Manchester United Football Club is an English professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester. The club was founded as Newton Heath LYR F.C. in 1878 and turned professional in 1885, before joining the Football League in 1892. After a brush with bankruptcy in 1901, the club reformed as Manchester United in 1902. Manchester United currently play in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. They have not been out of the top tier since 1975, and they have never been lower than the second tier.They have also been involved in European football ever since they became the first English club to enter the European Cup in 1956. Old Trafford has seen a great many players creating magic in the field. Following is our list of greatest players ever to grace Old Trafford for Manchester United.
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The most decorated footballer in English history, with 168 goals in 963 appearances, Ryan Giggs won every major honor worth winning at least once, with 13 league titles and two European Cups. He created records that are not likely to be eclipsed.
Regarded as the best English midfielder of his generation, Paul Scholes is a product of the youth system who went on to score 155 goals in 718 appearances. He famously returned to playing in 2012 after about-turn on retirement six months earlier.
United’s all-time leading scorer with 249 goals, Bobby Charlton, is one of only two Englishmen to win the World Cup and European Cup. Survivor of the Munich air disaster, he is an iconic figure at Old Trafford, where serves as a director.
George Best scored 179 goals in 470 appearances and earned the nickname of ‘El Beatle’ after performance against Benfica aged just 19 in 1966. He was a part of United’s so-called Holy Trinity alongside Denis Law and Bobby Charlton.
Roy Keane made 480 appearances during a twelve-year spell at Old Trafford, which included eight years as captain. A combative leader and wonderful reader of the game, Keane’s highpoint came with performance during Champions League semi-final against Juventus in 1999.
A victim of the Munich air disaster at the age of just 21, Edwards is still regarded as the most complete player ever to play for United and one who is regarded by Bobby Charlton as the club’s greatest player.
Denis Law earned the nickname ‘The King’ with his goalscoring feats for United, with a remarkable 237 goals in 404 appearances. The Scot missed the 1968 European Cup final through injury, but his status as a United legend secured prior to that game.
The Frenchman, signed from bitter rivals Leeds in November 1992, proved the catalyst for United’s 1993 title success and the subsequent period of dominance enjoyed by the club during and after his five-year spell at Old Trafford.
The former captain scored a hat-trick on his debut against Fenerbahce following £27m arrival from Everton in 2004.
The Portuguese winger inspired United to the 2008 Champions League crown before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009 for a world record £80m fee. He was signed by United as successor to David Beckham in 2003.
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