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Best Manchester United Strikers Of All Time (Attackers & Forwards)

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There have been many great former Manchester United strikers with the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Wayne Rooney, Andy Cole and Mark Hughes. So who are the best Manchester United attackers?  So here we will look at the best Manchester United strikers of all time.

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Manchester United have failed to replace Wayne Rooney since he left the club to join his boyhood club Everton. the 33 year old spent a mammoth 13 year at the club and was one of the frontline players in these years.

The arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic sparked excitement amongst the United supporter but the Swedish legend was at the twilight of his career when he arrived in England. He did make his presence felt with a whole lot of goals but an injury scare forced him to make a move to LA Galaxy later.

But who were the best Manchester United strikers before them?

Best Manchester United strikers of all time

1. Wayne Rooney: 253 goals for Manchester UnitedWayne Rooney

You simply cannot ignore Wayne Rooney’s achievements if you are talking about Manchester United. During his 13 year stay at the Old Trafford, the former England international had many moments to cherish for including the Champions League final victory over Chelsea in 2007.

Rooney arrived in Manchester back in 2004 as a kid and went on to establish his authority pretty soon. he emerged as one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s favourite players and won five Premier League titles with the Red Devils.

Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record and became United’s all-time highest goal scorer. Players will come and go but no players would be able to match Rooney’s feat.

Wayne Rooney’s goalscoring stats by season at Manchester United

Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth Ttl goals
2004/ 05 11 3 0 3 0 17
2005 / 06 16 0 2 5 0 23
2006 / 07 14 5 0 4 0 23
2007 / 08 12 2 0 4 0 18
2008 / 09 12 1 0 4 0 17
2009 / 10 26 0 2 5 1 34
2010/  11 11 1 0 4 0 16
2011 / 12 27 2 0 3 0 32
2012 / 13 12 3 1 1 0 17
2013 / 14 17 3 0 2 0 22
2014 / 15 12 2 0 0 0 14
2015 / 16 8 2 1 4 0 15
2016 / 17 5 1 0 2 0 8
Total 183 25 6 41 1 256

2. Eric Cantona: 91 goals for Manchester UnitedEric Cantona

Eric Cantona was the most stylish players ever to have graced the Old Trafford. The French man arrived in 1992 from archrivals Leeds United for a mere £1.2m and later proved to be a shrewd buy for United.

In his short stay, he led United to four Premier League titles and two FA Cup glories. The forward was a different character altogether and had the aura to match the legacy of this great club.

Loved by the United supporters Cantona decided to hang his boots when he was just 30. The retirement shook the entire world but he will be remembered as one of the most talented forwards ever to don the United shirt.

Eric Cantona’s goal scoring stats by season at Manchester United

Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth Ttl goals
1992 / 93 22 0 0 0 0 22
1993 / 94 18 2 0 2 0 22
1994 / 95 12 0 0 0 1 13
1995 / 96 14 4 0 0 0 18
1996 / 97 11 1 0 3 1 16
Total 77 7 0 5 2 91

3. Andy Cole: 121 goals for Manchester United

Five Premier League medals and one Champions League medals do speak for his talents. signed from Newcastle United in 1995 Andy Cole went on to become one of the most prolific goal scorers of Manchester United.

His partnership with Dwight Yorke was the highlight of the 1998-99 season as United went on to win the famous treble. Cole also helped the Red Devils in securing a double in 1995-96 campaign.

Andy Cole’s goal scoring stats by season at Manchester United

Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth Ttl gls
1994 / 95 12 0 0 0 0 12
1995 / 96 11 1 0 1 2 15
1996 / 97 7 0 0 1 0 8
1997 / 98 16 5 0 5 0 26
1998 / 99 17 2 0 5 0 24
1999 / 00 18 0 0 3 0 21
2000 / 01 9 0 0 0 4 13
2001 / 02 4 0 0 1 0 5
Total 94 8 0 16 6 124

4. Ruud van Nistelrooy: 150 goals for Manchester United

Ruud van Nistelrooy

The Dutch forward might not have won a lot of trophies but he would definitely be the most decorated player ever to have worn the United jersey.

He arrived in 2001 and was pretty quick to acclimatise to the English conditions. He used to be a goal poacher and had scored all kinds of goals from tap-ins to penalties to long rangers.

Despite his huge talent the forward managed to win just one Premier League title during his five-year stay. Most of his goals came at crucial periods providing breakthroughs for the Red Devils.

Rud van Nistelrooy’s goal scoring stats by season at Manchester United

Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth Ttl
2001 / 02 23 2 0 10 0 35
2002 / 03 25 4 1 14 0 44
2003 / 04 20 6 0 4 0 30
2004 / 05 6 2 0 8 0 16
2005 / 06 21 0 1 1 0 23
Total 95 14 2 37 0 148

5. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 127 goals for Manchester UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaer

The current Manchester United manager was the super sub for Manchester United. He arrived amidst less fanfare but went on to be one of the most loved players at the club.

He was known as the Super sub as Ferguson often unleashed him whenever the team needed him and the Norwegian had delivered in every occasion.

His winner in the Champions League final back in 1999 was probably the most historic goals ever in the United history. United were trailing by one goal for the most of the match and two goals from Teddy Sheringham and Solskjaer sealed a famous treble for the Red Devils.

No clubs have ever been managed to repeat this feat as of now.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s goal scoring stats by season at Manchester United

Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth Ttl
1996 / 97 18 0 0 1 0 19
1997 / 98 6 2 0 1 0 9
1998 / 99 12 1 2 2 0 6
1999 / 00 12 0 0 3 0 15
2000 / 01 11 2 1 0 0 14
2001 / 02 17 1 0 8 0 26
2002 / 03 9 1 1 4 0 15
2003 / 04 0 0 0 1 0 1
2005 / 06 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 / 07 7 2 1 1 0 11
Total 105 19 10 16 0 150

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