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Best Manchester United Midfielders of all time

Sat 17 October 2020 | 8:30

I think being a midfielder is one of the hardest jobs on the pitch. They must both defend and participate in attacking part as well. In this article, we want to review some of the Best Manchester United Midfielders of all time.

You might have watched or at least heard about

Manchester United

's shocking 6-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspurs on the 4th of October, 2020.But that does not change the fact that thorough the years, Man United was one of the best clubs in England and generally, in the world.

Since the club's foundation in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club, the Red Devils have achieved several trophies and claimed many native and international titles that outrank any other club in English football.

The Devils titles are included:

  • 20 League titles

  • 12 FA Cups

  • 5 League Cups and a record

  • 21 FA Community Shields

  • 3 UEFA Champions Leagues

  • 1 UEFA Europa League

  • 1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

  • 1 UEFA Super Cup

  • 1 Intercontinental Cup 

  • 1 FIFA Club World Cup

It's also worth mentioning that in 1998–99, the club became the first English football club in history to achieve the continental European treble.

Clearly, a huge part of Manchester's success is for the players. Talented strikers, capable defenders, and of course, skillful midfielders.Here, we want to list the

All-time Best Manchester United Midfielders


What should a footballer has to be on this list? Well, it depends on many things such as the ability to recover the ball, pass, score goals, and so on. Commonly, the most important thing as a midfielder is linking attack and defense. 

Who are the best Manchester United midfielders of all time?

Here it is! The list of Best Manchester United Midfielders ever. Tune in and enjoy.We must state that this list has no particular order.

Lee Sharpe

The first person on the list is Lee Sharpe, a former English footballer. As a left-winger, he stayed 8 years at Old Trafford from 1988 till 1996.Born in 1971 at Halesowen, Sharpe got trained and played his youth career at Torquay United then, he began his professional career with the same club but after less than a year, he got transferred to Man United.At only 17 years old, Sharpemade made his debut for the Red Devils against West Ham United on 24 September 1988 in a  Football League First Division match. United won the game  2–0 that day.

At the end of 1990–91 season, he got his way to the first team after playing a big part in Manchester's success such as scoring the only goal of United against


in the European Cup Winners' Cup or his hat rick against Arsenal in the League Cup.Although, he was just at the beginning of the road to be one of the

Best Manchester United Midfielders of all time


Through the years he established himself as a good player and had some memorable moments mostly his goal against Barcelona in the 1994–1995 Champions League season's group stage which put Manchester in the lead.

He moved on to Leeds United after almost 200 games with The Red Devils.

Nicky butt

Nicholas Butt is the second individual on the list of Best ever Manchester United Midfielders. He actually was born in Manchester on born 21 January 1975.He began playing with Man United from an early age. He was very useful and beneficial to the youth team. Butt got his way to first-team in the 1992–93 Premier League and made his debut on 21 November 1992 in a 3-0 victory Oldham Athletic. He came to the game as a substitute.

He had some early success such as the double-winning season of 1995/96. Since then he has seen many victories and achievements with The Devils including a UEFA Champions League title(1999). Six

Premier League

titles(1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03),three FA Cups  (1996, 1999, 2004), and four FA Community Shields (1994, 1996, 1997, 2003).

Unfortunately Butt was in the same era with very famous and great midfielders so he didn't get enough playtime to play a huge role for Man United.But generally, he had a successful career with The Red Devils scoring 26 goals and almost participating 400 games with the United's jersey.

In 2004, he said goodbye to his old club and moved to Newcastle United.

William Morgan

The former Scottish player spent seven years with Red Devils. He played as a winger from 1968 to 1975.Morgan was born on 2 October 1944 at Sauchie, Alloa, Scotland. He made his professional debut with Burnley against Sheffield Wednesday 1963. After eight years and making 231 appearances plus scoring 22 goals, he transferred to Man United in the summer of 1968. It may interest you to know when he arrived in Manchester, he asked for No.7 shirt which was for George Best, another powerful midfielder.He eventually got the shirt.

