2008 and the League Cup in 2010.

But following Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, Man United have won just three honors – the FA Cup in 2016, and the League Cup and Europa League in 2017.

During their tenure, the Glazers purchased a number of stars. But who would make them a better XI for the Glazers?


Cristiano Ronaldo and ex-Arsenal star Robin van Persie included in 11 of Glazers’ best signings at Manchester United as unpopular owners’ premiership potentially comes to an end

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Nani earns a spot in the Glazers’ best XI

Starting in goal, Edwin van der Sar and David de Gea are the most notable men between the sticks during the Glazers’ tenure.

Man United signed Van der Sar on June 10, 2005, when the Glazers were finalizing their takeover of the club, so we opted for De Gea, who has held the job since 2011.

Van der Sar won more titles, including four Premier League titles, but De Gea was a phenomenal servant to the club, winning a record four Sir Matt Busby player of the year awards.

It’s hard to argue against Nemanja Vidic, signed in January 2006, as centre-back after being there for seven and a half seasons where he had a brilliant partnership with Rio Ferdinand. He starts alongside Chris Smalling, who joined in 2010.

At right-back, Antonio Valencia earns his place. He gradually replaced Man United legend Gary Neville after signing from Wigan in 2009. He had a huge impact as a defender at United due to his fast pace which he developed as a winger.

Patrice Evra is on the other side of the two backs. At the height of his career around 2008, the Frenchman was widely regarded as the best player in his position in world football.

Cristiano Ronaldo and ex-Arsenal star Robin van Persie included in 11 of Glazers’ best signings at Manchester United as unpopular owners’ premiership potentially comes to an end

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Evra won the Premier League five times in his time at Man United


In midfield is former Red Devils captain Michael Carrick. And alongside him is Bruno Fernandes, who has been at Man United since January 2020.

Meanwhile, versatile player Nani – who was signed by the Glazers in 2007 – enters on the left wing, with Juan Mata, who left the club last summer, on the right where he played earlier in his career.

At the top he can only Robin van Persie – who signed from Arsenal for £24million in 2012 – and Cristiano Ronaldo, who was Man United’s top scorer last season with 24 goals.

Although Ronaldo – whose contract was terminated on Tuesday the same day as the Glazers made their announcement – made a name for himself at Old Trafford during his first stint as a winger, the Glazers quit him as as a centre-forward last season, so he enters the XI in that position.

Cristiano Ronaldo and ex-Arsenal star Robin van Persie included in 11 of Glazers’ best signings at Manchester United as unpopular owners’ premiership potentially comes to an end

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Ronaldo’s time at Man United has just ended in acrimony – but he definitely earns a place in the Glazer XI

Cristiano Ronaldo and ex-Arsenal star Robin van Persie included in 11 of Glazers’ best signings at Manchester United as unpopular owners’ premiership potentially comes to an end

Best XI of Man United signings under Glazer family’s 17-year tenure



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