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Manchester United best 11 of all time

Manchester United all time XI? Best Manchester United best 11 of all time? Best Manchester United XI of all time? Here we look through the archives and select for you the best Manchester United XI of all time.

While a vast majority of the best players would have been from the Abramovich era (due to more money) we will also select some of the best Manchester United players from before Abramovich.

Best Manchester United XI of all time

Best Manchester United XI of all time: Formation: 4-4-2

Best Manchester United 11 of all time:

Goalkeeper

Edwin Van der SarBest Manchester United XI of all time Edwin van der Sar

Over the years Manchester United have had some terrific shot stoppers guarding the goal for them but Edwin Van der Sar holds a special place among the United legends.

The Dutch goalkeeper had an envious record during his stay at the club and guided the club to four Premier League titles and one Champions League. He also had the record of not conceding a goal for 1311 minutes in the Premier League in 2008.

Best Manchester United 11 of all time: Centre-backs

Rio Ferdinand

The English defender was one of the best ever to have graced the Old Trafford pitch. Alex Ferguson spent a whopping £29m to bring the player from Leeds United and Rio Ferdinand went on to stamp his authority at the club with utter ease.

The defender was known for his commanding presence in and outside the box and despite interests from other top European clubs, he proved his loyalty by remaining at the club for a long time.

Nemanja VidicBest Manchester United XI of all time Nemanja Vidic

The Serbian defender was known for his no nonsense defending and his aggressive nature blended perfectly with partner in crime Rio Ferdinand.

Together the pair has done wonders for United and Vidic also was handed the armband following the retirement of Gary Neville.

Best Manchester United 11 of all time: Left-Back

Denis IrwinBest Manchester United XI of all time Denis Irwin

Both Patrice Evra and Denis Irwin are two of the greatest left backs to have donned the Manchester United jersey but Irwin has the edge for his goal scoring abilities and consistency.

No other defenders probably have scored more goals than Irwin’s 33. The left back was a pivotal part of the side that won the inaugural Premier league back in 1992-93. He also was consistent on the left side during the record-breaking treble campaign in 1998/99.

Best Manchester United 11 of all time: Right-back

Gary NevilleBest Manchester United XI of all time Gary Neville

Gary Neville might not be the most talented right back but his hard work and composure made him the most sought after defender in his time. The Former English international was an avid crosser of the ball and loved to take on defenders with his pace and skill.

For a more comprehensive list of the best ever Manchester United defenders click here.

Best Manchester United 11 of all time: Central Midfield

Roy KeaneBest Manchester United XI of all time Roy Keane

Roy Keane was a beast who would sacrifice all in the middle of the pitch for the sake of the team. He became the club captain just after four years and led the club to four Premier League titles. His performance in the treble winning season was

 Paul ScholesBest Manchester United XI of all time Paul Scholes

Unarguably the most decorated midfielder ever to have played in the Manchester United midfield. The pocket size dynamite pulled all the plug in the heart of the midfield and could take any role if needed.

His knack of scoring goals made him a must in Alex Ferguson’s tea and he came out of retirement in 2012 to guide the club to their 20th Premier League title.

Best Manchester United 11 of all time: Left-wing

Cristiano RonaldoBest Manchester United XI of all time Cristiano Ronaldo

When Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Manchester United nobody would have thought he would go on to achieve so much in such a short span at the club.

it took very little time for the Portuguese to prove his worth on the English soil. Donning the famous no 7 shirt the 34 year old did justice by scoring goals after goals.

He was the first to net 30 goals in single Premier League season for the Red Devils. He missed his spot kick in the  famous Champions League win over Chelsea in Moscow but that would not lessen his

Best Manchester United 11 of all time: Right-wing

George BestBest Manchester United XI of all time George Best

George Best is a relatively unknown name to Manchester United supporters. The famous number seven has all the trickery under his sleeves and could dodge two or three defenders with ease.

His off field controversies never marred him for his on field excellence. The winger netted the most important winner against Benfica in the final in United’s European Cup triumph.

Maradona Good; Pele Better; George Best

Best Manchester United 11 of all time: Striker

Wayne RooneyBest Manchester United XI of all time Wayne Rooney

Arrived as a teenager Wayne Rooney became all time top goal scorer for Manchester United. From headers to volleys to penalties the former United forward has coed all time of goals.

His hunger for goals matched up brilliantly with his sheer technical brilliance and it turned out to be the main source of goals for Red Devils for a number of seasons. Having won possible everything during his long 13 years stint at the club he would go down as one of the greatest in club’s history

We also have a more comprehensive list of the greatest ever Manchester United strikers here.

Just as a small comparison here, we are also putting the worst Manchester United eleven,

Eric CantonaBest Manchester United XI of all time Eric Cantona

He might not have the goal scoring record like other conventional strikers but leadership quality on the pitch made him a household name. Eric Cantona went on to stay just five years at Manchester United but in this short span of time, he etched his name forever in the club history.

He helped the club in ending their long trophy draught just after his arrival in 1992 as the club and maintained his domination till he got retired.

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