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Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked 

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Whenever you think of soccer, the first team that's likely to come to mind is Manchester United. The club is by far and away the most popular team in the entire world, with a whopping 10 percent of the world's population considering themselves United fans. Founded in 1878, Manchester United is one of the most decorated clubs in all of sport. They've won countless trophies over the years, both domestically and on the European front. That said, they've sported some of the strongest squads and fielded some of the best players to ever wear cleats. Whenever someone players for Manchester Untied, they become instantly popular, but the guys listed here are some of the greatest Red Devils in history. 

Who are the greatest former Manchester Utd players of all time? Any list has to start with George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton. These are two of the most iconic and famous players in club history, and in the case of Best, his incomparable talent dazzled the old First Division like few could. In the Premier League era, players that contributed to United's dominance include legends like David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. Before Sir Alex Ferguson retired, these players helped contribute to United's 13 league titles under the legendary coach's watch.

This is the list of the best Manchester United players of all time. If you notice someone is missing from this list, feel free to add them. Vote or re-rank this list according to who you think is the greatest Red Devils ever.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward and Midfielder from Santo António, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (European Portuguese: [kɾiʃˈtjɐnu ʁoˈnaɫdu]; born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club ...more

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Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder from Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Paul Scholes ( SKOHLZ; born 16 November 1974) is a co-owner of Salford City, an English football coach and former player. He spent his entire professional playing career with Manchester United, ...more

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder from Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

David Robert Joseph Beckham (UK: ; born 2 May 1975) is an English former professional footballer, the current president of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City. He played for Manchester ...more

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Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward and Midfielder from Marseille, France

Nationality: France

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George Best is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder from Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger, spending most of his club career at Manchester United. Named European Footballer ...more

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Nemanja Vidić is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender from Užice, Serbia

Nationality: Serbia

Nemanja Vidić (Serbian Cyrillic: Немања Видић, Serbian pronunciation: [němaɲa ʋǐːditɕ]; born 21 October 1981) is a Serbian retired professional footballer. He most notably played for Manchester ...more

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Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Goalkeeper from Gladsaxe Municipality, Denmark

Nationality: Poland, Denmark

Peter Bolesław Schmeichel, MBE (Danish pronunciation: [pʰetɐ ˈsmaɪ̯ˀkl̩]; born 18 November 1963) is a Danish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and was voted the IFFHS ...more

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Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward and Midfielder from Cardiff, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales

Ryan Joseph Giggs (born Wilson; born 29 November 1973) is a Welsh football coach and former player. He is the manager of the Wales national team and a co-owner of Salford City. He played his ...more

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Edwin van der Sar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Goalkeeper from Voorhout, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

Edwin van der Sar OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛtʋɪn vɑn dɛr ˈsɑr] (listen)) (born 29 October 1970) is a Dutch former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. During his career he ...more

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Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward from Croxteth, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for American MLS club D.C. United. He has played much of his career as a forward, and he has also been ...more

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Ruud van Nistelrooy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward from Oss, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

Rutgerus Johannes Martinus "Ruud" van Nistelrooy (Dutch: Ruud van Nistelrooij; [ˈryt fɑn ˈnɪstəlroːi̯] (listen); born 1 July 1976) is a Dutch football coach and former player. He is ...more

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Bobby Charlton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward and Midfielder from Ashington, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Sir Robert Charlton (born 11 October 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and was a member of the England ...more

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Roy Keane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder from Cork, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971) is an Irish football manager and former professional player. He is the joint-most successful Irish footballer of all time, having won 19 major trophies, ...more

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Ole Gunnar Solskjæ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward and Midfielder from Kristiansund, Norway

Nationality: Norway

Ole Gunnar Solskjær KSO (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈuːlə ˈɡʉnːɑr ²suːlʂær] (listen); born 26 February 1973) is a Norwegian professional football manager and former player. He is ...more

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David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
anonymous999 added Goalkeeper from Madrid, Spain

Nationality: Spain

David de Gea Quintana (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið ðe ˈxea kinˈtana]; born 7 November 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club ...more

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Rio Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender from Denmark Hill, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born 7 November 1978) is an English former professional footballer who played as a centre back, and current television pundit for BT Sport. He played 81 times for the ...more

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Patrice Evra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender and Midfielder from Dakar, Senegal

Nationality: Senegal, France

Patrice Latyr Evra (French pronunciation: ​[pa.tʁis e.vʁa]; born 15 May 1981) is a French former professional footballer. Originally an attacker, he primarily played as a left-back. Evra, whom ...more

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Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward from Rotterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

Robin van Persie (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɔbɪn vɑn ˈpɛrsi] (listen); born 6 August 1983) is a Dutch former professional footballer who played as a forward. He is regarded as one of the best ...more

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Jaap Stam is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender from Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

Jakob Stam (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjaːp ˈstɑm]; born 17 July 1972) is a Dutch professional football manager and former player who played as a centre-back. He was known for possessing "a ...more

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Gary Neville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender from Bury, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Gary Alexander Neville (born 18 February 1975) is an English football coach, retired football player and co-owner of Salford City. After retiring from football in 2011, Neville went into ...more

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Park Ji-Sung is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Andrik Nery added Midfielder from Goheung County

Nationality: South Korea

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Nani is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward and Midfielder from Praia, Cape Verde
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Dimitar Berbatov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
KaloyanAntonov added Forward from Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Nationality: Bulgaria

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Antonio Valencia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
anonymous999 added Forward and Midfielder from Nueva Loja, Ecuador

Nationality: Ecuador

Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera, known as Antonio Valencia (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈtonjo βaˈlensja]; born 4 August 1985), is an Ecuadorian professional footballer who plays for L.D.U. Quito ...more

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Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward from Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Denis Law (born 24 February 1940) is a Scottish former footballer who played as a forward. His career as a football player began at Second Division Huddersfield Town in 1956. After four years at ...more

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