Morgan was gifted, trickfull, skilled, and brave. He managed to score almost 30 goals for The Devils and appeared 236 times with the red jersey. He came back to Burnley but he stayed there for a year. Other clubs that Morgan played for are: Bolton Wanderers,


, plus Chicago Sting, and plus Minnesota Kicks as a loan player.He also played for his national team as well. He made 21 appearances for Scotland but just scored one goal.         

Also, having a song that's dedicated to him named "Willie Morgan on the Wing," which is made by Tristar Airbus, is another reason that justifies his place among the Best Manchester United Midfielders of all time.

Paul Ince

He is a little disliked for playing in both Man United and Liverpool despite the rivalry between the two clubs. However, there is no doubt that he was one of the

All-time Best Midfielders at Manchester United


The English player was born on 21 October 1967. He started his senior career with West Ham United making his debut against Newcastle United in the First Division on 30 November 1986.After 3 years and 72 appearances, Ince got transferred to Manchester United for £1 million. His transfer was very controversial. He was seen in a Manchester United kit before the transfer was complete.

His first match with Man United was a 5–1 win over Millwall. But his following game was a shameful 5-1 defeat against United city rival,

Manchester City

.Nevertheless, he was a key factor in the Red devil's success during his time. Man United's achievements during his spell are included:

  • 1 European Cup Winners' Cup title

  • 1 European Super Cup title

  • 2 Premier League titles

  • 2 FA Cup titles

  • 1 Football League Cup

He was a better defensive midfielder than an attacking one and he could provide defensive assistance to his team. He was well known his for hard-tacklings, and a tough style of play.

Steve Coppell

Stephen Coppell spends more of his life as a manager than a player. He spent 35 years managing teams like Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Reading, etc.But he was also a very good player with only eight years of playing for Manchester and in that short period, he claimed his place among the Best Manchester United Midfielders of all time.Manchester United former manager, Tommy Docherty once called him "one of the best players I ever had the privilege of working with."

He was playing for Tranmere Rovers but after two years and 40 appearances, Coppell joined the Red Devils in 1975 as a right-winger. He made his debut as a substitute on 1 March 1975  in a 4–0 win over Cardiff City. That season, he was present for ten games on United's side.

His pace and touch were famous and it was a struggle for opposing defenders to take his ball. During his time in Man United, he scored 53 goals and made more than 300 appearances. He only achieved one FA Cup in the 1976/77 season with The Devils. In 1983, Steve Coppell left United and retired from football due to a knee injury.

Paddy Crerand

Paddy or Pat Crerand is a former Scottish footballer who played 8 years for the Red Devils. He was born on 19 February 1939 in Glasgow, Scotland.After spending his youth career with Duntocher Hibernian, he joined Celtic and began his professional career. After making 120 appearances, and scoring 5 goals in a six-year period for Celtic, he got transferred to Man United in 1963. His debut match on Manchester's side was against Blackpool.

Hw was a physical player who was known for his tenacity and tackling ability and his partnership with booby Charlton and Goerge Best who are in the list of Greatest Manchester United Midfielders of all time as well. He was an uncompromising yet accurate midfielder.Crerand helped the Devils to win titles such as the First Division league title, FA Cup, and a European Cup title.

After having appeared in 401 games and scoring 19 goals for United he retired from the world of football. Then, he became a coach at United for some years. He was also known as a co-commentator on MUTV, Manchester United's television channel. This year he becomes 82 years old.

Cristiano Ronaldo

When you are one of the best footballers in the world, you become one of the bests in every category you are related to. The Best Manchester United Midfielders of all time is no exception for Ronaldo. Although Ronaldo was a winger that was given the job of attacking and scoring, somehow wingers are considered midfielders by many.Ronaldo joined the Red Devils in 2004 and became United's first-ever Portuguese player with a transfer fee of £12.24 million. It made him, at the time, the most expensive teenager in English football history.

His first match with United's jersey was on 16 August 2003 in the Premier League against

Bolton Wanderers

, as a 60th-minute substitute. Machester achieved a 4–0 home victory in that game. Also, Ronaldo's first goal for Manchester United was a free-kick against Portsmouth on 1 November.He was another star that's developed by sir Alex Ferguson, about whom Ronaldo once said: "He's been my father in sport, one of the most important and influential factors in my career.

