Manchester United have a healthy back catalogue of fantastic footballers. As the (give or take) most successful team in English football history, they should do.
Figuring out their best ever player is a tricky task, but we’ve had a bash right here.
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5. Eric Cantona
His swagger and ability earned him the nickname “The King” while he was at Old Trafford, and Cantona is more than deserving of his place on this list.
Signing from Leeds United in 1992, Cantona spurred United on to win the title in 1993, while the club dominated English football during his five seasons at the club.
4. George Best
One third of United’s so-called Holy Trinity (along with Bobby Charlton and Denis Law), Best was a phenomenon.
Dubbed as the first playboy footballer, Best tore defences apart at United, scoring 179 goals in 470 games at the club. A legend of the game, taken tragically after years of battling with addiction problems.
3. Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes scored goals. And that’s a fact. What made him better still was that a big chunk of the 155 goals he netted at United were absolutely brilliant.
An immaculate passer admired by everyone from Xavi to Zinedine Zidane, the only thing that stops me labelling Scholes the perfect midfielder is his terrible tackling ability.
2. Bobby Charlton
Wayne Rooney is likely to better Charlton’s goalscoring record of 249 goals, but Charlton spent his entire career playing in midfield.
Charlton played 758 times for United, winning three league titles, an FA Cup and, of course, the 1968 European Cup.
1. Ryan Giggs
The Welshman was a mainstay almost all of Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams, including the great sides of 1999 and 2008.
His finest moment as a player was weaving his way through Arsenal’s apparently solid defence to win the 1999 FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park. An incredible goal from a wonderful footballer.
But his endurance and adaptability make Giggs United’s best ever player. He made his debut in 1990 and – 963 games,168 goals and 26 major trophies later – retired in 2014.