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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, OBE is a Welsh football coach and former player who is currently the assistant manager at Manchester United and co-owner of Salford City. Giggs made his first appearance for ...more
2
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, known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid C.F. and the Portugal national team. He is a ...more
3
Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder
Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona is a French actor and former international footballer for the French national team. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, ...more
4
George Best is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder
George Best was a Northern Irish footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968 he won the European Cup with United, and was named the ...more
5
Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Goalkeeper
Peter Bolesław Schmeichel MBE is a Danish retired professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and was voted the "World's Best Goalkeeper" in 1992 and 1993. He is best ...more
6
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward
Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team. He has played much of his career as a forward, but he has ...more
7
Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder
Paul Scholes is a retired English footballer who played his entire professional career for Manchester United and is currently co-owner of Salford City. Born in Salford, but later moving to ...more
8
Bobby Charlton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder
Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton CBE is an English former football player, regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, and an essential member of the England team who won the ...more
9
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 is a Dutch former footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Ajax, Juventus, Fulham and Manchester United. He is the most capped player in the Netherlands national team's ...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 is a retired Dutch footballer and current assistant manager for the Dutch National Football Team. He is the fourth-highest goalscorer ...more
11
Roy Keane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder
Roy Maurice Keane is an Irish football manager and former professional football player. He is the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team. In his 18-year-long playing ...more
12
Nemanja Vidić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender
Nemanja Vidić is a Serbian footballer who plays for Italian club Inter Milan. He was part of the Serbian national team from 2002 to 2011. After establishing himself at Red Star Belgrade during ...more
13
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder
David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE, is an English former professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the ...more
14
Rio Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender
Rio Gavin Ferdinand is an English professional footballer who plays for Queens Park Rangers as a centre-back. He played 81 times for the England national football team between 1997 and 2011, and ...more
15
Ole Gunnar Solskjær is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder
Ole Gunnar Solskjær is a Norwegian football manager and former player. As a player, he spent most of his career playing as a forward for Manchester United. Before his arrival in England, ...more
16
Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward
Denis Law CBE is a Scottish former football player, who enjoyed a long and successful career as a striker from the 1950s to the 1970s. Law's career as a football player began at Second Division ...more
17
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 is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Manchester United and for the Spanish national team. Born in Madrid, he started his career ...more
18
Patrice Evra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender, Midfielder
Patrice Latyr Evra is a French international footballer who plays for Italian club Juventus in Serie A. Originally an attacker, he primarily plays as a left-back. Evra, whom Sir Alex Ferguson ...more
19
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward
Robin van Persie is a Dutch footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester United and is the captain of the Netherlands national team. He is a youth product of Feyenoord. Having joined Arsenal ...more
20
Jaap Stam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender
Jakob "Jaap" Stam is a Dutch retired football player who is currently an assistant coach at his former club AFC Ajax. Born in Kampen, he played for several European clubs including PSV ...more
21
Gary Neville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Defender
Gary Alexander Neville is an English football coach and former player who currently serves as a coach for the England national football team, and as co-owner of Salford City. Since retiring from ...more
22
Andrew Cole is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Forward
Andrew Alexander "Andy" Cole is an English former professional footballer. He was almost universally known as Andy Cole in the 1990s; in 2000, he allegedly asked to be known as Andrew ...more
23
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 is a South Korean former footballer who currently serves as a club ambassador at Manchester United. Born in Goheung, Jeollanam-do, he was the captain of the South Korean national ...more
24
Duncan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Wing half, Midfielder
Duncan Edwards 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 formed under manager Matt Busby in ...more
25
Bryan Robson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked
Midfielder
Bryan Robson OBE is an English football manager and a former player. He began his career with West Bromwich Albion in 1972 before moving to Manchester United in 1981 where he became the longest ...more