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500 Great Goals

From solo sensations to incredible team efforts, delicate chips to 40-yard screamers, The 500 Great Goals Collection serves up a feast of the finest strikes in football history. Each volume of this must-have collection features 100 memorable strikes from international greats such as Pelé, Cruyff and Zidane as well as homegrown heroes like Rooney, Beckham and Gazza. Relive the greatest moments from the greatest players in the world’s greatest competitions, and as if that weren’t enough, each volume also features the scorers themselves discussing their favourite goals. For anyone who has ever enjoyed the beautiful game, The 500 Great Goals Collection makes simply unmissable viewing! It also includes legends of the game discussing some of the most memorable goals in history, including Sir Bobby Charlton, Ruud Gullit, Sir Alex Ferguson and Terry Venables.

Beckham, Giggs and Rooney all feature on the cover of these DVDs. Win copies of these five DVDs by posting a YouTube link to your favourite goal scored by a United player in the comments below.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Zibbie says:

    99 thanks man.

  2. Giggs12Gerrard0 says:


    Only just read of your sad loss, really knocked me for six hearing of such a tragedy. My heart goes out to you and your family in this time.

    Stay strong buddy I hope the lads can win 20 to give you a smile.

  3. Albert Ross says:

    FletchTHEMAN – Cheers for that video!

    Anything that fell to Ruud in the 18 yard box was a goal. Maybe he was a one dimensional player, no great speed, not the strongest, poor in the air despite being 6 feet plus, and didn’t cover a lot of ground. But he scored every time he had a chance in the box.

    Another great goal he scored was in 2005 at Charlton. Rooney took on four Charlton players from his own half and then chipped it to Ruud, who took it on his chest, swiveled, and smashed the ball into the top corner. Great assist, great finish, great goal for the purists!

  4. bayoRed says:

    2013/14 Season

    David De gea

    Rafael Smalling/Jones Evans/Vidic Fabio

    AY/AV Carrick/Rooney Hazard/Cleverly Nani

    Welbeck Chicharito/ Keane

  5. theboogeyman says:

    Tommy Taylor has a better record than Ruud in terms of goals-per-game, doesn’t he? I know it’s very close. Sorry for going randomly off-topic, was just thinking about that.

  6. CedarsDevil says:

    Morning all

    Regarding the topic of the thread, for me personally it is impossible to pick a favorite United goal, be it in terms of beauty, quality or importance. Out of the blue I just remembered the free kick by Cantona vs Arsenal, the one where he had his arm in bandage, what a bloody screamer

  7. TheCANTONA says:

    I think Ruud was pretty good in the air. He scored goals by header too, that’s why he & becks was deadly combo back then…

  8. Albert Ross says:


    I’m not sure, you may be right. Of course, when the ball fell to Ruud in the box, Tommy Taylor was nowhere to be seen so it’s lucky that Ruud was able to do the business just about as well as Tommy!

  9. Giggs12Gerrard0 says:

    For me it has always been one of the following of which my choice is all about goal importance not technical ability.

    Keane away Turin header 99

    Giggs 99 arsenal semi 99

    Ole 99 Champs league final

    Paul Scholes 2008 semi home against Barca

    Ronald Porto away 2008

  10. TheCANTONA says:

    Considering his goals tally, ratio per game & age (he was just 26 y.o. by his death),
    i believe Tommy Taylor was deadliest forward United ever had. Shame Munich tragedy robbed him from us :’(

  11. Giggs12Gerrard0 says:


    That was in the fa cup 96 if I remember correctly, Cantona had broken his arm and was in a cast

  12. Albert Ross says:

    TheCANTONA – I can’t claim to have seen stats, but when I think back I remember a hell of a lot of tap-ins from Ruud, not many headers.

  13. CedarsDevil says:


    I guess it was mate, just found it….. Worth another look…. Nice list you came up with by the way

  14. TheCANTONA says:

    @Albert Ross:
    well, i’ve just made quick search on google. Ruud indeed scored nice amount of header’s goals (i.e. against citeh, juve, russia,etc,etc), so IMHO he’s far from poor in the air…

  15. Costas says:

    Not any top class goal, but lets hope our title decider in 2 weeks unfolds in the same manner:

  16. TheCANTONA says:

    @Albert Ross:
    Hell! He even scored his latest goal against Racing Santander with header on 9th April…

  17. Albert Ross says:

    TheCANTONA – I bow to your better judgement.
    At the very least, it was a poor choice of words by me!

    Perhaps it’s true to say that no aspect of Ruud’s play would be considered exceptional.
    I said perhaps!

