6 Greatest Manchester United Players Of All Time

6. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney spent 13 years at Manchester United, and will go down in the history books after breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s record to become the top scorer of the club last season. He scored 253 goals in 559 appearances for United, and won 16 titles during his time at Old Trafford. In addition to being deadly in front of goal, the 32-year-old also served as a club captain from 2014 to ’17. The Merseyside native first broke through the scene when he scored for Everton against Arsenal when he was just 17, becoming the youngest goalscorer ever in the Premier League at the time. He was signed in 2004 for £25.6 million by United, and was an important piece of the club until Jose Mourinho’s arrival last season. He returned to his boyhood club Everton in the summer on a free transfer after being excluded from Mourinho’s future plans.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

When Manchester United announced the signing of Ronaldo in 2003, many fans were left disappointed after learning that it wasn’t the Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo Nazario, but instead a 19-year-old unproven Portuguese winger. Sir Alex Ferguson decided to spend £12.24 million for Cristiano Ronaldo as a potential replacement for David Beckham, and handed the teenager a legendary number seven shirt. Although he was under a massive pressure from day one, Ronaldo delivered right away and bamboozled the Premier League with his tricks and skills. During his six-year stay at Old Trafford, the Portuguese scored 118 goals in 292 appearances, and helped United win nine trophies. After losing to Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League final, Ronaldo decided to leave for Real Madrid in a record-breaking £80 million fee.

4. Denis Law

Dubbed as the “Original King of Old Trafford”, Denis Law spent 11 years at Manchester United, although he has stints in Manchester City before and after. Law was signed in 1961 for then a British record fee of £115,000 from Torino, and had an immediate impact. Together with George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton, the three became to be known as the “Holy Trinity” for their partnership. The Scotsman finished off his United career with 237 goals in 404 games, and won six trophies with the club.

3. George Best

Another part of the “Holy Trinity”, George Best was a naturally talented footballer who could had been the best ever if it wasn’t for his addiction to alcohol and women. A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Best joined the Manchester United academy at 15 and was considered a football genius by then-manager Matt Busby. Capable of playing either as a winger or an attacking midfielder, he broke through United’s first team in 1963, and stayed until 1974 when he started to decline due to heavy drinking. Overall, the Northern Irishman scored 181 goals in 474 games, and won six titles. Sadly, Best passed away in 2005 as a result of a lung infection and multiple organ failure because of alcohol.

2. Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs actually started off his youth career at the Manchester City academy, before leaving for Manchester United at aged 14 and never looked back. Giggs went on to play professional football until he was 40 and he spent his entire career at United, making 963 appearances in all competitions. He is currently the club’s record appearance maker, and even took charge as an interim manager at the end of the 2013/14 season. The Welshman made his debut all the way back in 1991 as a 17-year-old, and played until 2014, winning up to 34 titles during that time. Known as an intelligent winger during his days, Giggs has now transitioned himself to a manager, and recently took charge of Wales national team.

1. Sir Bobby Charlton

In the number one spot, we have Sir Bobby Charlton who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom for his accomplishments in football. He joined Manchester United all the way back in 1953 as a 15-year-old after impressing the scouts with his school team. From there, he broke through the first team just three years later in 1956. However, in 1958, a disaster struck as the United airplane traveling from Munich crashed, killing many players and the staff members. Charlton survived with minor injuries, and was the first one to leave the hospital. He returned playing just a month later, and went on to appear 758 times for United, a record only beaten by Giggs’ 963. The forward scored 249 times, which was also the record only broken by Rooney last season. Overall, Charlton cemented his legacy at the club with a 20-year stint, where he won 12 titles. The South Stand of Old Trafford was officially renamed back in 2016 in his honor.

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