10 Best Manchester United Players


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The Top Ten

Cristiano Ronaldo
I am putting Ronaldo at the top because of his all round ability and blistering pace, the same reason he is superior to Lionel Messi. No player has ever had the ball skills of CR7, and he creates goals for other players while still being able to score in open play with both feet and his head (has Messi got a head? ). And his free kicks defy description. let's not forget he's scored the hat fulls of goals he's gotten as a MIDFIELDER!

I'm a bit surprised that Cantona isn't on the list - he'd be in my top 5 along with Charlton, Robson, and Giggs. The best goalkeeper is Schmeichel, who just shades Van der Sar. I have to list them separately - it's too difficult to try and make comparisons between keepers and open field players.

I've been a United supporter since I was 13 (1966), so I can only judge players that I've seen on a regular basis since then. Do I hear a lot of wailing that Best isn't in my top 5? Yes - he was a great player, but he could be lazy and go missing for large parts of games when everything wasn't going United's way (a la Maradona). And he wouldn't be able to get the ball off my granny! This was the single biggest improvement in CR7's game when under Sir Alex - a willingness to be all over the field and to track back instead of just being a dribbling machine as he was when he arrived at Old Trafford. The loss of Ronaldo was the single biggest factor that led to the break in United's run of titles - the year he left they lost the title by just 1 point but would have won easily if he'd been there to finish some of the chances that went begging that season. And now they'd be on track for an incredible 6 titles in a row in the world's hardest football league. So - I've had my "Ronaldo rave" and I'm sure it's stirred up the "Best brigade". And loving it!

P. S. Get Ronaldo back to Old Trafford where he belongs Sir Alex. He' wasting his time at Real Madrid (just like Beckham did - 1 major trophy in 6 years) and if they won't sell him then I suggest the SAS go in and get him out.
Even SIR ALEX told once that CR7 was better than any other player who had played for the red devils... He s even better than george best bobby charltan david beckham and many more
Better than leo messi in overall ability
So go CR7
Arrogant, Greedy, Distasteful, Soft, and all-around one of the most hated players in the world but he's damn good. Most naturally gifted player United have ever had did well to move to Real Madrid before the loser Red Devils got destroyed this season. The 2nd best player in the world. Messi is the best in the world say what you will you're only deluding yourself in thinking CR7 is better.

He's great but Messi is something you see once in a lifetime. By the way those who keep saying George Best is the greatest ever, maybe in the 50s and 60s but come on the speed of the game during that era must have been atrociously slow, the speed of Brazil's 1970 team by comparison to the speed of the current national squads is like comparing a bicycle to a motorcycle. The game has evolved I am so bold as to say that if they cloned 1958 Pele in his prime and transported him with his skills and capped him with just those skills to the modern 2012 game he wouldn't be able to hang with the velocity of the game, the ball moves so fast from side to side, Center backs now have the speed of the fastest wingers in the 1960s. The pace of the game would be too much, Messi vs. Maradona both in their prime in a footrace would be a landslide victory for Messi.

Best was the best Utd. Player of his generation but greatest of all time? No way. It's CR7 due to sheer skill, goalscoring prowess, and passing ability.
[Newest]He is the best
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2Ryan Giggs
Gigs is winning his 12th silver ware in the Premier league, under one Manager and a club. He is a true complete legend No1.
You can't tell when he is on form or out Form, MAN you still need him. Come next season he will play the same football.
Giggs has been able to influence every game that he has played since he started playing for Manchester United in 1992 at the age of fourteen. He controls the midfield and rips defenses apart with his passes and runs. Giggs has won a total of 13 Premier League titles under Sir Alex Ferguson. This man is a true legend.
who has made a longer more valuable contribution to a team not crashed his car and set a better example to you or your children as to how conduct ones self? if you can name him then he's a better man than giggsy
[Newest]He has been loyal player to his club country

3Wayne Rooney
His name is wayne
Runs as fast as train
His name is wayne
Never leaves red army in pain
His name is wayne
Making his enemies lame!
A great player who utd have still got great things to expect from. From the age of 16 he has shown the world that he is a world class footballer. He is the complete player, he can pass, shoot, head, he's quick and strong and can play in midfield as well (centre or wing). Still got so many records to beat.
Rooney is an unpredicted player rooney scores goals without pity. rooney have disgraced a lot of players in the world today, rooney is truly a world class player
[Newest]Because he knows how to win the game

