The best players of Manchester United

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo exhausted all superlatives during his six years with United, while he matured from an inexperienced, young winger in 2003 into officially the best footballer on the planet in 2009.
On the day he departed for Real Madrid in a deal worth £80m – making him the world’s most expensive player – his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson said, “Cristiano has been a marvellous player for Manchester United. His contribution has been a major factor in the club’s success in that time and his talent, his ability to entertain and his infectious personality have enthralled fans the world over.”

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2. George Best

George Best was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger, spending most of his club career at Manchester United. A highly skillfull dribbler, Best is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He was named European Footballer of the Year in 1968 and came sixth in the FIFA Player of the Century vote. Best received plaudits for his playing style, which combined pace, skill, balance, feints, two-footedness, goalscoring and the ability to get past defenders.
While still a schoolboy, Best was recommended to Manchester United by a local Belfast football scout, who called the youngster a “genius.” Best joined the club at age 15, and he made his first-division debut two years later, in 1963. He was an immediate sensation, scoring acrobatic goals and helping United to a league title in his second season. He led the club to another league championship during the 1966–67 season. In 1968 he was named European Footballer of the Year and helped United become the first English club to win the European Cup. Best scored a total of 178 goals in his 466 career games with United.
Called the “Fifth Beatle,” the handsome Best had long hair that was an anomaly among footballers but was reminiscent of the “mop tops” of England’s preeminent rock and rollers, the Beatles. Like them, Best was a colossal celebrity. His fame transcended the football world—Best was the first of many footballers to become a regular subject of the British tabloids—but it also helped foster a drinking problem that would prove to be his undoing. After a bitter departure from United in 1974, he played for numerous lesser teams in Britain, Spain, Australia, and the United States until 1983. His drinking continued to affect his play, however, and he became as well known for his squandered talent as for his undeniable brilliance. Best underwent a liver transplant in 2002 but ultimately was unable to overcome his alcoholism, and he died from a series of transplant-related infections that his compromised immune system could not combat.

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3. Sir Robert Charlton

Sir Robert Charlton CBE is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and was a member of the England team that won the 1966 FIFA World Cup, the year he also won the Ballon d’Or. He played almost all of his club football at Manchester United, where he became renowned for his attacking instincts, his passing abilities from midfield and his ferocious long-range shot, as well as his fitness and stamina. He was cautioned only twice in his career; once against Argentina in the 1966 World Cup, and once in a league match against Chelsea. His elder brother Jack, who was also in the World Cup-winning team, was a former defender for Leeds United and international manager.

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4. Cantona

Unhappy with Cantona’s behaviour, Marseille loaned him to Bordeaux, Montpellier (where he helped the team win the 1990 French Cup), and Nîmes. After half a season at Nîmes, he was offered a trial by Sheffield Wednesday FC in England. He walked out on the club, however, and in February 1992 signed with Leeds United, where he became an overnight sensation and helped the team to the English First Division (now Premier League) title three months later.
After Leeds was eliminated from the European Cup, Cantona was transferred to Manchester United. In 1993 he was a key factor in Manchester’s first league title in 26 years as he became the first player to win the championship with different teams in successive seasons. He led the club to a second Premier League championship as well as to an FA Cup win the following year. However, Cantona’s on-field success was soon overshadowed by his most controversial act: as he was leaving the pitch after receiving a red card in a January 1995 match against Crystal Palace FC, he was taunted by an opposing fan and retaliated by jumping into the stands and kicking the fan in the chest. As a result, he was banned from the game for eight months and sentenced to two weeks in jail (later reduced to 120 hours of community service). He returned to Manchester for the 1995–96 season and promptly led the team to both league and FA Cup wins in his first year back. After helping Manchester in 1997 to a fourth league championship in a five-year span, he retired from football at age 30. Cantona was much-beloved by the Manchester United faithful, who voted him the club’s Player of the Century in a 2001 poll.
More info: Britannica
5. David Beckham
David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE is an English former professional footballer, the current president & co-owner of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the England national team, for which he held the appearance record for an outfield player until 2016. He is the first English player to win league titles in four countries: England, Spain, the United States and France. He retired in May 2013 after a 20-year career, during which he won 19 major trophies.

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