Manchester United is the most followed football club in the world. They have always been one of the biggest club in England as well as of whole world. They are not going through the best phase right now but they have history of fighting back.
Many great players have played for them in their rich history, and we will have a look at some of the best Manchester United players ever in this ‘Man Utd legends list’.
We have considered various factors like consistency, longevity, skills, impact on the club and the legacy. Here is the list of 12 best Manchester United players ever.
12. Peter Schmeichel
Schmeichel ,the Danish goalkeeper had a formidable penalty box presence, he was captain in the historic treble season in 1999. The Great Dane could not only make the acrobatic saves, but was also able to marshal the side’s defenders in front of him with a resounding authority.
The Great Dane was never shy in showing up his team-mates if he felt it necessary too. As a leader and an example from the back, Schmeichel could not have been more impactful. His bellowing holler and star-jump saves were an emblem of United’s rise to the top. Schmeichel made 292 appearances in eight memorable seasons with the club.
11. Cristiano Ronaldo
Signed by United as successor to David Beckham in 2003. The Portuguese winger inspired United to the 2008 Champions League crown before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009 for a world record £80m fee.
Took time to find his feet at Old Trafford, but by the time he left he had become the unstoppable goal-scoring machine we see in Real Madrid colours today.
Arriving as a skinny kid with spangly hair, the Portuguese spent six years at Old Trafford dazzling United fans with amazing skills, fantastic finishing and thrilling pieces of play that live long in the memory. His 42-goal campaign in 2007-08 led United to a domestic and European double, and he remains a club idol seven years on from his departure and also earned himself a place among Man Utd legends.
10. Bryan Robson
Known as ‘Captain Marvel’, Robson remains the longest-serving skipper in the club’s history after joining from West Brom in 1981. Bryan Robson was an elite midfieler and a great leader. With a great tackling game and the willingness to go on long, driving runs with the ball seemingly stuck to his left foot, ‘Robbo’ gave United fans plenty to cheer about during a barren championship run.
He was aggressive and relentless, but also a creative box-to-box player with supreme technique and regarded by many as one of the best Manchester United players ever.
9. Roy Keane
Roy Keane was one of the best Manchester United players ever and an another inspirational captain. The Irishman was physical and tenacious in defence, but also a vastly underrated technical player.
After Cantona’s early retirement, there was never any doubt who was going to be named as United’s new skipper given his deep desire to give nothing less than 100 per cent in every moment of every game.
He made 480 appearances during a twelve-year spell at Old Trafford, which included eight years as captain. He went on to join Celtic in 2005 and the relationship with his manager was over, but Fergie still regards him as the finest captain he ever had.
8. Eric Cantona
Eric Cantona is regarded as one the greatest Manchester United legend despite spending less than five years at Old Trafford. The Frenchman, signed from bitter rivals Leeds in November 1992, proved the catalyst for United’s 1993 title success.
His effect on a team desperately looking to end 26 years without a league title was immediate, with his wonderful artistry in the final third helping United to break down previous mental and physical barriers. His string of key goals in narrow wins helped the Reds overcome Newcastle to win the 1996 league title, and he won Premier League medals in all four of the seasons he ended on the pitch.
Cantona had the style, passion, temperament and grace of a maverick genius. He was technically superb, capable doing things with a ball few could dream of.