Cristiano Ronaldo stars in Man Utd's best PL player for every squad number (#15 to #1)

  • Kobe Tong

15. Nemanja Vidic

Pound-for-pound one of the Premier League's finest ever centre-backs, Vidic's quality was underpinned by the fact he's the only defender to ever win the competition's Player of the Year award twice.

That, and United's drab roster of number 15-wearing players including Luke Chadwick, Andreas Pereira, Karel Poborsky and Adnan Januzaj makes this an absolute no-brainer.

14. Javier Hernandez

Yeh, there's not too much quality when it comes to number 14 and cult hero Hernandez, who scored a decent 59 goals for the club, gets the nod over Tim Howard, Jesse Lingard and Brian McClair.

13. Ji-sung Park

In a category that's swamped with back-up goalkeepers like Lee Grant, Anders Lindegaard, Roy Carroll and Mark Bosnich, there's no questioning that Park is worthy of his place on the list.

As well as being a fans' favourite for his indefatigable playing style, the South Korean was also far more technically-gifted than he was ever given credit for and it's no wonder that Fergie loved him.


12. Bryan Robson

Was Robson past his best when the Premier League era began? Yes. Was Robson famous for wearing the number 12 jersey? Not really.

That being said... we couldn't face leaving out one of United's all-time greats, especially not for Chris Smalling or David Bellion, so the fact he didn't wear No. 7 post-1992 means we're going to use a loophole just for him.

11. Ryan Giggs

A complete and utter gimme. The record appearance maker and assist provider in Premier League history with a staggering 13 winners' medals strolls effortfully on to this list as a United icon.


10. Wayne Rooney

It pains us to say that this selection means Ruud van Nistelrooy won't be anywhere on our list, but trying to argue that anybody should take this place other than Rooney is like debating with someone that grass isn't green.

Nobody has produced more goal contributions in Premier League history, not to mention the fact he's United and England's all-time record scorer - what more do we need to say?

9. Andy Cole

Underrate Cole at your peril. It's criminal that the Premier League's third-highest scorer on 187 goals, 93 of which coming for United, isn't mentioned more as one of the club's modern greats.

It's a no-brainer in our minds that the Champions League winner earns the nod for the number 9 slot over Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Dimitar Berbatov, Anthony Martial and Louis Saha.


8. Paul Ince

An iconic number for many clubs but, to tell you the truth, it's slim pickings as far as United are concerned and midfield commander Ince pips Juan Mata and Nicky Butt to the post in our eyes.

It feels as though his 1997 move to Liverpool hurts his reputation as one of the early gems in Ferguson's championship-winning sides, playing 281 times and scoring 28 goals.

7. Cristiano Ronaldo

This is the big one. That's right, we're binning off Beckham and Eric Cantona for one of the greatest footballers in history and the only player to win the Ballon d'Or for United in the Premier League era.

We toed and froed with picking Cantona because United might never have dominated English football without the Frenchman, but ask yourself this: if you could only choose one of them for your team - who would it be? Thought so.


6. Jaap Stam

Gary Pallister can count himself as unlucky here after all his invaluable contributions to United sides of the 1990s, but we couldn't look you in the eye and say he was a better defender than Stam with a straight face.

Although the Dutchman only lasted three seasons at United and departed unceremoniously, there's no denying that he was a colossus at the back and even won the treble in his debut year to prove it.

5. Rio Ferdinand

What do Marcos Rojo, Harry Maguire, Laurent Blanc, Ronny Johnsen and Lee Sharpe all have in common? They're United players who wore the number 5 shirt worse than Ferdinand.


4. Steve Bruce

Say what you like about his career in management, but Bruce's legacy at Old Trafford is undeniable and it was his brace against Sheffield Wednesday that secured the club's first Premier League crown.

His astonishing goal-scoring record, which included a 19-goal(!!!) season in 1990/91, made him the Sergio Ramos of his era and by far the best number 4 that United have had in the last 28 years.

3. Denis Irwin

For our money, Irwin could be the most underrated player in Premier League history, winning 18 major honours and scoring 33 goals from full-back across 529 games for the Red Devils.

That being said, Patrice Evra can count himself as desperately unlucky to miss out on this because the Frenchman was arguably the world's best left-back during his pomp under Ferguson.


2. Gary Neville

The greatest right-back to ever set foot in the Premier League and country miles better than his fellow number 2-wearers in Victor Lindelof, Rafael and Paul Parker at the very least. Nuff said.

1. Peter Schmeichel

To be perfectly honest, you could argue that David de Gea was on course for this spot after winning four Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year awards in five seasons, but his form since 2018 has been nothing short of dire.

And that's not the sort of accusation you can make against Schmeichel who is another Premier League GOAT in his respective position and the number one number one in United history.


It's not often that you see Schmeichel, Ronaldo and Keane in the same list as Fellaini, Greenwood and Wan-Bissaka, that's for sure.

But there's no denying that you could make some seriously intimidating squads from these players... it's almost as if they all played for the biggest club in world football. Funny, that.

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