In total, Ronaldo played for the Red Devils for seven years which if it was longer he would be one of the best Manchester United players of all time. Nevertheless, after almost 90 goals for Man United and 200 appearances, He was transferred to

Real Madrid

and became a legend there.

Brayan Robson

In the continuation of the All-time Best Manchester United Midfielders list, we have the English manager and former footballer, Brayan Robson.He has managed teams like Middlesbrough, Bradford City, and Thailand's national team. But he was also a player who played as a box-to-box midfielder.He started his senior career with West Bromwich Albion where he stayed for 6 years, made almost 200 appearances, and scored 40 goals.

On 1 October 1981, he got transferred to Man United with a transfer fee of £1.5 million which at that time broke was the British record transfer fee.Robson made his first appearance with a United jersey 1 in a 1–0 League Cup defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on 7 October 1981.

He was a good goal scorer and had a great movement and timing. He was also quite a hard-tackler and fearless.Robson won two Premier League winners' medals, three FA Cups, two FA Charity Shields, and a European Cup Winners' Cup during his period with The Devils. Speaking of his achievements he became the longest-serving captain in the club's history.

He also represented England on 90 occasions between 1980 and 1991. Eventually, Robson got transferred to


in 1994 after scoring 74 goals and 345 appearances.

Nobby Stiles

Nobby Stiles played for Manchester in the '60s and early '70s. He actually was born at Collyhurst, Manchester. He played his youth career as a Red Devil too.In his prime, he was a rugged, uncompromising, and a prolific ball-winner defensive midfielder. He was a short player which caused him to be rejected by many clubs and was an unlikely-looking footballer nevertheless, he became one of the Best Manchester United Midfielders of all time.

He won two league titles and one European Cup with the club. He also played with his national team England and won the 1966  FIFA World Cup with them.He was well known for his tough tackling and ball-winning qualities and has been described as a "destroyer."He scored a total of 17 goals for the Red Devils and appeared in 311 matches for the club.

He finally was transferred to Middlesbrough, stayed for two years there, and then moved on to Preston North End where he retired after two years. Generally, he made 414 appearances in his career.

Roy Keane

Nowadays Keane is a tv pundit who appears on BBC. But earlier in his life, he was a player who mostly played with The Red Devils. Pelé named him one of the world's greatest living players in 2004 and many consider him one of the

Best Manchester United Midfielders ever

.He joined the club in 1993 after United signed him for £3.75 million, which was a British transfer record at the time.HE established himself for the first time after Bryan Robson was not as ready and energetic anymore due to injuries and age. He also scored twice on his home debut in a 3–0 win against Sheffield United.

Roy Keane was another footballer that played in the golden  Sir Alex Fergusen era and was developed by him. He achieved 17 trophies with the Devils, including a Championsleague title, several Premier League titles, and so on.

He was powerful and competitive but not exactly in a good way. He played over aggressively. Many suffered from his playing and he actually ended a career. In the 2001 Manchester derby, he performed a knee-high foul on Alf-Inge Håland and broke his leg. According to Roy Keane himself, the tackle was premeditated.

But generally, he was a good defensive midfielder that scored 33 goals and made almost 330 appearances for Man United. After the Red Devils, he transferred toic


and retired a year after in 2005.

David Beckham

David Beckham is a former English footballer who played for some famous clubs such as Real Madrid, Milan,

Paris Saint-Germain

, and of course, Manchester United. He gained many individual honors as well as with the club, he won league titles in four different countries, and also his name is among the

Best ever Manchester United Midfielders


He joined the Red Devils in 1992, which was the beginning of his career. He was part of the youth team. He then got loaned to Preston North End and then came back to United and made his Premier League debut for Manchester United on 2 April 1995 against Leeds United.  During his 13 years at the club, on many occasions, he beneficially helped the team to win the FA Cup, Champions League, and Premier League.

His crosses and free kicks are the first two things he is well known for. Besides that his vision, speed, and dribbling skills were remarkably good. He played a great role in Manchester's success during his time with the club.

After gaining more than 10 titles,62 goals, and 265 appearances with the Red Devils, he left the club to join Real Madrid in 2003. If Beckham would have stayed more in Man United he would be ranked higher in the list of Best Manchester United Midfielders of all time.

