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Who is the best United player of all time?

Wayne Rooney

The Red Devils have fielded countless sensational players over the decades, although there are a chosen few who ultimately stand above the rest. Sir Alex Ferguson is the man responsible for bringing through and nurturing many fan favorites, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and the members of the Class of ‘92 being the most famous examples.

But these players aren’t the only ones enjoying undisputed legendary status. The likes of George Best in a previous era cannot be ignored. It’s impossible to decide exactly who is the best Manchester United player of all time, so we’ve compiled a list of a few of our all-time favorites below.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old in 2002, quickly becoming a talisman for his local Everton side. By the time he was 18, Rooney had joined the Red Devils and almost instantly started banging goals in – left, right and center.

In those early days, the ferocious forward was a dream come true for sports bettors, who could always count on Rooney to come up with the goods. Whether helping his team to win an overall moneyline bet or hitting a hat trick and satisfying adventurous prop bets, the Scouser had it all. He was undeniably one of the best United players to place a on, especially if it revolved around goals.

Roy Keane

Roy Keane was never as flashy or fun to watch as the highly-skilled players such as CR7 or Eric Cantona, but the straight-talking, macho Irishman’s game was never about those traits. A rock in the middle of the United midfield for years, he was an indispensable part of Ferguson’s golden years at the club.

Captain from 1997 to 2005, few footballers had the tenacity and leadership that Roy Keane brought to the table.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Despite the current Cristiano Ronaldo setback, you would have to be crazy not to include the Portuguese star in a list of the best United players of all time. When the teenager arrived from Sporting Lisbon with frosted tips in his hair, few would have imagined quite the impact he would have on the world stage.

Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time, alongside Lionel Messi, enjoying six years with the Red Devils before his blockbuster transfer to Real Madrid. Fans will never forget the unbelievable stepovers, long-range free kicks and his all-round determination to succeed.

Eric Cantona

Undeniably one of the more controversial players United have had over the years, Eric Cantona was instrumental in the club’s revival during the early 1990s. The Frenchman won four Premier League titles, also lifting two League Cups and two FA Cups during his spell with Ferguson’s upwardly mobile side.

Cantona was responsible for several unforgettable moments, not all of them great. Whether it was scoring one of his many wonder goals or lashing out at a supporter in the front row, you just cannot forget about him.

Ryan Giggs

Part of the Class of ’92, alongside Beckham, Keane and several other club legends, Ryan Giggs spent 14 incredible years at United. Amassing 114 goals across 672 appearances, the winger’s marauding runs down the left flank are the stuff of legends.

Few can match Giggs’ longevity at the top of the footballing world, with the Welshman still playing at a high level into his 40s. He even had a spell at the helm, taking over as interim player-manager after David Moyes’ ill-fated time in charge.

David Beckham

Arguably one of the most famous footballers of all time, David Beckham remains a legend at United. Known as perhaps the best set-piece specialist of all time, he won the Premier League six times before jetting off to Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and PSG.

There have been so many iconic Beckham moments over the years that it’s impossible to count them. However, ask most United fans; his unbelievable lobbed goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon in 1996 will just about take the top spot.

George Best

An absolute icon and one of the first Hall of Famers, George Best was the undisputed best player in the world during the 60s and 70s. Known for his trickery on the ball and his goal scoring prowess, Best was impossible to ignore off the pitch as well.

Unfortunately, his drinking and partying knocked a few years off his career, but he will still be remembered as one of the best United players ever to wear the shirt.

Written by Thomas Hein

Felix Uduokhai of FC Augsburg and Yannick Gerhardt of VfL Wolfsburg.

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