Man Utd’s best and worst January transfers as Bruno Fernandes equals record

Manchester United are already revelling in Bruno Fernandes' quality following his January move from Sporting Lisbon.

The Portuguese star is one of the rare signings that has hit the ground running in recent years such has been United's haphazard attitude towards transfers.

Fernandes was named February's Player of the Month – joining an illustrious group of players who have won the award in their debut month.

January recruitment is a hard act to get right given club's unwillingness to let players go mid-season, especially if they are fighting for honours themselves.

Old Trafford has had some world class players walk through the door in the New Year, but is has also seen its fair share of flops arrive.

We take a look at the best and worst transfers to be sanctioned at United during the January transfer window.

The Three Best

Nemanja Vidic

The Serbian defender arrived as an unknown quantity in the 2006 window for £7m from Red Star Belgrade.

Not many would've expected him to become arguably the best centre-half in the world for a period.

Alongside Rio Ferdinand he formed a stellar partnership but he was undoubtedly the rock that kept things together.

At Old Trafford he still enjoys folk hero status and is among the finest defenders ever to grace the Premier League.

Five league titles, three League Cups and a Champions League in less than a decade underline his quality.

Patrice Evra

The Frenchman arrived in the same window as Vidic, safe to say Sir Alex Ferguson nailed his recruitment that month.

Evra owned the left-back position at United for almost a decade and can certainly be labelled a bargain at £5.5m.

He made almost 400 appearances for the Red Devils before leaving for Juventus but has been very vocal about his fondness for the Red Devils ever since.

Bruno Fernandes

The man of the moment.

It is hard to remember a player who has made such a difference to a team so quickly.

United could genuinely make the Champions League purely because of the Portuguese star.

The Old Trafford faithful may soon get a sense of deja vu, if they haven't already, at seeing United sign a player from Sporting Lisbon who went on to do great things.

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