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Manchester United most capped players of all time

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If you are a Manchester United's fan, join us in today's article to review the most capped Manchester United footballers ever.

Founded in 1878,

Manchester United

is one of the greatest clubs in Europe. Red Devils have won many titles on both the domestic and the continental front during an illustrious history of 144 years. The English club has achieved a record 20 Premier League titles, 12 FA Cups, 5 EFL Cups, FA Community Shield title on 21 occasions, UEFA Champions League title 3 times, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup. 

From yesteryear legends such as Alex Stepney and Sir Bobby Charlton to modern-day top stars like Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo, several world-class footballers have worn Man United's jersey during the club's history. 

One of the crucial factors in the Red Devils' success is longevity. Undoubtedly, during Sir Alex Ferguson's era, the English club achieved several European and domestic glories. Eleven of Manchester United’s top 20 all-time highest appearance makers came in the Scottish manager's era. Well, if you wondered who are

Manchester United most capped players of all time

, then we have the answer for you. Here we look at the most capped Manchester United football players of all time.

List of the most capped Manchester United footballers ever

Who do you think has made the most number of appearances for Manchester United? Here we have a list of Manchester United most capped players of all time.

Rio Ferdinand (455 caps)

  • Age:

    43

  • Nationality:

    English

  • Seasons as the Red Devils' player:

    12

  • Playing Position:

    Centre-back

The first footballer on the list of Manchester United most capped players of all time is Rio Ferdinand, one of the most decorated English footballers of ever. On 22 July 2002, Ferdinand moved to Man United, becoming the most expensive English footballer at the time. In his debut season, he helped the club win the Premier League title. During his time as a Manchester United footballer, the English defender achieved six Premier League titles, two Football League Cups, four FA Community Shield titles, one UEFA Champions League title, as well as 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.

Nicknamed Ferdz, Rio Ferdinand made 455 appearances for Man United, scoring eight goals and providing nine assists for his teammates. On 12 May 2013, he scored his final goal for Manchester United at Old Trafford against Swansea City. He decided to leave the Red Devils on 12 May 2014 and said: "I am feeling fit and healthy, ready for a new challenge and looking forward to whatever the future holds for me."

His notable individual achievements as a Man United footballer are PFA Premier League Team of the Year award (six times) and Premier League Player of the Month award (October 2001).

Michael Carrick (464 caps)

  • Age

    : 40

  • Nationality:

    English

  • Seasons as the Red Devils' player:

    12

  • Playing Position:

    Midfielder

Michael Carrick is the ninth on the list of

most capped Manchester United football players of all time

, the retired English footballer. Carrick's professional life began at

West Ham United

in 1999 and went on to play for Swindon Town, Birmingham City, and

Tottenham Hotspur

.

On 28 July 2006, it was reported that Tottenham agreed on a deal for the transfer of its midfielder to Manchester United. He joined the Red Devils for £14 million, becoming the sixth most expensive player at the time. On 4 August 2006, Michael Carrick made his debut for Man United in a friendly fixture against Porto in the Amsterdam Tournament.

He spent 12 seasons at Manchester United, helping them win five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two EFL Cups, six FA Community Shield titles, one UEFA Champions League title, one UEFA Europa League title, and 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.

The midfielder made 464 appearances for the Red Devils and managed to bag himself 24 goals, providing 37 assists for his teammates. His notable individual achievements as a Man United footballer are PFA Team of the Year award (2012–13 Premier League) and Manchester United Players' Player of the Year award (2012–13). In 2018, Michael Carrick hung up his boots.

Sir Bobby Charlton (468 caps)

  • Age:

    84

  • Nationality:

    English

  • Seasons as the Red Devils' player:

    17

  • Playing Position:

    Midfielder, forward

Ready to know more about the next footballer on our list of Manchester United most capped players of all time? If yes, let’s carry on then. Born in Ashington, Northumberland, England, Charlton's professional life began at Manchester United in 1956, becoming one of the famed Busby Babes.

In October 1956, Charlton made his debut for Red Devils against

Charlton Athletic

. In his debut season, he made 14 appearances, scoring 12 times in all competitions. The following season he was one of Man United's vital members and helped the club reach the title, becoming the first English team to compete in the European Cup.

He spent 17 seasons at the Red Devils, helping the club win three Football League First Division titles, one FA Cup, Charity Shield title on four occasions, one European Cup, three FA Youth Cups. Nicknamed Bobby, the retired footballer made 468 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 141 goals and providing five assists for his teammates. His appearance record of 468 for the English club took until 2008 when Ryan Giggs broke it in that year's Champions League final. His notable individual achievements as a Man United footballer are FWA Footballer of the Year award (one time) and PFA Merit Award (1974).

