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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 Manchester United players of all time? Any list has to start with George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton. These are two of the most iconic 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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Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder
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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Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder
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
3
Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder
Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona (French pronunciation: ​[eʁik kɑ̃tona]; born 24 May 1966) is a French actor and former professional footballer. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, ...more
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George Best is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder
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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Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Goalkeeper
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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Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward
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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Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder
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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Bobby Charlton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder
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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Edwin van der Sar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Goalkeeper
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
10
Ruud van Nistelrooy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward
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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Roy Keane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder
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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Nemanja Vidić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender
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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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder
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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Rio Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender
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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Ole Gunnar Solskjær is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder
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
16
Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward
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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David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
anonymous999 added Goalkeeper
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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Patrice Evra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender, Midfielder
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) 19 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward
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) 20 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender
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
21
Gary Neville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender
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
22
Andrew Cole is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward
Andrew Alexander Cole (born 15 October 1971) is an English former professional footballer. Playing as a striker, his career lasted from 1988 to 2008. He is most notably remembered for his time ...more
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Park Ji-Sung is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Andrik Nery added Midfielder
Park Ji-sung (Korean: 박지성; Hanja: 朴智星; Korean pronunciation: [pak̚.t͈ɕi.sʌŋ]; born 25 February 1981) is a South Korean former professional footballer who played as a midfielder, and who ...more
24
Duncan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Duncan Edwards Wing half, Midfielder
Duncan Edwards (1 October 1936 – 21 February 1958) was an English footballer who played for Manchester United and the England national team. He was one of the Busby Babes, the young United team ...more
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Bryan Robson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder
Bryan Robson OBE (born 11 January 1957) is an English football manager and former player. Born in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, he began his career with West Bromwich Albion in 1972 before ...more