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Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

It is impossible for anyone to be a football fan and not know Manchester United! In the following, we want to introduce the best Manchester United defenders of all time!
Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

Throughout the last century, history has repeatedly proven that football is the most popular and widespread sport in the world; In many critical football games, fans of different teams shed tears when their favorite team wins or loses and stand in long queues for hours to attend stadiums.

The presence of big and strong teams has doubled the appeal and popularity of football. Major football clubs around the world include Manchester United in England, Real Madrid in Spain, Juventus in Italy, Bayern Munich in Germany, Paris Saint-Germain in France and Porto Portugal.

Each of these great clubs has hosted the great stars of the football world. In this case, Manchester United is one of the most famous, strongest and most popular clubs in the world!

In this article, we will introduce best defenders in the Manchester United club's history!

Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

In the following, we have a brief overview of the history and honors of Manchester United and then a list of the best ever Manchester United defenders.

Brief History and Honors of Manchester United Club

Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

Manchester United is one of the oldest, most prestigious and most popular clubs in the world.

Brief History of Manchester United Club

Manchester United Football Club is one of the professional football clubs in the English Premier League. The club was founded in 1878 as the Newton Heath Football Club and played its first official game against the Bolton Wanderers on November 20, 1880.

On April 24, 1902, a club called Manchester United was officially formed, and the club's first honor was to win the runner-up title in the Second Division in 1906 and advance to the First Division. Manchester United won the first division in 1908 for the first time, which is Manchester United's first league title.

The Red Devils home stadium is Old Trafford, a 5-star stadium. In Europe, with the exception of this stadium, only the Stade de France in Paris has such an address.

Manchester United was the highest paid football club in the world in 2016-17 with an annual revenue of € 676.3 million, and in 2019 it was the third most valuable football club in the world with a value of £ 3.15 billion ($ 3.81 billion). In addition, since 2015, Manchester United is the most valuable football brand in the world, valued at $ 1.2 billion.

Honor List of Manchester United Club

Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

It is difficult to summarize the list of honors of an old, proud and popular club like Manchester United. This club has won numerous regional, national and international honors throughout its history; the following is a brief list of which we will share with you.

League

  • First Division/Premier League
    • Winners (20; record) in 1907–08, 1910–11, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11 and 2012–13
  • Second Division
    • Winners (2) in 1935–36 and 1974–75

Cups

  • FA Cup
    • Winners (12) in 1908–09, 1947–48, 1962–63, 1976–77, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04 and 2015–16
  • Football League Cup/EFL Cup
    • Winners (5) in 1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10 and 2016–17
  • FA Charity Shield/FA Community Shield
    • Winners (21; record) in 1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1977, 1983, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016

European

  • European Cup/UEFA Champions League
    • Winners (3) in 1967–68, 1998–99 and 2007–08
  • European Cup Winners' Cup
    • Winners (1) in 1990–91
  • UEFA Europa League
    • Winners (1) in 2016–17
  • European Super Cup
    • Winners (1) in 1991

Worldwide

  • Intercontinental Cup
    • Winners (1; British record) in 1999
  • FIFA Club World Cup
    • Winners (1; British joint record) in 2008

Doubles and Trebles

  • Doubles
    • League and FA Cup (3) in 1993–94, 1995–96 and 1998–99
    • League and UEFA Champions League (2) in 1998–99 and 2007–08
    • League and EFL Cup (1) in 2008–09
    • EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League (1) in 2016–17
  • Trebles
    • League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League (1) in 1998–99

In the next section, we will share a list of all-time best defenders at Manchester United in our opinion with you.

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All-time Best Manchester United Defenders

Manchester United is a very old and proud club that has historically been the home of many superstars in the world of football. This makes it very difficult to choose the best Manchester defenders among these great players. In the following, we present a list of best Manchester United defenders ever in our opinion! 

