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Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked

Updated May 22, 2020 144.2k votes 11.6k voters 126.6k 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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    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSanto António, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team....  more

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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 played as a winger, spending most of his club career at Manchester United. Named European Footballer of...  more

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    BirthplaceCroxteth, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

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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 football coach and former player. He spent his entire professional playing career with Manchester United, for...  more
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    BirthplaceVoorhout, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    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 played...  more
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    Eric Cantona

    Forward, Midfielder

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

    NationalityFrance

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    David Beckham

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLeytonstone, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

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    BirthplaceGladsaxe Municipality, Denmark

    NationalityPoland, Denmark

    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 World's...  more

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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 midfielder. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and was a member of the England team...  more

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    BirthplaceUžice, Serbia

    NationalitySerbia

    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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    BirthplaceOss, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    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 currently the...  more

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    Ryan Giggs

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCardiff, Wales

    NationalityWales

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    David de Gea

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

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    BirthplaceDenmark Hill, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

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    Roy Keane

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCork, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    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, 17 of...  more
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    Ole Gunnar Solskjær

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceKristiansund, Norway

    NationalityNorway

    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 currently the manager...  more
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    BirthplaceRotterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    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 strikers...  more

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    Jaap Stam

    Defender

    BirthplaceKampen, Overijssel, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

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    Gary Neville

    Defender

    BirthplaceBury, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

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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 former professional footballer. Originally an attacker, he primarily played as a left-back. Evra, whom...  more
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    Park Ji-Sung

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGoheung County

    NationalitySouth Korea

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    Nani

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePraia, Cape Verde

    NationalityPortugal, Cape Verde

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    BirthplaceBlagoevgrad, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

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    Michael Carrick

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceWallsend, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

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    Louis Saha

    Forward

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityFrance

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