We choose our best XI to ever play for Man Utd in Premier League
After Paul Scholes chose his dream Man United XI, ManUtd24 have compiled our own eleven, choosing the best players who have played in the red shirt.
Our Team at a glance:
G. Neville – Ferdinand – Bruce – Irwin
Beckham – Keane – Giggs – Ronaldo
Cantona – Van Nistelrooy
1. Peter Schmeichel
Obvious choice for the goalkeeper spot. Helped United to the historic treble in 1999, and in his eight glorious years at the club, inspired Man Utd to 10 major trophies, include the Premier League which he won five times.
2. Gary Neville
Current captain at the club, Gary Neville has been with United since he was a schoolboy. The right back has made 375 appearances so far, as Neville has won seven Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one European Cup and one League Cup in his United career.
3. Rio Ferdinand
Right now, Rio Ferdinand is one of the best centre backs in the world. After a bad start to his United career which was overshadowed after misssing his drug test, Ferdinand has grew in stature and is now recognised as a world class player. His most defining moment came in May 2008, when he captained Manchester United to their first Champions League trophy in nine years.
4. Steve Bruce
The central defender was an instrumental figure for United during his nine years at the club. In his 414 appearances for the club, he inspired the United to three Premier League titles. His partnership with Gary Pallister was dubbed by Gary Neville as the best in the club’s history. He is currently the manager of Wigan Athletic.
5. Denis Irwin
Probably the best left back to play in Man Utd colours, Denis Irwin is considered as a modern great for the Red Devils. Irwin was a consistent performer and even had an eye for goal. He made a total of 529 appearances, where he scored 33 goals for the club.
6. David Beckham
No doubt one of the most decorated footballers to ever play for the champions. Another player that was part of a very successful youth system at the club. The right sided mifielder was the best passer of the ball in the planet, and Beckham was always a threat in set pieces. I his glamorous career at the club he won 6 Premiership titles, 2 FA Cup’s and one European Cup.
7. Roy Keane
One of the most colourful football players in history, Roy Keane’s United career was full of both major achievements and controversy. Was there a better central midfielder than him? The former United captain was a highly aggresive player, but during his twelve years at the club, has won seven Premier League titles. During his Man Utd career he established himself as one of the greatest players in the club’s history.
8. Ryan Giggs
The Welshman broke the record for acheiving the most appearances for the club. The clubs most successful player, Giggs became the first footballer to collect 10 top division English league title medals. Those titles are just some of his career honours. He has even passed the 100 goal mark, which for a midfielder it is a rather rare feat. Giggs’ now plays deeper in central midfield instead of on the left wing as he is nearing retirement.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo
Just 23 years of age, Ronaldo has become one of United’s greatest players. He is packed with incredible enthusiasm along with great skill. The Portugese winger has become a threat to all defences worldwide, after scoring an amazing 43 goals for the club in the 2007/2008 season.
10. Eric Cantona
The Frenchman was superb for United during his five years at the club and despite controversy on the pitch he was still a Old Trafford great. To this day he is referred as ‘King Eric’ by United fans across the globe. He won four Premier League titles at the club, scoring 64 goals in his 144 games for the club.
11. Ruud Van Nistelrooy
He spent five years at the club, where he scored a total of 95 goals. He is considered as one of Man United’s best ever strikers, the Dutchman inspired United to three major trophies. An alleged rift with Cristiano Ronaldo ended his career in 2006.