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Manchester United Legends

Updated on April 27, 2013
Manchester United Football Club are an English Premiership football (soccer) club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. They have achieved a pre-eminence in world football by consistently producing free flowing, exciting attacking football. To achieve this they have had in their teams over the years some brilliant individual masters of the game - the Manchester United legends.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, (born 5 February 1985), better known as Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo was born in Madeira, Portugal, to his mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and his father José Dinis Aveiro. He grew up with an elder brother Hugo, and two elder sisters, Elma and Katia. Katia works as a singer by the stage name "Ronalda" in Portugal. His second name ("Ronaldo") is relatively rare in Portugal. His parents named him after former U.S. President Ronald Reagan because he was his father's favourite actor, and not for political reasons.

Ronaldo tricks and magic

Pelé good; Maradona better; George Best.

George Best (22 May 1946 - 25 November 2005) was from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He won the European Cup with Manchester United, and was himself named the European Footballer of the Year, in 1968, his annus mirabilis. He was a winger whose game combined pace, acceleration, balance, two-footedness, goalscoring and the ability to beat defenders.He is generally regarded as one of the greatest players ever to grace the game.

At the age of 15, Best was discovered in Belfast by Manchester United scout Bob Bishop, whose telegram to United manager Matt Busby read: "I think I've found you a genius." His local club Glentoran had previously rejected him for being "too small and light". Best was subsequently given a trial and signed up by chief scout Joe Armstrong.

Best made his Manchester United debut, aged 17, on 14 September 1963 against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford in a 1-0 victory. Two weeks later Best scored his first goal against Burnley. By the close of the season Best had 6 goals, and Manchester United finished second, behind champions Liverpool.

In his second season, 1964-65, Best and Manchester United claimed the league title.

Best hit the headlines the age of twenty when he scored two goals in a European Cup quarter-final match against Benfica in 1966, and was dubbed "El Beatle" in the press.

Best's talent and showmanship made him a crowd and media favourite. He was dubbed "the fifth Beatle" for his long hair, good looks and extravagant celebrity lifestyle, and even appeared on Top of the Pops in 1965.

George Best - thanks for the memories

Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona (born May 24, 1966 in Marseille) is a French former footballer of the late 1980s and 1990s. He ended his professional footballing career at Manchester United where he won four Premiership titles in five years, including two league and FA Cup "doubles". Cantona is often regarded as having played a major talismanic role in the revival of Manchester United as a footballing powerhouse and he enjoys iconic status at the club. In 2001 he was voted their player of the century, and to this day United fans refer to him alongside Denis Law as "The King".

After having originally come to England to trial for Sheffield Wednesday, in February 1992 Cantona joined Leeds United A.F.C., where he was a part of the team that won the final old First Division championship in (1991-92). He was also inspirational in the Charity Shield 4-3 win over Liverpool in 1992, scoring a hat-trick.

He however left Leeds before the end of the 1992-93 season, which saw them finishing 17th in the newly formed Premier League (one place above relegation), moving to Manchester United in November 1992 for the relatively small fee of £1.2 million, much to the disgust of the Leeds fans.

Goals from Cantona the master craftsman

Bobby Charlton - The grace of a ballet dancer, the shot of a cannon

Sir Bobby Charlton, CBE (born 11 October 1937 in Ashington, Northumberland) helped win the World Cup and was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1966. He is arguably the greatest English footballer to have lived. He played almost all of his club football at Manchester United, where he became renowned for his attacking instincts from midfield and his ferocious long-range shot. He was a young member of the original 'Busby Babes' and then became part of the famous 'Best, Law, Charlton' team of the mid 1960's.

He began to play for United's first team in 1956, and over the next two seasons gained a regular place in the team, during which time he survived the Munich air disaster of 1958. After helping United to win the football league in 1965, he won a World Cup medal with England in 1966 and another football league title with United the following year. In 1968, he captained the Manchester United team that won the European Cup, scoring two goals in the final to help his team be the first English side to win the competition. He had scored more goals for England and United than any other player. He also made more appearances for Manchester United than any other player, records which are still standing at the end of 2006. He is considered by many international football experts to be one of the greatest players of all time.

Only one goal - but what a beauty.

Duncan Edwards - potentially, the greatest of them all.......

Duncan Edwards (October 1, 1936 - February 21, 1958) was an outstanding footballer, strong, skilful and mature beyond his years. Born in Dudley, he signed for Manchester United in June 1952 as an amateur and turned professional on October 1, 1953. He was one of the Busby Babes, the young United team formed under manager Matt Busby in the mid 1950s, and one of the eight United players who perished in the Munich air disaster.

Of all the tragic stories coming from that fateful day the loss of Duncan Ewards to both Manchester United and England is possibly the greatest. According to those who experienced what Duncan Edwards could do on a football field, he was the complete footballer and there wasn`t a single weakness in his game. He could dribble like a winger and pass like an inside forward. He had unrivalled stamina and could have run for days. He could shoot powerfully, with either foot, was dominant in the air and could tackle like a tank, such was the range of ability he possessed in his young body. He was a fantastic player and admired by all. Many who saw Edwards play believe that had he not died young, he would have gone on to become one of the all-time world footballing greats.

The Life of Duncan Edwards

Denis Law -The King

Denis Law (born February 24, 1940, in Aberdeen, Scotland) signed for Manchester United in 1962, setting a British record transfer fee of £115,000.

