This article will tell you about the 10 greatest ever Manchester United players
Manchester United is one of the most successful and iconic football clubs in the world. The club has won a numerous of titles, including
- 20 Premier League titles
- 12 FA Cups
- 5 League Cups
- 3 UEFA Champions League titles
Throughout its history, Manchester United has been home to some of the greatest players in the game. From George Best to Cristiano Ronaldo, these players have helped shape the club’s legacy and have become legends in their own right.
Man United’s Greatests
Here are the top 10 greatest players in Manchester United’s history, in no particular order:
George Best (1963-1974)
George Best was one of the most talented and charismatic players to ever play for Manchester United. He was a part of the legendary “Busby Babes” team. The team that won two league titles and reached two European Cup finals during his time at Old Trafford.
Best was an incredibly gifted dribbler who could beat defenders with ease and had an eye for goal. He scored 179 goals in 470 appearances for Manchester United. He was also known for his off-field antics which made him a fan favorite at Old Trafford.
Bobby Charlton (1956-1973)
Bobby Charlton is one of the most decorated players in Manchester United’s history. He won three league titles, one FA Cup, one European Cup and one World Cup with England during his time at Old Trafford.
He was an integral part of the “Busby Babes” team. The team that reached two European Cup finals before tragedy struck in 1958.
In 1958, eight members of the team were killed in a plane crash when they were on their way back from a European match against Red Star Belgrade.
Charlton went on to become one of England’s greatest ever players. He scored 249 goals in 758 appearances for Manchester United before retiring from football in 1973.
Ryan Giggs (1990-2014)
Ryan Giggs is arguably Manchester United’s greatest ever player. He spent 24 years at Old Trafford between 1990 and 2014. During this time he won:
- 13 Premier League titles
- 4 FA Cups
- 2 UEFA Champions League titles
He won a numerous other trophies with the club. Giggs also became their all-time leading appearance maker with 963 games played for them over his career.
He was an incredibly gifted winger who could beat defenders with ease as well as being able to score goals himself. He scored 168 goals during his time at Manchester United making him their fourth highest scorer ever.
Eric Cantona (1992-1997)
Eric Cantona is widely regarded as one of Manchester United’s greatest ever signings. He joined them from Leeds United in 1992 for just £1 million pounds – a bargain by today’s standards!
During his five year spell at Old Trafford he helped them win:
- 4 Premier League titles
- 2 FA Cups
He was an integral part of their success during this period. He scored 82 goals during this time making him the club’s fifth highest scorer ever.
Wayne Rooney (2004-2017)
Wayne Rooney joined Manchester United from Everton back 2004 aged just 18 years old. Over the next 13 years he would go on to become arguably England’s greatest striker.
He helped United win five Premier League titles plus a Champions League title amongst other trophies before leaving for Everton again back 2017. Whilst at Old Trafford, he scored 253 goals making him their all-time leading scorer.
Paul Scholes (1993-2013)
Paul Scholes is another legendary figure at Old Trafford having spent 20 years there between 1993 and 2013. During this time, he won 11 Premier League titles as well as three FA Cups making him an integral part of their success.
He scored 155 goals during this time making him their sixth highest scorer ever.
Roy Keane (1993-2005)
Roy Keane is another legendary figure at Old Trafford having spent 12 years there between 1993 and 2005. During this time he won seven Premier League titles as well as four FA Cups making him an integral part of their success.
He also captained them to victory in 1999 when they famously won The Treble – winning both domestic cups plus the Champions League – something no other English side has achieved since then!
He scored 51 goals during his time at Old Trafford making him their seventh highest scorer ever.
Cristiano Ronaldo (2003-2009)
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon back in 2003 aged just 18 years old. Over the next six years he would go on to become one of the best players on earth.
He helped United win three Premier League titles plus a Champions League amongst other trophies before leaving for Real Madrid back in 2009. Whilst at Old Trafford he scored 84 goals making him their eighth highest scorer ever.
However, the Portuguese made a comeback to the Old Trafford in 2021. He became United’s top scorer in 2021/22 season, becoming their sixth highest goalscorer ever.
David Beckham (1992-2003)
David Beckham joined Manchester United from local rivals Leyton Orient back in 1992 aged just 16 years old. Over the next 11 years he would go on to become one of England’s most iconic footballers.
He helped them win six Premier League titles plus the Champions League amongst other trophies before leaving for Real Madrid back in 2003. Whilst at Old Trafford, he scored 85 goals making him their ninth highest scorer ever.
Peter Schmeichel (1991-1999)
Peter Schmeichel joined Manchester United from Brondby back in 1991 aged 28 years old. Over the next eight years, he would go on to become arguably greatest goalkeeper in English football history.
He helped helping them win five Premier League titles plus a Champions League title amongst other trophies before leaving for Sporting Lisbon back in 1999. Whilst at Old Trafford he kept 125 clean sheets – more than any other goalkeeper – which helped make him a legend amongst fans.