Thursday 23 November 2017

James Lawton's Top 10 United Players

File photo dated 30/07/1968 of Manchester United's George Best. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 13, 2013.
File photo dated 30/07/1968 of Manchester United's George Best. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 13, 2013.

1 George Best

The ultimate talent: sublime, destructive and for a few breathtaking years utterly beyond restraint. It was maybe inevitable that a flame so fierce should burn so quickly.

2 Bobby Charlton

A great player and a scorer of great goals, which is not always the same thing. A beautiful talent and a playing character of flawless virtue. He played, appropriately enough, his last game for United in Verona -- Shakespeare's city of gentleman.

3 Cristiano Ronaldo

Best delivered an unforgettable tribute to Ronaldo just after he made his arrived at Old Trafford in 2003. "Many young players have been compared to me," said Best, "but when Ronaldo's name is mentioned it is the first time I feel honoured."

4 Duncan Edwards

He died before football knew how far he might go, but already he was a giant never to be forgotten by anyone who saw him.

5 Roy Keane

His greatest performance came when he carried United on his shoulders to the 1999 Champions League final. He crushed Juventus on their own soil. He made history and set new competitive standards.

6 Denis Law

When the Brazilians were in their pomp, they chose Law as the foreign player they would most like to naturalise.

7 Bryan Robson

It is astounding to consider what he might have achieved had he not been so bedevilled by injury.

8 Peter Schmeichel

He was voted the world's best goalkeeper in 1992, an award that was as inevitable as his enduring place in the history of United.

9 Paul Scholes

Charlton adored him, and what was not to love about the least pretentious and best attacking midfielder of his English era? Only his scary and often inept tackling.

10 Wayne Rooney

His huge natural talent, revived commitment and pursuit of Charlton's goals record has sent back the jury for still another debate.

Irish Independent

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