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Manchester united's best XI of all time

The Red Devils have won more titles than any other club since England's top flight was revamped in 1992. Let's see Manchester United's best XI of all time.

The Red Devils have won more titles than any other club since England's top flight was revamped in 1992. Let's see Manchester United's best XI of all time.

Peter Schmeichel

One of the best Danish players to grace the pitches of the Premier League, Schmeichel moved to Manchester in 1991 and helped the Red Devils to five Premier League titles, three FA Cups, and one Champions League title. He totalled 398 first-team appearances for Manchester United before ending his career with Sporting Lisbon, Aston Villa, and Manchester City. He's earned 129 caps with the Danish National Team and has since seen his son Kasper become one of the top modern-day goalkeepers in the EPL. His acrobatics, commanding personality, presence and clean sheet record led to him becoming a club icon. He became one of the great goalkeepers of the club. key to the success of Sir Alex Ferguson’s early years, Schmeichel left on a high having helped the club land the Treble in 1999.

Denis Irwin

One of the best purchases in Manchester United history, Irwin was a top defender for the Red Devils for 11 seasons. He joined Oldham Athletic in 1900 and held down the starting left-back job for several seasons. A former Republic of Ireland international, Irwin won seven Premier League titles with the Red Devils while amassing over 500 first-team appearances. His best season came in 1993-94' when he totalled 62 appearances in all competitions, which saw Alex Ferguson's team win a domestic double.

Gary Neville

Playing his entire career with Manchester United from 1992-2011, Gary Neville is one of the top all-time right-backs in England's history. A club hero who endeared himself to the Old Trafford faithful for his antics off the ball, namely winding up Liverpool and Manchester City supporters with his over-exuberant celebrations. Neville was a gritty defender who eventually finished his career with 602 appearances for the club. He helped Manchester United win eight Premier League titles.

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Rio Ferdinand

One of England's top defenders of all time, Rio Ferdinand bled red and white for over a decade. Ferdinand joined Leeds United in 2002 and would play a part in 14 trophies at the Theater of Dreams. His 455 combined first-team appearances for 19th all-time in club history as Ferdinand was a leader of the Red Devils' backline for numerous successful seasons.  The now 41-year-old was named to the PFA Premier League Team of the Year six times, including three years in a row in the late 2000s. He also finished with 81 caps for England.

Nemanja Vidic

Ferdinand had already established himself at Old Trafford before Vidic joined him in 2006 but the pair became one of the best centre-back partnerships in Premier League history. The Serbian played 211 times in the league and was recognised for his leadership qualities when he was given the captain’s armband. His passion and fiery behaviour endeared him to United supporters and he established himself as a fan favourite before he left, along with Ferdinand, in 2014.

Paul Scholes

Another prominent face in the Red and White of Manchester United, Paul Scholes arguably is one of the best midfielders of all time. A physical midfielder who came through the ranks at the club's academy, Scholes would total 19 seasons at Manchester United. He was a clinical passer who was gifted technically and ran a lot of the show in Manchester United's midfield, while also covering plenty of ground in defence. Finishing his career with 155 goals in 718 appearances, Scholes lifted 25 trophies during his time in Manchester and also was named to the PFA Team of the Year twice.

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Steve Bruce

Bruce may have only played nine seasons with the Red Devils, but he played a major part in the team's continued success in the 1990s.  After impressive spells with Gillingham and Norwich City, Bruce made the move to Manchester United in 1987 and would total over 400 appearances at the club scoring 51 goals. A physical centre-back who didn't stand down to anyone, Bruce won 11 trophies with the club and has since gone on to be a successful manager in England.

Roy Keane

The hard-nosed Irish midfielder served as the lynchpin of Manchester United’s midfield during its most successful period, wearing the armband during the club’s treble-winning season. His ability to control play in the middle of the field helped Manchester United dominate the Premier League for more than a decade. Manchester United won seven Premier League titles and four FA Cup titles during Keane’s 12 years at Old Trafford, along with the 1999 Champions League. Keane finished his career at Manchester United in 2005, having played 480 matches for the Red Devils.


The Welsh international holds the club's all-time appearance record with 963, 205 more than Sir Bobby Charlton in second place. Giggs scored 168 goals for the club, featuring mostly on the left side of midfield or at the left wing. His creativity with the ball was second-to-none while he always looked to set up his teammates. Giggs also made 64 appearances for Wales in his career, scoring 12 goals. A former interim manager at Manchester United, Giggs is now the manager of the Wales National Team looking to teach from his 13 Premier League title successes.


One of the best goal scorers the Premier League has ever seen, Wayne Rooney will go down as one of the best Manchester United players. Moving from Everton in 1994, Rooney would play 13 years at Manchester United, scoring 253 goals in all competitions, the most by any player of all time. The main cog in Ferguson's attack, Rooney would win 15 trophies at Old Trafford, including five Premier League titles and one Champions League crown. Rooney's international career came to an end in 2018 after scoring a record 53 goals in 120 appearances for England.


A prominent player for Manchester United for 17 seasons, Charlton helped play a vital role in the club's successes in the 1950s and 1960s. Charlton is second in the club's history with 249 goals and lifted three First Division titles and one European Cup. He also helped England to a World Cup success in 1966 and is regarded as one of the best players of all time in Football. Charlton still attends Manchester United matches at the age of 82 and will forever be an idol in the club and country's history.

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