#1 of the best Manchester United defenders of all time: Roger Byrne

Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Roger William Byrne
  • Date of birth: 8 September 1929
  • Place of birth: Gorton, Manchester, Lancashire, England
  • Date of death: 6 February 1958 (aged 28)
  • Place of death: Munich, West Germany
  • Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Playing position(s): Full-back

Youth career

  • Ryder Brow Boys Club
  • 1949–1951: Manchester United

Senior career

  • 1951–1958: Team: Manchester United, Appearances: 245, Goals: 17

National team

  • 1954–1957: Team:  England, Appearances: 33, Goals: 0

Top player of the list of greatest defenders in Manchester United history in our Opinion is Roger William Byrne, an English footballer and captain of Manchester United. He was one of eight Manchester United players to die in the February 6, 1958 Munich air disaster.

During his short career, he played 33 games for the England national team. According to many experts, this talented player is the best defender in the history of Manchester United with his dazzling games.

His honor list is as follows:

Manchester United

  • Football League First Division (3) in 1951–52, 1955–56 and 1956–57
  • FA Charity Shield (3) in 1952, 1956 and 1957

#2 of the best Manchester United defenders of all time: Rio Ferdinand

Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Rio Gavin Ferdinand
  • Date of birth: 7 November 1978 (age 41)
  • Place of birth: Camberwell, England
  • Height: 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
  • Playing position(s): Centre-back

Youth career

  • 1992–1995: West Ham United

Senior career

  • 1995–2000: Team: West Ham United, Appearances: 127, Goals: 2
  • 1996–1997: Team: → Bournemouth (loan), Appearances: 10, Goals: 0
  • 2000–2002: Team: Leeds United, Appearances: 54, Goals: 2
  • 2002–2014: Team: Manchester United, Appearances: 312, Goals: 7
  • 2014–2015: Team: Queens Park Rangers, Appearances: 11, Goals: 0

National team

  • 1996–1997: Team: England U18, Appearances: 7, Goals: 0
  • 1997–2000: Team: England U21, Appearances: 5, Goals: 0
  • 1997–2011: Team: England, Appearances: 81, Goals: 3

The next player of the list of all-time greatest defenders at Manchester United in our Opinion is Rio Gavin Ferdinand, a former English professional footballer who played as a central defender. He is now a TV expert for BT Sport.

He joined Manchester United in July 2002 on an around £30 million deal, breaking the transfer fee record at the time and playing for the club until 2014. On May 30, 2015, Ferdinand announced his retirement from professional football.

His honor list is as follows:

West Ham United

  • UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1999

Manchester United

  • Premier League in 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11 and 2012–13
  • Football League Cup in 2005–06 and 2008–09
  • FA Community Shield in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2011
  • UEFA Champions League in 2008
  • FIFA Club World Cup in 2008

Individual

  • West Ham United Hammer of the Year in 1997–98
  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year in 2001–02, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2012–13
  • Premier League Player of the Month: October 2001
  • ESM Team of the Year in 2008
  • FIFPro World XI in 2008
  • London Youth Games Hall of Fame: 2010 inductee
  • Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2011–12)
  • English Football Hall of Fame: 2016 Inductee

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#3 of the best Manchester United defenders of all time: Nemanja Vidic

Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Nemanja Vidić
  • Date of birth: 21 October 1981 (age 38)
  • Place of birth: Titovo Užice, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Height: 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
  • Playing position(s): Centre-back

Youth career

  • 1989–1994: Jedinstvo Užice
  • 1994–1996: Sloboda Užice
  • 1996–2000: Red Star Belgrade

Senior career

  • 2000–2004: Team: Red Star Belgrade, Appearances: 67, Goals: 12
  • 2000–2001: Team: → Spartak Subotica (loan), Appearances: 27, Goals: 6
  • 2004–2006: Team: Spartak Moscow, Appearances: 39, Goals: 4
  • 2006–2014: Team: Manchester United, Appearances: 211, Goals: 15
  • 2014–2016: Team: Inter Milan, Appearances: 23, Goals: 1

National team

  • 2002–2011: Team: Serbia, Appearances: 56, Goals: 2

The next player of the list of greatest Manchester United defenders ever in our Opinion is Nemanja Vidic, a former Serbian professional footballer who played as a central defender.