4George Best
Any one that understands football know he was one of the greatest players ever. Ronaldo is closing fast and will possibly overtake him though, but not yet. I haven't seen the full list yet but young Duncan Edwards must be close?
Best player the game has ever seen. Had NI made the world cup just once while he played, his name would always be mentioned before Maradona and Pele.
The fact that George Best isn't number one shows how little people nowadays respect history, only when it comes to how many cups/leagues they've won. The majority of utd fans probably couldn't name me 5 people who died in munich, or maybe even 15 players from 1999 treble
[Newest]He is a wonderful player

5Eric Cantona
The great player at united ever seen. There is only one king rule English premier league. ERIC 'king' CANTONA.
Eric Cantona helped United win several trophies a United fan's favourite player and worked hard day in day out
It's a real Gladiator of the modern times. There will stay a King of the show still unrivaled.
[Newest]My favourite Man utd player of all time

6David Beckham
Beckham is the famest player in football's history, he is the best free-kick taker in the history, the best corner-taker in history, what more do you want?
David beckham David beckham best star red army had nobody better than David beckham
Becks is by far the best player ever to play for Man Utd. Just remember his long-distance shot, his passing, his crossing and his free kicks and VOTE!
[Newest]He should be ranked higher

7Bobby Charlton
Charlton being 8th just shows how inaccurate these lists are come on he's the all time leading goal scorer for club and country, as well as the most appearances how can rooney or keane be placed higher its just wrong there great players but there not on the level charlton was. Charlton was one of a handful of englishmen to lift the world cup I'm sorry but this guy should be top 5 of all time not 8th in manchester uniteds list, he's a real LEGEND respected by every fellow professional
He just has to, just has to be number one. Why is he not number one I just don't get it he is the best player ever! He's the best you can't leave him out of the the top 5!
A true Utd Legend & an outstanding ambassador for the Reds.


[Newest]He scored the most goals for England ever

8Robin Van Persie
RvP, The Flying Dutchmen, he is an exceptional player and quite frankly one of most entertaining to watch, so glad we snagged him from Arsenal!
Best striker & scorer ever ;D
Can't find anyone more handsome than him :3 haha
[Newest]Half team of manchester UNITED

9Paul Scholes
I wanna see those idiots who voted the ginger prince lower than the rest above him. It's not who's your favorite MUFC player, its who's the best. Nothing beats Scholesy.

"I’m not the best, Paul Scholes is."
Edgar Davids

"My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder. Scholes is undoubtedly the greatest midfielder of his generation."
Zinedine Zidane

“I want to pass like him. Who taught him how to do that? ”


“The player in the Premiership I admire most? Easy... Scholes”

Patrick Viera
And that's coming from a person who hated anything Manchester United. That's what scholes is.
Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have made their marks in Manchester United history. It's a shame to see Scholes relatively low on this list, considering all he's done for the club, which is the only reason I'm picking him over Giggsy or Cantona. His rockets for shots, pin-point pass and eye for chance creation makes him one of a kind.
He's won the hearts of millions of fans and neumerous of the games greatest players and managers. Sir Alex, Beckham, Pele, Zidane, Guardiola, Messi and Ronaldinho are but a few names of icons to have payed their tributes to this great veteran.
He deserves to be in the to 5 without a doubt, and he would be if not for all the fake fans, or young kids who have never seen him in his prime. How Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Bryan Robson ended up below Antonio Valencia I do not know!
[Newest]Pitch Point passing expert

10Ruud Van Nistelrooy
Best finisher of the game. Fans still missing his magic touch in the box. No arrogance but still the best.
Ruudy has the best Man Utd. goal Ratio ever!
2002-2003 season my all time favorite season thanks to RVN

The Contenders

11Roy Keane
The most successful captain and midfielder of recent years. He mirrored the style of Bryan Robson. A true leader of men who suffered no fools!


Powerhouse midfielder who would've been welcomed into any team with open arms. Could've played in any position. World class!
Absaloutely great there will never be anyone like him again
Shame he left but he drove us on so many times single handidly wining games

12Peter Shmeichel
The best goalkeeper in history, and along with van der Saar the standard by which every other Manchester United goalie will be measured.


