The Best Manchester United Players of All Time: Top 10

Manchester United is one of the greatest clubs in the history of English football and the world. It has a rich history full of trophies and great victories. Not so long ago, the Red Devils were coached by, according to many, one of the best coaches in history – Sir Alex Ferguson. 

However, in the history of the red club from Manchester, there were not only great coaches but also the best football players. As usual, only superstars came here. 

Best Manchester United Players of All Time

Let’s look at who is still the best of the best? So here are the best manchester united players of all time.

10. Jaap Stam

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Citizenship: Netherlands Netherlands
  • Position: Central Defender
  • Year of birth: 1972

He played 125 matches for Manchester United, in which he scored one goal. Played at the turn of the century: 1998-2001 He moved to Manchester United from PSV for not the biggest money. Only £10 million was paid for it. 

But in his first season at the Manchester club, he won the treble. However, after writing an autobiography that the coach, Alex Ferguson, did not like, he was quickly sold to Lazio for 16 million. Although later the Scottish specialist admitted his mistake in this.

9. Cristiano Ronaldo

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Citizenship: Portugal Portugal
  • Position: Winger
  • Year of birth: 1985

He played 291 matches for the Red Devils, in which he scored 118 goals. Played from 2003 to 2009. He is only in 9th place due to the fact that he is not a legend of the club, and also feigned at times.


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In 2009, he left to play for Real Madrid, the transfer cost was 94 million euros. Alex Ferguson considered him the most talented footballer he had coached. From an interview: “Only Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs came close to him in terms of talent …”

8. Rio Ferdinand

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Citizenship: England England
  • Position: Central Defender
  • Year of birth: 1978

Played 455 games, scored 8 goals. Played for Manchester United from 2002 to 2014. In 2002, he moved for a record €30 million. Most of the club’s fans were skeptical about this transfer. They questioned the quality of his concentration. 

He did exotic hairstyles. Many thought that he was not the right player for the then Manchester United. But as soon as he got to Ferguson, it was as if he had been replaced: the freaky hair was gone, the quality of his game was at the highest level, and the fans got one of the best central defenders of all time.

7. Ruud Van Nistelrooy

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Citizenship: Netherlands Netherlands
  • Position: Center Forward
  • Year of birth: 1976

Played 200 games and scored 150 goals. He performed under the auspices of the Reds in 2001-2006. His statistics were simply breathtaking: every 4 matches, he scored 3 goals. 

According to rumors, he left Manchester United due to conflicts with Cairo and Ferguson. The fans were very disappointed. He moved to the Royal Club in 2006. There his career began to decline.

6. David Beckham

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Citizenship: England England
  • Position: midfielder
  • Year of birth: 1975

He played 356 matches for United, scoring 85 goals. Performance period: 1991-2003 David Beckham is one of the most famous football players. He popularized football, brought it into the lives of ordinary people. He began to turn it into show business with his extraordinary hairstyles, unusual costumes. Almost every girl knows him, and it’s worth a lot. And everyone admired his free kicks.

5. Gary Neville

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Citizenship: England England
  • Position: Right Back
  • Year of birth: 1975

He played for the club from Manchester for 569 matches and scored 7 goals. Performance period: 1991-2011 Gary is the legend of the Red Devils. He dreamed of playing only for this team all his life.


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For 20 years he has won everything that is possible at the club level. Neville now works as a sports journalist for Sky Sports.

4. Eric Cantona

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Citizenship: France France
  • Position: Forward
  • Year of birth: 1966

He played 184 matches for United and scored 82 goals. Performed from 1992 to 1997. He can rightly be called one of the best strikers in the history of football. Eric is the militant leader of the dressing room, has a high percentage of sales.

However, once his militancy went beyond the limit. After one of his substitutions, a fan shouted something offensive at him, and Cantona jumped on him and kicked him in the head. For this, they wanted to put him in prison, but then the sentence was changed to 120 hours of community service and a fine of 10 thousand pounds sterling.

3. Bobby Charlton

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Citizenship: England England
  • Position: Attacking Midfielder
  • Year of birth: 1937

He played 756 matches for the club and scored 249 goals. He played from 1956 to 1973. One of the best players in history. He was part of one of the best, and perhaps the best three of the offense.


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It consisted of Charlton himself, George Best, and Denis Lowe. For three, they scored 665 goals for Manchester United, and Bobby was the best. After the end of his career, he became the director of his native Manchester club and was the main initiator of the appointment of Sir Alex Ferguson.

2. Wayne Rooney

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Citizenship: England England
  • Position: Forward
  • Year of birth: 1985

Played 559 games for Manchester, scoring 253 goals. Played between 2004 and 2017. The best scorer in the history of this team. This fact characterizes him best.

1. Paul Scholes

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Citizenship: England England
  • Position: Central Midfielder
  • Year of birth: 1974

He played 499 matches for the club and scored 155 goals. A true Manchester United legend. He was always very modest, never bought himself diamonds the size of someone’s head, although he could afford it.

Paul Scholes became a football player in spite of everything – despite asthma that accompanies him all his life, despite the Osgood-Schlatter disease, despite the vision problems that made themselves felt at a later stage of his career.

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