He played for Manchester United from 2006 to 2014 and played for the Serbian national team from 2002 to 2011. His fame was largely due to his dazzling and fast defense and leadership power, and many believe he was one of the best center-backs in the world during his heyday. Vidic announced his retirement on January 29, 2016.

His honor list is as follows:

Red Star Belgrade

  • First League of Serbia and Montenegro in 2003–04
  • FR Yugoslavia Cup in 2001–02
  • Serbia and Montenegro Cup in 2003–04

Manchester United

  • Premier League in 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
  • Football League Cup in 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10
  • FA Community Shield in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • UEFA Champions League in 2007–08
  • FIFA Club World Cup in 2008

Individual

  • FIFA FIFPro World XI in 2009, 2011
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 4th team in 2013
  • PFA Team of the Year: 2006–07 Premier League, 2007–08 Premier League, 2008–09 Premier League, 2010–11 Premier League
  • Premier League Player of the Season in 2008–09, 2010–11
  • Premier League Player of the Month: January 2009
  • Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year in 2008–09
  • Manchester United Players' Player of the Year in 2008–09
  • ESM Team of the Year in 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11
  • Best Sportsman of SD Crvena Zvezda in 2002
  • Serbia's Overseas Player of the Year in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010
  • Serbian Footballer of the Year in 2005, 2008

#4 of the best Manchester United defenders of all time: Bill Foulkes

Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: William Anthony Foulkes
  • Date of birth: 5 January 1932
  • Place of birth: St. Helens, Lancashire, England
  • Date of death: 25 November 2013 (aged 81)
  • Place of death: Manchester, England
  • Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Playing position(s): Centre-half

Youth career

  • 1950: Whiston Boys Club
  • 1950–1951: Manchester United

Senior career

  • 1951–1970: Team: Manchester United, Appearances: 566, Goals: 7

National team

  • 1954: Team: England, Appearances: 1, Goals: 0
  • 1955: Team: England U23, Appearances: 2, Goals: 0

Teams managed

  • 1975–1977: Chicago Sting
  • 1978–1979: Tulsa Roughnecks
  • 1979–1980: Witney Town
  • 1980: San Jose Earthquakes
  • 1981: IL Bryn
  • 1983–1984: Lillestrøm
  • 1985: Viking
  • 1988–1992: Mazda

The next player of the list of all-time greatest Manchester United defenders in our Opinion is William Anthony Foulkes, an English footballer who played in defense. He played professional football in the 1950s and 1960s.

Foulkes has played 688 games for Manchester United, which is the fourth record of the club in terms of number of appearances. He played 18 seasons at Manchester United and after retiring, worked for more than 20 years as a coach and manager at various clubs.

His honor list with Manchester United club is as follows:

  • First Division (4) in 1955–56, 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67
  • FA Cup (1) in 1962–63
  • European Cup (1) in 1967–68
  • FA Charity Shield (3) in 1956, 1957, 1967

#5 of the best Manchester United defenders of all time: Gary Pallister

Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Gary Andrew Pallister
  • Date of birth: 30 June 1965 (age 55)
  • Place of birth: Ramsgate, Kent, England
  • Height: 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
  • Playing position(s): Centre-back

Youth career

  • Billingham Town

Senior career

  • 1984–1989: Team: Middlesbrough, Appearances: 156, Goals: 5
  • 1985: Team: → Darlington (loan), Appearances: 7, Goals: 0
  • 1989–1998: Team: Manchester United, Appearances: 317, Goals: 12
  • 1998–2001: Team: Middlesbrough, Appearances: 55, Goals: 1

National team

  • 1988–1996: Team: England, Appearances: 22, Goals: 0
  • 1989–1992: Team: England B, Appearances: 9, Goals: 0

The next player of the list of greatest ever Manchester United defenders in our Opinion is Gary Andrew Pallister, an English former professional footballer and sports television pundit.