Bobby Charlton

Former English footballer is considered one of the greatest players in his generation or even of all time.He was Winner of the Ballon d'Or in 1966 and at his time he had records for the most goals and most appearances for both Man United and England.b Furthermore, he received a CBE in 1974.

He joined Man United in his youth in 1953 but his senior career with The Devils began in 1956. He made his first debut in October 1956 against Charlton Athletic. He scored twice at that match.In his first year with United, he scored a total of 12 goals in all competitions including a hat-trick.

He was a survivor of Munich's air disaster, a crash that took 23 lives including 8 Man United players.It's very touching to know that before the crash Charlton and teammate Dennis Viollet swapped places with Tommy Taylor and David Pegg because they taught they would be safer at the back of the plane but after the incident, they perished.It's like he was destined to continue his life to play and become one of the Best Manchester United Midfielders of all time.

Generally, Charlton was a legendary central midfielder who scored almost 200 goals and made 606 appearances during his time with the Red Devils.

Paul Scholes

Another United player whose name is in the list of All-time Best Midfielders at Manchester United is the English former football soccer, Paul Scholes.He spent his entire professional playing career with Man United. He was playing in Manchester even in his youth. His professional debut for the club came on 21 September 1994  in the Football League Cup against Port Vale. Manchester won 2–1 which both goals were scored by Scholes. In addition, he scored another goal in his league debut three days later against Ipswich Town. He scored 5 or 6 goals in his first season.

Scholes won 25 trophies with the Devils including 11 Premier League titles and two UEFA Champions League titles etc. It's worth mentioning that his Premier League titles are more than any other English player.

He is widely viewed by many as one of the greatest players of the Premier League for his technical skills, smart movements, accurate passing, and strong shooting from long range. Although, there have been times in his career that he got violent.He always had a tough hard tackle, sometimes he was too hard a tackler. Scholes has gathered a total of 90 yellow cards and 4 red cards in his career.

But in total, Scholes did very much for the club and he will always be respected by many.

Goerge Best

Now we have another individual from the Best Manchester United Midfielders of all time list that actually began his career with the Devils. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland Best was discovered and joined the club at the age of 15. He stayed in Manchester for 12 more years and won tournaments such as Football League First Division and European cup. His First Division debut came on, on 14 September 1963 against West Bromwich Albion when he was only aged 17. At the end of the 1963–64 season, he had made 26 appearances and scored six goals.

Playing as a winger or an attacking midfielder, he was highly skillful, had extremely good dribbling abilities that made him viewed as one of the greatest dribblers by several pundits.With his speed and techniques, he was very good at the ability to getting past defenders and score goals. He could also play and finish with both feet.

During his period with Man United, he scored 137 goals and participated in 361 matches,another reason that justifies his place on the list of

Best Manchester United Midfielders of all time

Despite his greatness, he had some personal issues such as Alcoholism that unfortunately caused him to die at the age of 59. He will always be remembered as an excellent footballer.

Ryan Giggs

First and foremost, we must state that Giggs is the record holder of most appearances in the Premier League with 672 appearances. The more interesting fact is that all of his appearances were with United's jersey! Yes, the Welsh loyal footballer played for one club for more than 25 years.He joined the Red Devils in 1987 as a youth and ten on 1 December 1990, he became a professional.

Giggs made his League debut as a substitute against


on 2 March 1991 in a 2–0 home defeat. Eventually, Giggs broke into the first team while he was still 17 years old and became the youngest member of the United first-team squad. But that was the beginning.

Giggs graced the Red Devils with his pace, versatility, and abilities. He was effective in many leagues and international titles. With Man United, Giggs achieved 13 Premier League winner's medals, 4 FA Cup winner's medals, 3 League Cup winner's medals, 2 UEFA Champions League winner's medals, and so on.

He played as a central midfielder, left-sided midfielder, winger, outside forward, attacking midfielder, or even as a striker throughout his career. This ability to play in different positions is another reason that placed him among the Greatest Manchester United Midfielders of all time.  

Giggs left the Red Devils and retired in 2014 after more than 600 appearances and 114 goals.

So these were the players that we thought to be the

Best Manchester United Midfielders of all time

. Hope you enjoyed and learned something new about these great footballers.

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