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Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked

Updated May 22, 2020 146.6k votes 11.5k voters 125.7k views102 items

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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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    Paul Scholes

    Midfielder
    Paul Scholes ( SKOHLZ; born 16 November 1974) is a co-owner of Salford City, an English...  more
  • 2
    5,154
    1,869

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Forward, Midfielder
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    George Best

    Midfielder
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  • 4
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    987

    David Beckham

    Midfielder
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    Eric Cantona

    Forward, Midfielder
    Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona (French pronunciation: ​[eʁik kɑ̃tona]; born 24 May 1966) is a...  more

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    Edwin van der Sar OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛtʋɪn vɑn dɛr ˈsɑr] (listen)) (born 29 October...  more
  • 8
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    758
    Nemanja Vidić (Serbian Cyrillic: Немања Видић, Serbian pronunciation: [němaɲa ʋǐːditɕ]; born...  more
  • 9
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    994
    Peter Bolesław Schmeichel, MBE (Danish pronunciation: [pʰetɐ ˈsmaɪ̯ˀkl̩]; born 18 November...  more

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  • 10
    2,409
    909

    Bobby Charlton

    Forward, Midfielder
    Sir Robert Charlton (born 11 October 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a...  more

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    792
    Rutgerus Johannes Martinus "Ruud" van Nistelrooy (Dutch: Ruud van Nistelrooij; [ˈryt fɑn...  more

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    2,191
    654

    David de Gea

    Goalkeeper
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  • 13
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    705
    Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born 7 November 1978) is an English former professional footballer who...  more

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  • 14
    2,232
    911

    Roy Keane

    Midfielder
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  • 15
    3,583
    1,508

    Ryan Giggs

    Forward, Midfielder
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    736

    Ole Gunnar Solskjær

    Forward, Midfielder
    Ole Gunnar Solskjær KSO (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈuːlə ˈɡʉnːɑr ²suːlʂær] (listen); born 26...  more
  • 17
    1,693
    664
    Robin van Persie (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɔbɪn vɑn ˈpɛrsi] (listen); born 6 August 1983) is a...  more

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  • 18
    1,313
    522

    Jaap Stam

    Defender
    Jakob Stam (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjaːp ˈstɑm]; born 17 July 1972) is a Dutch professional...  more
  • 19
    1,220
    704

    Gary Neville

    Defender
    Gary Alexander Neville (born 18 February 1975) is an English football coach, retired football...  more
  • 20
    1,434
    567

    Patrice Evra

    Defender, Midfielder
    Patrice Latyr Evra (French pronunciation: ​[pa.tʁis e.vʁa]; born 15 May 1981) is a French...  more
  • 21
    1,406
    650

    Park Ji-Sung

    Midfielder
    Park Ji-sung (Korean: 박지성; Hanja: 朴智星; Korean pronunciation: [pak̚.t͈ɕi.sʌŋ]; born 25 February...  more
  • 22
    875
    376

    Nani

    Forward, Midfielder
    Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha ComM (born 17 November 1986), commonly known as Nani (Portuguese...  more

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    Dimitar Ivanov Berbatov (Bulgarian: Димитър Иванов Бербатов [diˈmitɐr bɛrˈbatɔf]; born 30...  more
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    600
    323

    Louis Saha

    Forward
    Louis Laurent Saha (French pronunciation: ​[saˈa]; born 8 August 1978) is a French former...  more
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    568

    Antonio Valencia

    Forward, Midfielder
    Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera, known as Antonio Valencia (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈtonjo...  more