    It is the results that he got that stand out, not his skills.
    It felt like he was always worth a goal, particularly in Europe.

  18. Costas says:

    Don’t know about his career in general, but from a quick count, Ruud scored about 18-20 headed goals for United.

  19. TheCANTONA says:

    @Albert Ross:
    I believe his goal instinct was/is Ruud’s greatest asset. Do you remember his goal with impossible angle against Germany in Euro 2004? Truly predator.

  20. ranjitd says:

    The Rooney volley against Newcastle

  21. Bhaskar says:

    For sheer importance and significance of a goal, for me its Keane’s goal against Juventus! We were trailing 2-0 at Delle Alpi and without Keane’s terrific performance and that very important goal, I doubt if we even would have made it to final in Barcelona, forget winning it.

  22. Albert Ross says:

    TheCANTONA – Predatorial is the right description, nice!
    What a goal that was v Germany!

    Costas – how many of those were assisted by Beckham, I wonder!
    I’ve scored a bucket-load of headers from inch-perfect Becks early crosses (in my dreams!)

  23. Jeet says:

    Ruud was one of a kind. Only Raoul is comparable in my opinion. Scored all kinds of goals, and there were so many matches where the difference between 3 pts and 1 was Ruud. Loved the guy – my personal favourite is the one where he picked up the ball around the halfline, out in a surging run, nutmegged Ol Sol and rounded the keeper before stabbing it into the net. Vision, but a striker’s vision – clinical and ruthless.

  24. TheCANTONA says:

    Aye. Ruud was pretty good in the air.
    I could be wrong but somehow I believe 1 world class striker that rarely scored header goals was Thierry Henry. His header against Brazil in WC 2006 was the only one i can remember. but boy he was magic, a top pacey skillful striker, great shooting accuracy & a top cunt too..

  25. Costas says:

    @Albert Ross

    A couple, but not too many, lol. I remember one against Blackburn in 03 that was a product from a Beckham cross. Wouldn’t be surprised if Giggs had more assists in that area. They played together longer than Ruud and Beckham did.

    I could be wrong, but I believe the striker that benefited the most from Beckham’s crossing was Yorke. ;)


    Top cunt is an understatement! It’s not Suarez like hatred in his case. We hated him, but we were also afraid of him. Don’t remember many headers either. Just the one you mentioned and the winner he scored against us in 2007. First United-Arsenal game at the Emirates.

  26. Jeet says:

    @Costas and TheCANTONA: That Arsenal team was full of cunts – from goalkeeper to striker. Costas – funny you bring up Suarez. To my mind Suarez’s open handball against Ghana was not as bad as Henry’s forehand drive against Ireland (fucker celebertade pro-actively – he probably thought he had won Wimbledon or something).

  27. TheCANTONA says:

    Hahaha. I know, cunt might not be proper word to describe him, but i just love to call all players from opposition clubs like that :D
    Saurez? Well, he just an over-rated racist bastard..

  28. TheCANTONA says:

    Well, no team nor a player in this earth could beat Liverpool for the ugliest & cuntiest team of the world. :)

  29. CedarsDevil says:

    Ruud was overrated, fluked most of his goals!

  30. Ulster10Red says:

    simply the…….Best!!

  31. Srinivas says:

    The goal, I will never get tired of watching. Giggs against Arsenal, FA Cup semi at Villa Park.

  32. TheCANTONA says:

    u can’t be serious!
    Billy Bremner >>>>>>> Robbo :p

  33. Vaas says:

    Becks vs Wimbledon! Announced his arrival as a top player in awesome fashion.

  34. CedarsDevil says:


    That was below the belt mate, quite nasty actually! ha ha ha

  35. Giggs12Gerrard0 says:

    If you are talking technical ability then this is the winner….Paul Scholes 2006 vs Villa

  36. King Eric says:

    NBI – Ha. Hello pal. I do rate Robben yes but still cannot get that smug look of his out of my swede when he scored that goal at OT two year back. In addition he was all set to join United till he chose the Russian Rent Boys money instead.

  37. TheCANTONA says:

    I know. I just love watching your reactions whenever leeds utd and their associate appeared on here :D

  38. Irishred says:

    Best pass I have ever seen from cantona makes this my favourite ever goal

  39. OHH AHH Cantona says:

    John O’Shea without any doubt

  40. xkubett says:

    Tap ins allowed?? Who put the ball into the germans net ;) ?? Greatest goal I remember!

  41. red puma says:

    no mention of this master piece?????

  42. ericactor says:

    Ronaldo’s free kick against Pompey. David James just smiled when he scored it, it was unstoppable.

  43. zd.utd says:

    Scholesy sends us into the CL finals:


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