Roy Keane (471 caps)

  • Age:

    50

  • Nationality:

    Irish

  • Seasons as the Red Devils' player:

    13

  • Playing Position:

    Midfielder

The next name on our list of Manchester United's most capped players of all time is the retired Roy Keane. Nicknamed Keano, the former Irish moved to Manchester United for £3.75 million, which was a British transfer record at the time. In his debut season, he managed to score twice against

Sheffield United

. By the end of his debut season, he achieved his first trophy as United retained their Premier League title.

He spent 13 seasons at the Red Devils, winning seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups, FA Community Shield title on four occasions, one UEFA Champions League title, as well as 1999 Intercontinental Cup. Keane made 471 appearances, scoring 51 goals and providing 36 assists for his teammates.

It is worth mentioning that he was named the English club captain following Eric Cantona's retirement; however, he missed most of the 1997–98 season due to his injury. The highlight of his career came in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final in 1999, when he scored the first United goal.

"It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field. Pounding over every blade of grass, competing as if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose, he inspired all around him. I felt it was an honor to be associated with such a player," said Sir Alex Ferguson on his performance against

Juventus

.

His notable individual achievements as a Man United footballer are PFA Team of the Year award (five times), Premier League Player of the Month award (two times), Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award (two times), and FWA Footballer of the Year award (2000).

David de Gea (476 caps)

  • Age:

    31

  • Nationality:

    Spanish

  • Seasons as the Red Devils' player:

    11

  • Playing Position:

    Goalkeeper

David de Gea, the current Man United footballer, is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the club's history. Born in Madrid, de Gea moved to

Atletico Madrid

when he was 13, spending two seasons with the Spanish club. On 29 June 2010, he moved to Man United for £18.9 million, a British record fee for a goalkeeper. The tall goalkeeper made his debut for the Red Devils in a friendly fixture against Chicago Fire on 23 July 2011. "De Gea is high, has good feet, comes with authority and is agile... has everything to be one of the greatest goalkeepers in the next ten years," said former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

De Gea has spent 11 seasons with the club, helping them win one Premier League title, one FA Cup, one EFL Cup, FA Community Shield title on three occasions, as well as one UEFA Europa League title. He has made 476 appearances, conceding 509 goals and keeping 164 clean sheets.

His notable individual achievements as a Man United footballer are PFA Team of the Year award (five times), Premier League Player of the Month award (one time), PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month award (one time), Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award (four times), Manchester United Players' Player of the Year award (three times), and Premier League Golden Glove award (2017-18).

Denis Irwin (479 caps)

  • Age:

    56

  • Nationality:

    Irish

  • Seasons as the Red Devils' player:

    12

  • Playing Position:

    Left back

Born in Cork, Ireland, Denis Irwin is the next name on our list of the

most capped Manchester United soccer players ever

. Irwin's professional life began at Leeds United in 1983 and went on to play for Oldham Athletic. In 1990, he moved to the Red Devils for a fee of £625,000. He scored his first goal for the Red Devils on 7 September 1991, against

Norwich City

in the First Division. The highlight of his career came in the fixture against Oldham Athletic in May 1995, when Irwin scored two goals.

The Irish footballer spent 12 seasons with the club, helping them win seven Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one Football League Cup, FA Charity Shield title on four occasions, one UEFA Champions League title, one European Cup Winners' Cup, 1991 European Super Cup, as well as 1999 Intercontinental Cup.

Denis Irwin made 479 appearances and managed to bag himself 33 goals, providing 23 assists. His notable individual achievements as a Man United footballer are PFA Team of the Year award (three times) and Overall Team of the Decade – Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992-03 – 2001-02).

Wayne Rooney (559)

  • Age:

    36

  • Nationality:

    English

  • Seasons as the Red Devils' player:

    13

  • Playing Position:

    Forward, Midfielder

The next name on our list of Manchester United most capped players of all time is Wayne Rooney, the retired footballer. He joined the Everton youth team when he was nine, and in 2002, Rooney made his debut for the club's senior side. Two years later, the English footballer moved to the Red Devils for a £20 million deal, becoming the highest fee ever paid for a player under 20 years old.

Born in Liverpool, England, the footballer was given the number 8 jersey, making his debut on 28 September 2004 against Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League and scoring a hat-trick.

