Peter Schmeichel, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and Cristiano Ronaldo were signed for relatively low sums of money, considering their talents, and turned out to be Old Trafford icons.
But for every Great Dane and King there are the likes of Eric Djemba Djemba, Kleberson, William Prunier and Massimo Taibi, each of whom have become the punch line to their very own jokes around the club.
Recently, Ferguson has proven that he still has a deft hand at purchasing the right individuals for the Red Devils.
Robin Van Persie, Javier Hernandez, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and David De Gea are now Manchester United regulars, whilst, even though they haven’t lived up to their large costs, Ashley Young, Nani and Anderson have provided moments of class during their time too.
Of course, United being United, every Tom, Dick and Cristiano is linked to the club, but do we really want them to move to the cold and windy sights of North Manchester?
Here are 5 players that Manchester United fans don’t want the club to sign this summer.
Despite his strong performances for Stoke City this year, Manchester United would be taking a step back if they decided to sign the Bosnian goalkeeper.
The Daily Mail has it that Ferguson is currently lining up an £15 million bid for Begovic, but surely his addition would only sap the confidence from David De Gea, who has now firmly established himself as United’s first choice keeper after a string of superlative displays during the second half of the season.
Stoke have signed Jack Butland as a ready made replacement for Begovic, so it might already be too late.
However, it would take a substantial offer from United to claim Costa, who has a £45 million buyout clause in his contract, but has been reduced to fewer appearances in the last couple of weeks due to the uncertainty over his best position
If Ferguson was to purchase him, Costa would more than likely struggle to adjust to the English game and turn into a multi-million pound flop, akin to Juan Veron.
Real Madrid’s 25-year-old winger cost the club around £30 million back in 2010, and even though he has progressed into one of the most dangerous wide players in the world during his time at the Bernabeu, the last 12 months have seen him suffer a heinous drop in form.
And with the likes of Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Nani and Wilfred Zaha on the club’s books already, money would be more wisely spent on other positions.
However, if Young and Nani were to depart then he would be a worthy addition.
Despite leading Swansea to League Cup glory this season, and having proved that he can mix it in the Premier League after two successful campaigns in the top flight, Williams is not the man to help revamp United’s porous defense.
At 28 years of age, Ferguson won’t be able to build a backline around him for years to come, and he could also struggle to make the step up against Champions League opposition.
Plus, Robin Van Persie won't be able to forgive him after he tried to murder the Dutchman back in December.
The gargantuan Everton midfielder has already tormented United on more than one occasion over the last 12 months, and his impeccable form this season has seen him emerge as one of the most coveted players in the league.
However, once again he would come at an alarmingly high price, around £25 million, and might force United to play in a more direct style
Plus there is little to no room for him in an attacking berth, and if he was to be deployed in a midfield role his influence then begins to wane.