As a player, he was a defender from 1984 to 2001 and is most noted for his nine-year spell at Manchester United from 1989 until 1998. He also played for Middlesbrough and Darlington and was capped 22 times by England between 1988 and 1996.

His honor list is as follows:

Manchester United

  • Premier League in 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97
  • FA Cup in 1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96
  • Football League Cup in 1991–92
  • FA Charity Shield in 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997
  • European Cup Winners' Cup in 1990–91
  • European Super Cup in 1991

Individual

  • Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year in 1989–90
  • PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1991–92
  • PFA Team of the Year: 1986–87 Third Division, 1987–88 Second Division, 1991–92 First Division, 1992–93 Premier League, 1993–94 Premier League, 1994–95 Premier League, 1997–98 Premier League

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#6 of the best Manchester United defenders of all time: Gary Neville

Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Gary Alexander Neville
  • Date of birth: 18 February 1975 (age 45)
  • Place of birth: Bury, England
  • Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Playing position(s): Right back

Youth career

  • 1991–1992: Manchester United

Senior career

  • 1992–2011: Team: Manchester United, Appearances: 400, Goals: 5

National team

  • 1992: Team: England U16, Appearances: 1, Goals: 0
  • 1992–1993: Team: England U18, Appearances: 8, Goals: 0
  • 1995–2007: Team: England, Appearances: 85, Goals: 0

Teams managed

  • 2012–2016: England (assistant)
  • 2015–2016: Valencia

The next player of the list of the best defenders in Manchester United history in our Opinion is Gary Alexander Neville, an English football coach and former right-back. Neville spent his entire playing career at Old Trafford, making him a one-man club. When he retired in 2011, he was the second longest-serving player on the team, after his longtime teammate Ryan Giggs, and was the club's captain for five years.

After retiring from football in 2011, Neville first entered the undergraduate program and was a Sky Sports network commentator until 2015. After that, he took over as head coach of Valencia for a while, but in 2016, he returned to the profession of football expert on television. He was also the assistant manager of the England national team from 2012 to 2016.

His honor list is as follows:

Manchester United

  • Premier League in 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2008–09
  • FA Cup in 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04
  • Football League Cup in 2005–06, 2009–10
  • FA Community Shield in 1996, 1997, 2008
  • UEFA Champions League in 1998–99, 2007–08
  • Intercontinental Cup in 1999
  • FIFA Club World Cup in 2008

International

  • UEFA European Championship bronze medals in 1996

Individual

  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 1996–97 Premier League, 1997–98 Premier League, 1998–99 Premier League, 2004–05 Premier League, 2006–07 Premier League
  • PFA Team of the Century (1997–2007) in 2007
  • ESM Team of the Year in 1997–98
  • FWA Tribute Award in 2012
  • Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02): Domestic and overall Team of the Decade
  • Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2011–12): Fantasy Teams of the 20 Seasons public and panel choice
  • English Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2015

#7 of the best Manchester United defenders of all time: Dennis Irwin

Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Joseph Denis Irwin
  • Date of birth: 31 October 1965 (age 54)
  • Place of birth: Cork, Ireland
  • Height: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
  • Playing position(s): Left back

Youth career

  • –1983: Leeds United

Senior career

  • 1983–1986: Team: Leeds United, Appearances: 72, Goals: 1
  • 1986–1990: Team: Oldham Athletic, Appearances: 167, Goals: 4
  • 1990–2002: Team: Manchester United, Appearances: 368, Goals: 22
  • 2002–2004: Team: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Appearances: 75, Goals: 2

National team

  • 1986–1987: Team: Republic of Ireland U21, Appearances: 3, Goals: 0
  • 1989: Team: Republic of Ireland U23, Appearances: 1, Goals: 1
  • 1990: Team: Republic of Ireland B, Appearances: 1, Goals: 0
  • 1990–1999: Team: Republic of Ireland, Appearances: 56, Goals: 4

The next player of the list of all-time best defenders at Manchester United in our Opinion is Dennis Irwin, a former Irish professional footballer who played as a left-back.

