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John Obi Mikel's mission -- stop Rooney

Updated: May 5, 2011, 3:16 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

Sir Alex Ferguson has made some astute transfer decisions in his 24-year spell at Old Trafford. Signing the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Cristiano Ronaldo has proved to be of huge benefit to Manchester United, while the manager has often released players at the right time, too -- Paul Ince, Mark Hughes and Andrei Kanchelskis were shocking departures, but none ever recreated the form he showed for the Red Devils.

But one of Ferguson's biggest coups ...

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