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Manchester United's best centre-backs in the Premier League era

Gary Pallister
Gary Pallister
Tejas Parkar
ANALYST
Modified 21 Jun 2019
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Whilst it is accurate that United have always been known for their attacking flair and devastating counter-attacks, the club has also employed some of the best defenders to have played in the Premier League. Let’s have a look at 5 of the best defenders to have played for Manchester United.

#5 Gary Pallister

Englishman Gary Pallister is the most predictable player on this list. Whenever he stepped on the pitch, you knew what you'd get from Pallister - consistency. At 6'4", he was a man mountain in the heart of the United defence and formed a great partnership with Steve Bruce (who also features on this list) and played almost every match partnering him until the 1995-96 season, when Bruce moved to Birmingham City.

Signed in 1989 for a national record fee, which also was the highest fee between British clubs by Sir Alex Ferguson before the Premier League began, he played for United for nine seasons. His stay at United intertwined his two spells at Middlesbrough.

He won the Premier League four times in five seasons from 1992-93 to 1996-97. He also won the FA Cup thrice and the League Cup (now known as the Carabao Cup) in 1992. He also helped United clinch the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1991 and the UEFA Super Cup in 1992. In all, he made 317 appearances for the club scoring 12 goals, most notably scoring twice against Liverpool in a 3-1 win away at Anfield in the 1996-97 season. He retired after three seasons at Middlesbrough in July 2001.

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Published 21 Jun 2019, 19:17 IST
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