Nicknamed the White Pele, Rooney spent 13 seasons with the Red Devils, helping them win five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, EFL Cup on three occasions, four FA Community Shield titles, one UEFA Champions League title, one UEFA Europa League title, as well as 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.

He made 559 appearances for Man United and managed to bag 253 goals, providing 146 assists for his teammates. His notable individual achievements as a Man United footballer are PFA Players' Player of the Year award (one time), PFA Young Player of the Year award (two times), PFA Fans' Player of the Year award (two times), PFA Team of the Year award (three times), FWA Footballer of the Year award (one time), Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award (two times), and Manchester United Players' Player of the Year award (2009-10).

It is worth mentioning that the retired English footballer is the record goalscorer for both the England national side and Manchester United. He is also England's second-most-capped player.

Gary Neville (599 caps)

  • Age:

    47

  • Nationality:

    English

  • Seasons as the Red Devils' player:

    19

  • Playing Position:

    Right-back

Ready to know more about the next footballer on our list of Manchester United most capped players of all time? If yes, let’s carry on then. Born in Bury, England, Gary Neville is one of the most decorated English and European footballers of all time. Neville's professional life began at Man United in 1992 and spent 19 seasons at the English club, becoming a one-club man.

When he retired from professional football in 2011, Neville was the second-longest-serving player at the Red Devils behind Ryan Giggs, long-time teammate. Nicknamed GAZ, Neville helped United win eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two Football League Cups, FA Community Shield title on three occasions, two UEFA Champions League titles, 1999 UEFA Champions League title, as well as 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.

The English defender made 599 appearances for Man United, scoring seven goals and providing 49 assists. It is worth mentioning that the defender is England's most-capped right-back with 85 caps. His notable individual achievements as a Man United footballer are the PFA Premier League Team of the Year award (five times), PFA Team of the Century award (2007), ESM Team of the Year award (1997-98), FWA Tribute Award (2012), Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02), Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2011–12), English Football Hall of Fame Inductee (2015).

Paul Scholes (713 caps)

  • Age:

    47

  • Nationality:

    English

  • Seasons as the Red Devils' player:

    20

  • Playing Position:

    Midfielder

Born in Salford, Greater Manchester, England, Paul Scholes spent his entire professional career with the Red Devils. The product of Manchester United's youth academy, Scholes made his debut for the English club on 21 September 1994 against Port Vale in the Football League Cup. The one-club man spent 20 years at the Red Devils, helping them win 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two Football League Cups, FA Community Shield title on five occasions, two UEFA Champions League titles, 1999 Intercontinental Cup, as well as 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.

The highlight of his career came in the 1998–99 season when he helped the club win treble (Premier League title, FA Cup, and the UEFA Champions League title). He was one of the Red Devils' vital members, scoring two goals against

Newcastle

in the FA Cup final and also a goal against Inter Milan in the Champions League quarter-final.

Nicknamed Ginger Ninja, Scholes made 713 appearances, scoring 152 goals and providing 76 assists for his teammates. His notable individual achievements as a Man United footballer are Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award (1992-93), Premier League Player of the Month award (four times), Premier League PFA Team of the Year award (two times), Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02), English Football Hall of Fame Inductee (2008), Premier League 20 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2011–12), and FWA Tribute Award (2012).

Ryan Giggs (947 caps)

  • Age:

    48

  • Nationality:

    Welsh

  • Seasons as the Red Devils' player:

    24

  • Playing Position:

    Wide midfielder

And who’s the last name on our list of the most capped Manchester United soccer players ever? Let’s figure it out! The Welsh retired footballer, Ryan Giggs, is Manchester United most capped player of all time, playing his entire professional career for the Red Devils. Born in Canton, Cardiff, Wales, Giggs's professional life began at Man United in 1990, spending 24 seasons with the English club.

The Welsh footballer is one of the most decorated footballers of all time, helping the English club win the Premier League title on 13 occasions, four FA Cups, three Football League Cups, FA Community Shield title nine times, two UEFA Champions League titles, 1991 UEFA Super Cup, 1999 Intercontinental Cup, as well as 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.

He made 947 appearances for the English club, scoring 164 goals and providing 255 assists for his teammates. His notable individual achievements as a Man United footballer are the PFA Young Player of the Year award (two times), PFA Team of the Year award (six times), PFA Team of the Century (two times), PFA Players' Player of the Year award (one time), PFA Merit Award (2016), and FWA Tribute Award (2007).

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