During the first part of his career it seemed occasionally as if the game came too easy for him and could rely on his pace to get him off the hook. This article aims to collate together from some of the comments and results of previous polls to establish just who is the greatest Manchester United player of all time! More than anyone, he built the platform during the 1998-99 season that took Manchester United the extra step closer to European glory.
Best Manchester United players: Greatest XI of all time ... but that is what I saw in Duncan Edwards the first time I set eyes on him. He was only 21 when he died in Munich but had already drawn so much admiration.
Don Revie said of him: "You don't hear many professionals talk lightly of greatness because it is so rare, but that is what I saw in Duncan Edwards the first time I set eyes on him. He is the kind of player managers dream about." One of the few players coached by Sir Alex Ferguson who the Scot described as world-class. An enormous physical and vocal presence in the goalmouth, Peter Schmeichel’s imposing size, agility, determination to disarm each cross with the contempt King Kong showed for biplanes and express distribution gave United an air of invulnerability and swaggering dominance for eight seasons. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. He also won the Ballon d’Or and is the second person in the history of United to have a stand at Old Trafford named after him. "He was a truly fantastic footballer." This would be a great achievement at any club, but at one like United, who’ve been spoilt with so many world-class players, his record is outstanding. The captain of ‘the Babes’, he fulfilled his role dutifully, standing up to Matt Busby when necessary but his manager never held it against him.
Yet even at such a young age, he already amassed almost 200 appearances for United, with Sir Matt Busby describing him as “the most complete footballer” in the world.
He reached the same fabulous standard at left-half, centre-half, inside-left and centre-forward. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. He was an absolute warrior on the pitch, dragging his teammates along with him when needs be, and did all he could to ensure he was on the winning side by the time the final whistle was blown. Ronaldo will be remembered as one of the all-time greats when he hangs up his boots, and he became that player at United.
The only drawback is that he didn’t spend more of his best years at United, with a move to Real Madrid secured in 2009.
A classy, effective, lightning quick centre-half who married the defensive grit he had acquired at Leeds to the outstanding physical and technical gifts nurtured by West Ham in 12 seasons at Old Trafford. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.
A truly gifted player whose passing accuracy and sublime technique separate him from most other players England has produced. Cristiano Ronaldo bamboozles another hapless full-back. P529 G33. His penultimate season at United, which saw him score 42 goals in 48 games, was arguably the best season an individual has ever produced at the club, guiding the team to a Premier League and Champions League double and himself to the Ballon d'Or. Simply the most complete player England has ever produced, skilful, forceful, bursting with stamina and natural authority.
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His final two seasons sizzled out as alcoholism took charge, yet he still ranks in the top five for goals scored at United.
You will receive a verification email shortly. It pleased his manager if not those who had been entranced by his elegance and once harboured hopes of him as an English Beckenbauer.
He’s won 13 league titles (more than Manchester City, Leeds and Chelsea combined), two European Cups, four FA Cups, three League Cups and several others, spending an incredible 24 seasons in the first team. We've put together a list of who we reckon are the greatest 11 players of all time to have ever worn the hallowed red shirt of the Red Devils. P470 G179.
He played in 33 successive matches for England during a period when the selection committee made consistency virtually unknown and was killed at Munich in 1958 two days short of his 29th birthday. Charlton came up through the ranks, survived Munich, and was part of the team 10 years later who became the first English club to win the European Cup, scoring twice in the final. Cristiano Ronaldo, 2003-2009. Easy to dismiss him in Ron Atkinson’s pungent phrase as ‘an amusement arcade’ in his first season at United in 2003-04 when the stepovers were his tiresome obsession, but to do so would have been to overlook that he was only 18 and as insouciant and intrepid as any teenager.