Manchester United fans have been lucky enough to see many great players over the years, who’d all rank highly amongst the greatest ever players in the World. With Ronaldo approaching George Best’s record for most goals scored by a winger at the club, the topic of who is the greatest of all time has arisen in the media.
George Best is widely regarded as the best player ever in the game, often mentioned alongside the likes of Pele and Maradona. He was a special player and a special man who lit up the game whenever he played. Along with his team mates, Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, he is often considered as the best player to ever don our shirt.
With the Munich Air Disaster anniversary approaching, Duncan Edwards is a player who is receiving a lot of column inches at the moment, whose career was cut unfairly short after losing his life to injuries he sustained that night in Munich. Charlton, who had the privilege of playing with both him and Best, has long sung the praises of Edwards, claiming that he is the only player to make him feel inferior.
Roy Keane and Bryan Robson were great leaders for the club in the 80s and 90s, fearless in their approach to the game and fulfilling their desire to win. They were the engine behind United and lead United to victory and trophies time and again.
Eric Cantona was a unique talent with special ability, whose confidence in his game was there for all to see. It was his influence which helped guide the ‘kids’ of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs to the Double in their first real season at the club. The latter are two players Ferguson has this week named as the best two players he’s had at the club.
This leads us up to the modern day, with Cristiano Ronaldo looking like undoubtedly the best player in the World at the moment, scoring 27 goals in as many games this season.
The Times has today attempted to answer the question of who the greatest player to ever wear our shirt is. “The answer, of course, depends on your criteria. Do you judge greatness primarily on talent? Or does longevity play a significant part? And how much importance do you assign to trophies-won?”
So far, George Best is leading the poll with 29.8%, Cristiano Ronaldo following in second with 21.5% of the vote. Eric Cantona and Bobby Charlton lie in third and fourth place.
So then, who do you think is the greatest ever and why?
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