Irwin owes much of his fame to his long and successful presence at Manchester United. Erwin is also the most successful Irish footballer in history and shares a record 19 trophies in his career with Roy Keane.

His honor list is as follows:

Oldham Athletic

  • Football League Cup runner-up in 1989–90

Manchester United

  • Premier League in 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
  • FA Cup in 1993–94, 1995–96; Runner-up in 1994–95
  • Football League Cup in 1991–92; Runner-up in 1990–91, 1993–94
  • FA Charity Shield in 1990, 1993, 1996, 1997
  • UEFA Champions League in 1998–99
  • European Cup Winners' Cup in 1990–91
  • European Super Cup in 1991
  • Intercontinental Cup in 1999

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Football League First Division play-offs in 2003

Individual

  • PFA Team of the Year: 1989–90 Second Division, 1993–94 Premier League, 1998–99 Premier League, 2002–03 First Division
  • Overall Team of the Decade – Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992-93 – 2001-02)
  • PFA Team of the Century (1997–2007) in 2007
  • English Football Hall of Fame in 2016

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#8 of the best Manchester United defenders of all time: Jaap Stam

Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Jakob Stam
  • Date of birth: 17 July 1972 (age 48)
  • Place of birth: Kampen, Netherlands
  • Height: 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
  • Playing position(s): Centre-back

Club information

  • Current team: FC Cincinnati (head coach)

Youth career

  • 1988–1992: DOS Kampen

Senior career

  • 1992–1993: Team: FC Zwolle, Appearances: 32, Goals: 1
  • 1993–1995: Team: SC Cambuur, Appearances: 66, Goals: 3
  • 1995–1996: Team: Willem II, Appearances: 19, Goals: 1
  • 1996–1998: Team: PSV Eindhoven, Appearances: 76, Goals: 12
  • 1998–2001: Team: Manchester United, Appearances: 79, Goals: 1
  • 2001–2004: Team: Lazio, Appearances: 70, Goals: 3
  • 2004–2006: Team: Milan, Appearances: 42, Goals: 1
  • 2006–2007: Team: Ajax, Appearances: 31, Goals: 1

National team

  • 1996–2004: Team: Netherlands, Appearances: 67, Goals: 3

Teams managed

  • 2009: PEC Zwolle (caretaker)
  • 2014–2016: Jong Ajax
  • 2016–2018: Reading
  • 2018–2019: PEC Zwolle
  • 2019: Feyenoord
  • 2020–: FC Cincinnati

The next player of the list of the best Manchester United defenders ever in our Opinion is Jaap Stam, a Dutch football manager and former professional player. Although Stam originally played behind the central defender, he also had the ability to play as a right-back.

He was best known for his "rare combination of speed, power and ball ability." Stam retired in October 2007 and then coached until 2016. Since 2016, he has been managing in various clubs.

His honor list is as follows:

PSV

  • Eredivisie in 1996–97
  • KNVB Cup in 1995–96
  • Johan Cruyff Shield in 1996, 1997

Manchester United

  • Premier League in 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
  • FA Cup in 1998–99
  • UEFA Champions League in 1998–99
  • Intercontinental Cup in 1999

Lazio

  • Coppa Italia in 2003–04

Milan

  • Supercoppa Italiana in 2004

Ajax

  • KNVB Cup in 2006–07
  • Johan Cruyff Shield in 2006, 2007

Individual

  • Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1997
  • Dutch Golden Boot in 1997
  • UEFA Club Best Defender of the Year in 1998–99, 1999–2000
  • PFA Team of the Year: 1998–99 Premier League, 1999–2000 Premier League, 2000–01 Premier League
  • ESM Team of the Year in 1998–99
  • Overseas Team of the Decade – Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 – 2001–02)
  • FIFPro World XI Nominee 2005

#9 of the best Manchester United defenders of all time: Steve Bruce

Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Stephen Roger Bruce
  • Date of birth: 31 December 1960 (age 59)
  • Place of birth: Corbridge, England
  • Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
  • Playing position(s): Centre-back

