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Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked

Updated May 22, 2020 147.2k votes 11.4k voters 125.3k 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

    BirthplaceSalford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Paul Scholes ( SKOHLZ; born 16 November 1974) is a co-owner of Salford City, an English...  more
  • 2
    3,374
    1,214

    George Best

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who...  more

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  • 3
    2,816
    984

    David Beckham

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLeytonstone, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    David Robert Joseph Beckham (UK: ; born 2 May 1975) is an English former professional...  more

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  • 4
    5,177
    1,900

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSanto António, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese...  more

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    2,192
    759

    BirthplaceUžice, Serbia

    NationalitySerbia

    Nemanja Vidić (Serbian Cyrillic: Немања Видић, Serbian pronunciation: [němaɲa ʋǐːditɕ]; born...  more
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    BirthplaceCroxteth, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for...  more

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  • 7
    2,726
    1,002

    BirthplaceGladsaxe Municipality, Denmark

    NationalityPoland, Denmark

    Peter Bolesław Schmeichel, MBE (Danish pronunciation: [pʰetɐ ˈsmaɪ̯ˀkl̩]; born 18 November...  more

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    #137 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#8 of 188 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

  • 8
    3,337
    1,279

    Eric Cantona

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMarseille, France

    NationalityFrance, Spain

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

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    #46 of 222 The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time#24 of 28 Famous Athletes Convicted of Assault

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    2,220
    780

    BirthplaceVoorhout, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Edwin van der Sar OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛtʋɪn vɑn dɛr ˈsɑr] (listen)) (born 29 October...  more
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    2,424
    917

    Bobby Charlton

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAshington, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

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

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    #61 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time#3 of 1,058 The Best Soccer Players from England

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    2,152
    801

    BirthplaceOss, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

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

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    #74 of 1,295 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#49 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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    Ryan Giggs

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCardiff, Wales

    NationalityWales

    Ryan Joseph Giggs (born Wilson; born 29 November 1973) is a Welsh football coach and former...  more

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    2,211
    647

    David de Gea

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    David de Gea Quintana (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈβið ðe ˈxea kinˈtana]; born 7 November 1990)...  more

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    #5 of 32 The Best Goalies In The World Right Now#17 of 114 The Best Soccer Players from Spain

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    709

    BirthplaceDenmark Hill, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

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    #51 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time#79 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

  • 15
    2,228
    915

    Roy Keane

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCork, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971) is an Irish football manager and former professional...  more

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    #1 of 81 The Best Soccer Players from Ireland#9 of 30 The Best Athletes Who Wore #16

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    742

    Ole Gunnar Solskjær

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceKristiansund, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    Ole Gunnar Solskjær KSO (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈuːlə ˈɡʉnːɑr ²suːlʂær] (listen); born 26...  more

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    #2 of 105 The Best Soccer Players from Norway#26 of 30 The Best Athletes Who Wore #20

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    BirthplaceRotterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Robin van Persie (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɔbɪn vɑn ˈpɛrsi] (listen); born 6 August 1983) is a...  more

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    #35 of 117 The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time#2 of 12 The Best Professional Soccer Players Who Retired In 2019

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    524

    Jaap Stam

    Defender

    BirthplaceKampen, Overijssel, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Jakob Stam (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjaːp ˈstɑm]; born 17 July 1972) is a Dutch professional...  more
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    Patrice Evra

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceDakar, Senegal

    NationalitySenegal, France

    Patrice Latyr Evra (French pronunciation: ​[pa.tʁis e.vʁa]; born 15 May 1981) is a French...  more
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    704

    Gary Neville

    Defender

    BirthplaceBury, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Gary Alexander Neville (born 18 February 1975) is an English football coach, retired football...  more
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    654

    Park Ji-Sung

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGoheung County

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Park Ji-sung (Korean: 박지성; Hanja: 朴智星; Korean pronunciation: [pak̚.t͈ɕi.sʌŋ]; born 25 February...  more
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    Nani

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePraia, Cape Verde

    NationalityPortugal, Cape Verde

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

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    BirthplaceBlagoevgrad, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

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

    Forward

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityFrance

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

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceWallsend, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Michael Carrick (born 28 July 1981) is an English football coach and former player. He is...  more