Daley Blind was another surprise deal which saw United make a decent profit on the £13.8m used to sign him with Ajax paying £18.1m to bring him back in 2018.
And then there’s Chris Smalling, signed for £7m back in 2010 where he went on to become a regular at Old Trafford, making over 200 appearances and winning two Premier League titles.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t regard the English defender as part of his plans though, particularly with Roma willing to spend £18.1m to sign him permanently in 2020.
Targeting players who have a strong sell-on value hasn’t been in United’s transfer DNA for quite some time now with the club focused on signings who can help win them silverware now.
And as one of the richest clubs in the world, United appear willing to throw caution to the wind in order to take them back to the top of English football.