Not even a missile could get past him! if messi faced shmeichel today, he would look as an amateur striker! Simply the best keeper ever!
way better than any player in the world a goalie that scored from play

13Nemanja Vidic
Nemanja vidic is great he can stop the greatest of players although he isn't as good as he used to be

14Edwin van der Sar
He set a record in Manchester United and will remain in the Manchester's history. A true Guru
He remained excellent throughout his whole career.
Probably one of the greatest goal keepers of all time
[Newest]Worlds best goalkeeper ever seen

15Dennis Law
The original goal machine.


16Rio Ferdinand
Can't defend. Really really overrated!

17Antonio Valencia
Every time that he is on the pitch, does a great job, fast, strong and smart...
Fastest player in the world in 2013 (source: FIFA study). Google it.
His a great player
[Newest]Some right back. Gets a lot of assists

18Duncan Edwards
A powerhouse who could really play in any position. His career was tragically cut short after dying from his injuries sustained in the Munich Air Crash. Duncan is a legend at Utd.


Anybody who has any knowledge of football history or of a certain age will know and say this guy was the most talented footballer to ever grace old trafford, and if he had lived the possibly the greatest the world would ever seen
The greatest united player ever. RIP

19Bryan Robson
Dragged Utd through many games. The only player from the eighties who would be considered for this list - that in itself said it all. The rest on this list had top quality players around them, Robbo was peerless for both utd and England in the eighties.
Come on people is this list for real? Captain Marvel below Nani, Valencia to name a couple. The man bleeds utd! To get a recall for England 3 years after being written off in early 90's!
Bryan would die for the cause and injured himself so many times. A leader and captain who lead by example.


20Javier Hernandez
He Is one of uniteds best strikers so he's obviously In the top
Give him a chance and he'll score, wether it's with his face or whatever but he'll score.
He s good cs he can score, he needs more playing time

21Ole Gunnar Solskjær
He has won it!

22Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton

23Angel Di Maria
Champion real and man U
You are the best
He should be no;9

24Patrice Evra
The best full back ever

25David de Gea
I think that the best keeper/player ever has to be David De Gea. He has been simply stunning after the early criticism that he received, I HATE MANUTD24
The second best goalkeeper. Helps utd in goal
Best goalkeeper of man you

26Gerard Piqué
He was one of the best defenders in the team

27Shinji Kagawa
Shinji Kagawa is a great player he could be one of united hero he have a good ability and never lose the boll before I really like him and I know he could be more up one of the best player in the world. THERE IS ONLY ONE UNITED!
Outclasses park ji sung

28Juan Mata

29Adnan Januzaj
Best nineteen year old I ever saw

30Nemandja Vidic

He is the same player as hernandez.

32Luis Nani
Nani is a fantastic player and an excellent winger, and he is now on top of his game, I'm a citizen but I personally like this player!

33Billy Meredith
The original play master, a wizard on the pitch and helped create the legend of Utd.


34Gary Neville
Best definitely in history

35Dimitar Berbatov

36Rafael da Silva
This samba kid is just great on that defensive wall

37Nick Powell

38Fabio Da Silva

39Brian McClair
Because he is 1 of the best players to join the bclub in the 90's

40Darron Gibson

41Phil Jones

42Jesse Lingard

43Andrew Cole

44Brian Kidd

45Gary Pallister

46Gary Bailey
Best south afria goalie ever
Best south afica goalie ever

47Daley Blind

48Luke Shaw

49Radamel Falcao

50Park Ji-Sung
I watch park ji sung videos these days, and I can understand what he says since I am a South Korean. He says he is working for Manchester united because he wants to become a better player. He is certainly the best Asian soccer player without any doubt. He is my favorite player. He never stops running, and he is very energetic.
This guy is seriously under-appreciated for Manchester United. Such a good team player who gives 100% work rate each game. A player who can change the whole performance of a team for the better.
Park Ji Sung is the best player among Asians. He can play in any positions and look at his goals! They are AMAZING. Even though he is not like a Ronaldo, he can creates a space for shooting! Go for it

51Marouane Fellaini

52Marcos Rojo

53Michael Carrick

54Danny Welbeck

55Carlos Tevez
Carlos tevez is a really good player he should for Manchester united again

56Ashley Young
Like his speed and composure when in form and in sight of goal

57Anders Lindegaard

Probably the best Ayer in the world right now

59Alexander Büttner
A promising young talent from Holland that has great ability at defense and up top
Büttner should play in LW because he is great at crossing and pace

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