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Following a trophy-less campaign, a couple of tough decisions had to be made and as a result, the services of long serving Gary Pallister and Brain McClair were dispensed with in the summer.

 In terms of reinforcements, Manchester United splashed around £27million to bring in the likes of Jaap Stam, Dwight Yorke and Jesper Blomqvist to Old Trafford.

First was the arrival of Jaap Stam, who was brought in as a replacement for Pallister for a whopping £10.75 million while Jesper Blomqvist was signed a few days later from Parma to add a bit of flair to the side.

Players In

Date

Name

From

Fee

1 Jul 98

Jaap
Stam

PSV
Eindhoven

£10.75m

8 Jul 98

Russell
Best

Notts
County

Free

21 Jul 98

Jesper
Blomqvist

Parma

£4.4m

3 Aug 98

John
O’Shea

Waterford
Bohemians

Undisc

28 Aug 98

Dwight
Yorke

Aston Villa

£12.6m

17 Feb 99

Bojan
Djordic

Bromma-
pojkarna

Undisc

Jaap Stam

Then somewhat surprisingly, Manchester United managed to lure Aston Villa star Dwight Yorke for a club record £12.75 million just a few days before the conclusion of the summer transfer window. Youngster John O’Shea also arrived with a view to the future.


At the end, all of the major signings had a big part to play in Manchester United’s success over the course of the campaign. Jaap Stam got off to a shaky start but was a rock at the back as the season progressed while Jesper Blomqvist provided a telling contribution in the absence of Ryan Giggs through injuries.


Undoubtedly United’s finest signing was Dwight Yorke. The striker formed a wonderful partnership alongside Andy Cole in attack and probably played the most important role in the Red Devils’ fine campaign.


Scoring 29 goals and providing 23 assists, Yorke was well worth the money shelled out for him at the end.


Players Out

Date

Name

To

Fee

1 Jul 98

Brian
McClair

Motherwell

Free

3 Jul 98

Ben
Thornley

Huddersfld
Town

£175k

4 Jul 98

Leon
Mills

Wigan

Undisc

4 Jul 98

Adam
Sadler

Released

Free

17 Jul 98

Gary
Pallister

Middlesbro

Undisc

8 Oct 98

Russell
Best

Released

Free

4 Nov 98

Chris
Casper

Reading

£300k

24 Mar 99

Michael
Ryan

Wrexham

Undisc

25 Mar 99

Paul
Gibson

Notts Co.

Undisc

25 Mar 99

Phil
Mulryne

Norwich
City

£500k

16 Apr 99

Terry
Cooke

Man City

£1m