Ranking Manchester United’s 50 Greatest Players

Who is Manchester United’s greatest player?

It’s a question to consider when you consider the incredible amount of world-class talent that has come through England’s most famous club.

Since the Premier League was renamed in 1992, United have won a record 13 titles, so the top 50 is understandably filled with modern big names.

However, the Red Devils have always been a big deal even before their modern successes and older fans would have witnessed the brilliance of George Best, Bryan Robson and Bobby Charlton to name a few.

Therefore, deciphering the GOAT of legends will always be a subjective and largely controversial task.

A task that virtually all of you will – and should – disagree with somewhere along the line.

And ultimately, that’s what makes debating these topics fun.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into what FourFourTwo thinks are United’s best 50.

Manchester United’s 50 Greatest Players

50. Teddy Sheringham (1997-2001)
49. Harry Greg (1957-1966)
48.Stan Pearson (1936-1954)
47. Johnny Carey (1946-1953)
46. ​​Jaap Stam (1998-2001)
45. Tony Dunne (1960-1973)
44. Brian Kidd (1967-1974)
43. Dwight Yorke (1998-2002)
42.Andy Cole (1995-2001)
41. Arthur Albiston (1936-1954)

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A few oldies between 41 and 50 with only a handful of players appearing for United in the 21st century.

Stam was a formidable force at Old Trafford after signing from PSV. He won the treble in his first season at the club and would no doubt have been much lower on this list had he stayed longer than three years.

40. Paul Ince (1989-1995)
39. Sammy Mcllroy (1971-1982)
38. Liam “Billy” Whelan (1953-1958)
37. Michael Carrick (2006-2018)
36. Paddy Crerand (1963-1971)
35. Steve Coppell (1975-1983)
34. Paul McGrath (1982-1989)
33. Brian McClair (1987-1998)
32. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (1996-2007)
31. Edwin van der Sar (2005-2011)

Edwin van der Sar celebrates a Man United goal
Edwin van der Sar celebrates a Man United goal

Is it just us or does it feel like Van der Sar has been between the sticks at Old Trafford for much longer? It’s probably a testament to everything he’s achieved with the club.

Meanwhile, former boss Solskjaer finds himself in 32nd place overall. His 11-year commitment to the club as a player followed by the two years he spent in the dugout will make him a fan favorite forever.

Current first-team coach Carrick also finds himself in this category, ranking 37th overall.

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30. Gary Pallister (1989-1998)
29. Norman Whiteside (1982-1989)
28. Patrice Evra (2006-2014)
27. Steve Bruce (1987-1996)
26. Martin Buchan (1972-1983)
25. Mark Hughes (1980-1986, 1988-1995)
24. Nemanja Vidic (2006-2014)
23. Denis Viollet (1953-1962)
22. David De Gea (2011-present)
21.Nobby Stiles (1960-1971)

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 15: Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United celebrates scoring her team’s second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on December 15, 2009 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Wow, you know it’s a competitive environment when Vidic barely makes it past the top 25. Many consider the Serb to be among the greatest centre-backs in the Premier League.

Bruce and Hughes went on to outstanding management careers, so it’s easy to forget that they’re both United legends of the 1980s and 1990s – real men of football these two.

20. Ruud van Nistelrooy (2001-2006)
19. Bill Foulkes (1950-1970)
18. Dennis Irwin (1990-2002)
17.Tommy Taylor (1953-1958)
16. Roger Byrne (1951-1958)
15. Gary Neville (1992-2011)
14.David Beckham (1993-2003)
13. Roy Keane (1993-2005)
12. Cristiano Ronaldo (2003-2009, 2021-present)
11. Rio Ferdinand (2002-2014)

Keane and Beckham for Manchester United

No Ronaldo in the top 10? We think that’s fair enough considering it’s an assessment of him as a United player, despite winning the Ballon d’Or while at the club in 2008.

Some of the infamous 92′ class in Neville and Beckham are also pretty much absent, along with notorious tough man Keane and iconic centre-back Ferdinand.

10. Paul Scholes (1991-2013)
9. Wayne Rooney (2004-2017)
8. Peter Schmeichel (1991-1999)
7. Duncan Edwards (1953-1958)
6. Dennis Law (1962-1973)
5. Eric Cantona (1992-1997)
4. Bryan Robson (1981-1994)
3.George Best (1963-1974)
2. Bobby Charlton (1953-1973)
1.Ryan Giggs (1987-2014)

Ryan Gigg

So there you have it, legendary Welsh winger Giggs takes the top spot after making a record 963 appearances for the club.

The rest of the podium consists of footballing royalty at Charlton and Best – two complete opposite players and personalities, but legends in their own right.

The top 10 also triggers the one and only controversial decision that we believe needs to be raised…

Schmeichel on Rooney?! The Dane was a top-class keeper but we think that does Rooney a disservice.

But anyway, all things considered, it was a great effort by FourFourTwo.

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