Old Trafford has been home to many legendary strikers in recent times and Sir Alex Ferguson has never been short of options for his front-line.

Here we take a look at some of the best strikers for Manchester United since the formation of the Premier League. 

Eric Cantona

He definitely is a legend at the theatre of dreams and came in to the side when Manchester United were in need for a striker. He graced the club with some of the best goals in football.

The Frenchman scored 82 goals in 185 appearaances for the club and played a key role in the teams success during his 5 year stay as they won 4 league titles and 2 FA cups. He is rightly known as 'King Eric' by most fans and is considered one of the best players ever to play for the Red Devils.

Andy Cole

An unarguable inclusion and one of the best strikers of his generation Andy Cole spent 6 years at Old Trafford and won numerous trophies. He scored 121 goals in 275 appearances and was a key part of Manchester United's league, FA Cup and Champions league treble in the 1998/99 season.

His partnership with Dwight Yorke was one of the greatest Old Trafford has ever seen. 

Ole Gunnar Solsjaer 

The Norwegian striker is a certain choice in the list. He spent over a decade at Old Trafford although a large chunk of his time was injury-plagued. Arriving in 1996 Solskjaer played a total of 366 matches for his club finding the net 126 times.

Although not given as much credit as he deserved he was a fierce striker with a good eye for goal. He left Old Trafford in 2008 and now works as a manager in the Norwegian league Molde FK. His greatest moment came in the European Cup final of 1999 when he scored a stoppage time winner against German giants Bayern Munich to help complete an incredible treble. 

Ruud van Nistelrooy 

It's impossible to make a list of the best strikers and exclude this man. During his days he was one of the best strikers in the world. Van Nistelrooy joined Manchester United from PSV in 2001 for a hefty £19 million. During his stay at Old Trafford he scored 150 goals in just 219 appearances and helped his team to many titles.

He was another player whose career was disturbed by injuries. He left Manchester United in 2006 when he was bought by Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Wayne Rooney

One of the most feared striker in the Premier league, Wayne Rooney just cannot be left out of this list. Rooney joined Manchester United in 2004 from Everton and made an immediate impact. He has scored and created many goals for the Red Devils and is one of the rare strikers who can also be used in the midfield.

At this time he is definitely Manchester United's most important player, and a legend in the making.


Notable exclusions: Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham.

Cristiano Ronaldo is not included since he played most of his matches as a winger. 


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