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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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    Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
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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
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    David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    2,892
    967

    David Beckham

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLeytonstone, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

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

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    Nemanja Vidić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    2,310
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    BirthplaceUžice, Serbia

    NationalitySerbia

    Nemanja Vidić (Serbian Cyrillic: Немања Видић, Serbian pronunciation: [němaɲa ʋǐːditɕ]; born... more
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    George Best is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
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    George Best

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland, United Kingdom

    George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who... more
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    Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
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    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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    Ruud van Nistelrooy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    2,270
    808

    BirthplaceOss, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

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

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    Edwin van der Sar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    2,338
    803

    BirthplaceVoorhout, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Edwin van der Sar OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛtʋɪn vɑn dɛr ˈsɑr] (listen)) (born 29 October... more
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    Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    2,839
    1,070

    BirthplaceGladsaxe Municipality, Denmark

    NationalityPoland, Denmark

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

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    Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    3,495
    1,374

    Eric Cantona

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceEurope, Metropolitan France, France, Bouches-du-Rhône, Marseille

    NationalityFrance

    Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona (French pronunciation: ​[eʁik kɑ̃tona]; born 24 May 1966) is a... more
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    Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
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    1,317

    BirthplaceCroxteth, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for... more
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    Bobby Charlton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    2,507
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    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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    #55 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time#2 of 200 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjær is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    2,011
    739

    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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    David de Gea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    2,350
    622

    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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    Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    3,754
    1,626

    Ryan Giggs

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCardiff, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    Ryan Joseph Giggs (born Wilson; born 29 November 1973) is a Welsh football coach and former... more
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  • 15
    Rio Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    1,871
    748

    BirthplaceDenmark Hill, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born 7 November 1978) is an English former professional footballer who... more
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  • 16
    Roy Keane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    2,296
    984

    Roy Keane

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCork, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971) is an Irish football manager and former professional... more
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    Jaap Stam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    1,369
    525

    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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    Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    1,769
    687

    BirthplaceRotterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Robin van Persie (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɔbɪn vɑn ˈpɛrsi] (listen); born 6 August 1983) is a... more
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    Patrice Evra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
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    584

    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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    Gary Neville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
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    730

    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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    Park Ji-Sung is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
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    666

    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 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
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    Nani

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

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    Dimitar Berbatov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    1,081
    516

    BirthplaceBlagoevgrad, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

    Dimitar Ivanov Berbatov (Bulgarian: Димитър Иванов Бербатов [diˈmitɐr bɛrˈbatɔf]; born 30... more
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    Louis Saha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
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    294

    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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    Andrei Kanchelskis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
    626
    329

    BirthplaceKirovohrad, Ukraine

    NationalityUkraine, Russia, Soviet Union

    Andrei Antanasovich Kanchelskis (Ukrainian: Андрій Антанасович Канчельскіс; Russian: Андрей... more
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