With the Premier League announcing a Hall of Fame, we at Taste Of Football have decided to look at Manchester United. The most successful club in Premier League history, there’s only so many that can make the cut. But to give us a challenge, we have decided to choose just five players. We are sure they’ll be more, but who doesn’t love a debate?
So I guess the question can be boiled down to: Who are the top five Manchester United players of the Premier League era? Simple, right? It’s been confirmed that there will not be managers, so no Sir Alex.
A tenacious and divisive character, there is no doubt that Roy Keane has to be in there. An undoubted winner, he was at the top of his game during his time at United. Twelve years at Manchester United, he won the Premier League seven times, featuring in the PFA Team of the Year five times. Hot-headed, his rivalry with Patrick Vieira was a joy to watch and, despite seven red cards, Keane was instrumental defensively in Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.
Though I may have slated him in previous articles, Paul Scholes is still a Manchester United great. Vital in making the team tick, Scholes was able to pick out just about anyone on the pitch. He was a key figure, humble in his words but loud with his feet. Another certainty in the list.
A £7m transfer to Manchester United from Spartak Moscow in 2006, Vidić featured 211 times for the Red Devils. With an astonishing 75% tackle success and almost a clean sheet every two games, the Serbian wall was regularly impassible. I am realising that it is going to get tougher and tougher as I go down. Oh boy…
A ball chipped. A hooligan kicked. Monsieur Cantona is an interesting choice (at least I think so). Capable of producing something from nothing and with that turn up collar, he was magic on his day. 70 goals and 56 assists in 156 games is not a bad return either. He was the catalyst of Fergie’s revolutionary 4-2-3-1 formation and a top, top player. It’s why he’s on my list.
For me, it was between him and Rio. David Beckham OBE began his career in the same year that the Premier League was founded. Appearing 262 times, his wicked right foot and delightful crosses gained him 62 goals and 80 assists. A divine player with even better hair, he caps off my list.
There are so many greats at Manchester United, so it’s almost impossible to pick a top five to enter the Hall of Fame, but I tried my best. Let us know who you would change in the comments!
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