Manchester United

Ranked: 50 Greatest Manchester United Players of All Time

By Amreen
Manchester United have had a number of legendary players at the club over the years
Manchester United have had a number of legendary players at the club over the years / Marc Atkins/Getty Images
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Manchester United have had a number of players feature for the club over the years, some of whom have gone on to write their names in history as some of the greatest players ever.

The Red Devils are one of most successful football teams in the world, and have won the Premier League 20 times. Success might be elusive of late, but United are still one of the best clubs in the world.

Manchester Evening News have ranked 50 of the best players to play for the Old Trafford side, with Ryan Giggs taking the number one spot. Here's who else features in the list.


50 of the greatest players ever to feature for Manchester United:

50. David Herd (1961-68)

49. Teddy Sheringham (1997-2001)

48. George Wall (1906-1915)

47. Stan Pearson (1935-1954)

46. Harry Gregg (1957-1966)

45. Paddy Crerand (1963-1971)

44. Jaap Stam (1998-2001)

43. Paul Ince (1989-1995)

42. Dwight Yorke (1998-2002)

41. Billy Meredith (1906-1921)

40. Johnny Carey (1936-1953)

Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville
"The Class Of 92" - Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville / Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Giggs was a part of the Class of '92, alongside Gary Neville, David Beckham, and Paul Scholes, who are all also featured in the top 50.

39. Brian Kidd (1967-1974)

38. Brian McClair (1987-1998)

37. Arthur Albiston (1974-1988)

36. Michael Carrick (2006-2018)

35. Sammy McIlroy (1971-1982)

34. Andy Cole (1995-2001)

33. Alex Stepney (1966-1978)

32. Edwin van der Sar (2005-2011)

31. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (1996-2007)

30. Gary Pallister (1989-1998)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer / Kacper Pempel - Pool/Getty Images

Current United boss Solskjaer features at #31, while legendary goalkeeper Van der Sar and first-team coach, Carrick, also make the list, albeit lower down than expected.

29. Nobby Stiles (1960-1971)

28. Norman Whiteside (1982-1989)

27. Steve Bruce (1987-1996)

26. Martin Buchan (1972-1983)

25. Mark Hughes (1980-1986, 1988-1995)

24. Dennis Viollet (1953-1962)

23. Nemanja Vidic (2006-2014)

22. Ruud van Nistelrooy (2001-2006)

21. Jack Rowley (1937-54)

20. Bill Foulkes (1950-1970)

Ruud Van Nistelrooy
Ruud van Nistelrooy / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Giggs managed to sneak in ahead of George Best, Bobby Charlton, and iconic striker, Van Nistelrooy.

19. Denis Irwin (1990-2002)

18. David Beckham (1993-2003)

17. Rio Ferdinand (2002-2014)

16. Tommy Taylor (1953-1958)

15. Roger Byrne (1951-1958)

14. David de Gea (2011-present)

13. Gary Neville (1992-2011)

12. Peter Schmeichel (1991-1999)

11. Bryan Robson (1981-1994)

10. Roy Keane (1993-2005)

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David de Gea / ADAM WARZAWA/Getty Images

De Gea is the only current United player to make the list, ranking 14th.

9. Cristiano Ronaldo (2003-2009)

8. Wayne Rooney (2004-2017)

7. Eric Cantona (1992-1997)

6. Duncan Edwards (1953-58)

5. Paul Scholes (1993-2011, 2012-2013)

4. Denis Law (1962-1973)

3. Bobby Charlton (1956-1973)

2. George Best (1963-1974)

1. Ryan Giggs (1987-2014)

Giggs is the only player to have played and scored in every Premier League campaign, and holds the record for most league winner's medals.

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