Club information

  • Current team: Newcastle United (manager)

Youth career

  • 1977–1979: Gillingham

Senior career

  • 1979–1984: Team: Gillingham, Appearances: 205, Goals: 29
  • 1984–1987: Team: Norwich City, Appearances: 141, Goals: 14
  • 1987–1996: Team: Manchester United, Appearances: 309, Goals: 36
  • 1996–1998: Team: Birmingham City, Appearances: 72, Goals: 2
  • 1998–1999: Team: Sheffield United, Appearances: 10, Goals: 0

National team

  • 1979–1980: Team: England Youth, Appearances: 8, Goals: 0
  • 1987: Team: England B, Appearances: 1, Goals: 0

Teams managed

  • 1998–1999: Sheffield United
  • 1999–2000: Huddersfield Town
  • 2001: Wigan Athletic
  • 2001: Crystal Palace
  • 2001–2007: Birmingham City
  • 2007–2009: Wigan Athletic
  • 2009–2011: Sunderland
  • 2012–2016: Hull City
  • 2016–2018: Aston Villa
  • 2019: Sheffield Wednesday
  • 2019–: Newcastle United

The next player of the list of all-time best Manchester United defenders in our Opinion is Stephen Roger Bruce, an English professional football manager and former player who played as a central defender. He is the current manager of Newcastle United.

Bruce joined Manchester United in the 1987 scarf but was never called up to the national team despite his brilliant performances. After playing his career, Bruce worked as a manager in various clubs.

His honor list is as follows:

Player

Norwich City

  • Football League Second Division in 1985–86
  • Football League Cup in 1984–85

Manchester United

  • Premier League in 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96
  • FA Cup in 1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96
  • Football League Cup in 1991–92
  • FA Charity Shield in 1990, 1993, 1994
  • European Cup Winners' Cup in 1990–91
  • European Super Cup in 1991

Individual

  • Premier League 10 Seasons Awards Domestic Team of the Decade

Manager

Birmingham City

  • Football League First Division play-offs in 2002
  • Football League Championship runner-up in 2006–07

Hull City

  • Football League Championship runner-up in 2012–13
  • FA Cup runner-up in 2013–14
  • Football League Championship play-offs in 2016

#10 of the best Manchester United defenders of all time: Tony Dunne

Best Manchester United Defenders of all time!

Personal information

  • Full name: Anthony Peter Dunne
  • Date of birth: 24 July 1941
  • Place of birth: Dublin, Ireland
  • Date of death: 8 June 2020 (aged 78)
  • Height: 1.69 m (5 ft 6.5 in)
  • Playing position(s): Left-back

Youth career

  • Stella Maris

Senior career

  • 1958–1960: Team: Shelbourne, Appearances: 18, Goals: 1
  • 1960–1973: Team: Manchester United, Appearances: 414, Goals: 2
  • 1973–1979: Team: Bolton Wanderers, Appearances: 170, Goals: 0
  • 1979: Team: Detroit Express, Appearances: 12, Goals: 0

National team

  • 1962–1975: Team: Republic of Ireland, Appearances: 33, Goals: 0

Teams managed

  • 1982–1983: Steinkjer FK

And the last player of the list of the best ever Manchester United defenders in our Opinion is Tony Dunne, an Irish footballer who played at left-back. He started his career with the Stella Maris youth team and moved to England in 1960 to join Manchester United.

Dunne played 33 national games for the Republic of Ireland between 1962 and 1975 and was named Ireland Footballer of the Year in 1969.

His honor list is as follows:

Shelbourne

  • FAI Cup in 1959–60

Manchester United

  • Football League First Division in 1964–65, 1966–67
  • FA Cup in 1962–63
  • European Cup in 1967–68
  • FA Charity Shield in 1965, 1967

Bolton Wanderers

  • Football League Second Division in 1977–78

In this article, we took a look at the best Manchester United defenders of all time. In the following articles, we will examine more about the honors and the top players of this proud and old club.

 

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