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Manchester United's Eleven Best Strikers of All Time, Rooney Ranked 7th


Rashford, Lingerd and maybe even Anthony Martial could be on the list of Manchester United's best strikers of all time in the future. But for now they're not, as they have many games and goalto go before they can be considered for inclusion into the annals of United's illustrious history.

For a club with a simple principle to score more goals than the opposition, which has brought so much success down the years, the Red Devils naturally have had many great strikers represent the team.

Here are the top 20 of them.


11. David Herd

Samir Nasri could've taken note last summer from David Herd. Herd was hugely successful at Arsenal , scoring 97 league goals in 166 games, but left the club due to their lack of trophies. Sir Matt Busby snapped him up for Manchester United in 1961 for £40,000 and he went on to become a legend, scoring priceless goals in the league for United, as well as two goals to win the 1963 FA Cup Final against Leicester City.

Goals scored: 145


10. Stan Pearson

Stan Pearson signed as a professional for Manchester United in 1937, went off to fight in World War II and came back to score a flurry of goals to take the Red Devils to the 1948 FA Cup title and 1952 First Division title. He formed a strike partnership with another United legend that totally eclipses the one formed by Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.

Goals scored: 148


9. Mark Hughes

It says a lot about the talent of Mark Hughes that after scoring 17 league goals in one season for Manchester United, he was sold to FC Barcelona and loaned out to Bayern Munich, before returning to United to score over 20 goals in his first season back.

And the fact that after leaving United for Chelsea he never scored in double figures again showed just how well he played for the Old Trafford outfit.

Goals scored: 163


8. Joe Spence

Joe Spence was the star of Manchester United between WWI and WWII. How he never won a major trophy in his career is astonishing. Throughout his 14-year spell at the club between 1919 and 1933, historians say he was locally known as "Mr. Soccer" and the catchphrase "Give it to Joe!" was the most-sung terrace chant at Old Trafford during his career.

Goals scored: 168


7. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney was signed as an 18-year-old from Premier League rivals Everton for £25.6 million. He scored a hat trick on his debut against Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League group stage at Old Trafford. It was always clear this kid was going to be a special talent. Now, he's the talisman of Manchester United.

Goals scored: 168


6. Dennis Viollet

Dennis Viollet holds the record for the most league goals scored in a single season by a Manchester United player—32 goals he netted in the 1959-60 campaign. He played at United for 13 years, becoming a hugely prolific striker averaging two goals every three games. How he only won two caps for England is a mystery.

Goals scored: 179


5. Jack Rowley

If Jack Rowley had been around today, his price tag would've been at least £30 million, not the £3,000 shelled out for him in 1937. After emerging as a talent on the south coast with Bournemouth, scoring 10 goals in 11 games, 17-year-old Rowley signed for Manchester United and never looked back, scoring double figures (including five 20-plus goal campaigns) in nine of his 12 seasons at the club.

Goals scored: 211


4. Denis Law

Denis Law is always one of the first names that spring to mind when thinking of Manchester United legends. He was a successful player for Manchester City and Torino (with Inter Milan and Juventus also wanting him), but it was at United where he really shined, scoring vital goals which helped the team win the league, FA Cup and European Cup. He also scored 30 goals in 55 caps for Scotland.

Goals scored: 237


3. Eric Cantona

The flair, panache, immense skill, amazing trickery, sensational finishing and pure arrogance are what made Eric Cantona a phenomenal player. He wasn't the most prolific United player, but it wasn't just his goals that helped United. He was United's best forward in every aspect of his game. Every lineup with Cantona in it played better.

Goals scored: 82


2. Sir Bobby Charlton

Sir Bobby Charlton is Mr. Manchester United. He's United's all-time highest goalscorer and second-highest appearance- maker behind Ryan Giggs. A World Cup winner with England in 1966, Charlton created almost as many goals as he scored and was the key for United as they won three First Division titles, an FA Cup and a European Cup trophy throughout his career at the club. 

Goals scored: 249


1. Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Underrated at Manchester United given he left for Real Madrid in acrimonious circumstances, Ruud Van Nistelrooy is the club's best ever striker. He's the most prolific, with a goals-to-games ratio of 0.69 goals per match. He holds the record for the most consecutive goals scored in the Premier League by scoring in eight consecutive matches. He's also United's all-time highest goalscorer in Europe. No Manchester United player has ever been as prolific as Van Nistelrooy. 

Goals scored: 150


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