10 Greatest Manchester United players of All Time
The honourable gentlefolk of Oxford Dictionary defines the word 'great' as "of ability, quality, or eminence considerably above average".
Considerably above average... At Manchester United, there have been quite a few players who fit into the definition above, so picking just 10 players to fit into a Greatest of All Time list is never going to be an easy task; but here's our list from the 209 players who have had the fortune of pulling on a Manchester United jersey more than 100 times.
The list is not based exclusively on appearances, or goals scored, or any one single tangible characteristic but a combination of the tangible and the intangible... the greatest weightage going for the impact they've had on the history, and present, of the grand ol' club.
Editor's Note - A lot of you out there, may have strong objections - either to the ranking or the names excluded - Do feel free to list out your names in the comments
- Paul Scholes
The bedrock of Manchester United's most successful era, as the inimitable Aditya Rangarajan put it, Paul Scholes went from a youth team player at Uni to become arguably the best English midfielder of his generation - scoring 155 goals in 718 appearances for United along the way.
- William Anthony "Bill" Foulkes
Only three people have played more games for United than the great Bill Foulkes did in his 19 years as a senior-team player - one of the first members of the Busby Babes that wowed England in the 50's, he survived the tragedy of Munich and went to win two more First Division titles (he already had two), 1 FA Cup and a European Cup.
He, along with Harry Gregg, was responsible for pulling a number of his teammates out of the wreckage during that fatal February day in 1958.
- Peter Schmeichel
The Great Dane is the greatest goalkeeper to have represent United, and that's no exaggeration. 398 appearances in 8 years is a record that speaks for itself; what is not self-evident from the stats is just how many of the 5 League titles, 3 FA Cups (and that Champions League triumph) that United won in his time there are because the Dane simply refused to let anything in at his end.
- Roger Bryne
Captain of the Busby Babes from 1955-58, Bryne was never considered the most gifted of footballers, but his incredible work ethic and footballing intelligence spoke to the very heart of the ethos of Manchester United Football Club. For an entire generation, Bryne (a three-time league winner) will always be the captain of the club.