He spent eleven years at United, where he scored 236 goals in 409 appearances and was nicknamed The King and The Lawman by supporters. He won the prestigious European Footballer of the Year award in 1964, and helped his club win the First Division in 1965 and 1967. Law left Manchester United in 1973 and returned to Manchester City for a season, then represented Scotland in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Law played for Scotland a total of 55 times and jointly holds the Scottish international record goal tally with 30 goals. Law is also United's second highest goalscorer behind Bobby Charlton.

Denis Law was a magical football player, fast of thought as well as body. His lightening reflexes and heading skills made him a great crowd puller and favourite with United fans. Of only medium height and slim in build, Law had a lions heart and a salmons leap. Always playing with his long shirt sleeves distinctively gripped in each fist, he could frequently out-jump much taller men to score with his head. Denis could score from anywhere and close in he was lethal. If the keeper fumbled he pounced and within seconds the Law-man was wheeling off, arm up in celebration. He was tough, determined, and utterly committed to the team cause. There is a pub in North Manchester called The Kings Head. The sign outside depicts, not Charles the Second or George the Third but Denis Law - The King.

Goals From The King


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      5 years ago

      I thougt cantona was on classic xi

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      8 years ago

      This year Man.U. had the worst season and it all started with not signing wot u need

      It was such a letdown the way we played against Everton and City besides many many more during the year

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      D Godfather 

      8 years ago

      Common fans,why whitewash this guys,it's there contribution to this love,y club that took us to the level we are.let show some appreaciation.UP MANCHESTER UNITED!!!!

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      8 years ago

      who is berbaflop? David Beckham what has he done for united ? HOW MANY GOALS DID THIS GUY SCORE ? Comon , be realistic , he had the looks and scored free kicks , 5 goals a season ?

      Cristiano is not English , boy i wish he was , this boy , just being a boy , scored more goals than all of Beckham life at Man , he scored in a season .

      Give up on Beckham , he was an ok player that's all , open your eyes , he is nothing compared to ronaldo , even to wayne .

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      8 years ago

      wheres rooney

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      9 years ago

      sir ryan gigs is missing from this list

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      9 years ago

      Ronaldo was a legend at man united , he will be spoken for generations to come.

      Best was Best but , can any one else be compared to Ronaldo ? NOOOOOOOOOO WAAAAAAAAAAY .

      No matter what you think or love , this genaration will always praise Ronaldo .Suck it up if you have to but , be truthfull .

      How manny goals did backham score ? What did he ever do for Manchester ? And when the money came calling , even being English and loving Man United till death like he says , HE LEFT , be realistic What or how can he be called a legend ?

      Because he's English , well so am I . And I don,t think so , screw him .That folks is a fact.

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      9 years ago

      always united

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      9 years ago

      Did you ever hoped better than this one.

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      9 years ago

      Where is David Beckham :D

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      9 years ago

      This is 1 of the best sites I have seen of classic players although Cantona and Duncan's videos have been stopped by the FA it's a pity for the younger generation could see wot players Man.Utd.had

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      9 years ago

      Giggs, Scholes Schmeichel and beckham as well as gary neville wes brown

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      9 years ago

      What about Eric Djemba Djemba?

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      i am 

      9 years ago

      where is the DAVID BECKHAM

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      9 years ago

      What about Dimitar Berbatov?

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      9 years ago from Nigeria

      Though i never saw most of these legends play, but a player with 42 goals a season is truly a 'LEGEND' In fact i'd say the BEST.

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      10 years ago

      If anyone thinks that any other player was better or nearly as good as George Best, they have never seen him! simple!

      He wasn't a genius, he was supernatural!!

      He was the first player both boys & girls loved and anyone who played against him, will tell you he was the greatest.. even Pele!

      It sickens me when those who never saw him compare Giggs, Ronaldo ANYONE to Besty!.

      Take note of those who know like Rodney Marsh, Jimmy Greaves, Pele and every player of the time- he was THE BEST!

      I have had dealings with Bobby Charlton (Who George & most people hated, and still do.) he's a bitter, miserable, egomaniac!! try & get a couple of autographs from him & see what happens. He is bitter because Besty was a REAL genius and that Geoff Hurst was the star of '66 & not him.

      We can only guess what Duncan Edwards could of done, but with respect, when you die young, your always made out to be far better than you were (Rock stars & actors are a good example- NOBODY had heard of James Dean when he died!)

      A genius like Van Gogh, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Marlon Brando... and George Best ALWAYS live out of control, messed up, unhappy lives- that's the price. The truth is, we will NEVER see the likes of 'The Wizard' George Best again.. They only appear very rarely, like shooting stars with no direction- and that's what George Best was!

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      Manchester United fan 

      10 years ago

      What about Roy Keane ?

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      10 years ago

      helloo i love man utd

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      amos amos 

      10 years ago

      l love man u

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      Dominic Ayagwa 

      10 years ago

      I believe in manchester united and anything that will make man u grow i love

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      10 years ago from Republic of Ireland

      I understand why Best, Charlton and Law are included among your legends but I think Giggs, Rooney, Yorke, Schmeichel, Keane and others from the modern era should be included. Then again that would have taken you a while...haha

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      10 years ago

      @fresh_flower yeah i agree..sir ryan giggs is considered a legend already, screw ronaldo! and tevez too!

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      10 years ago from England

      I am a City fan but still enjoyed this hub. Would like to suggest a few United players I have enjoyed and respected. Some I still do!

      Paul Scholes- Great player with a great footballing mind. Never one to court the limelight but a sterling workhorse who I wish had been a blue!

      Dennis Irwin- Fantastic stalwart of the beautiful game. Does a lot of work for grassroots football and used to coach an amateur team (Broadheath Central). Top Bloke!

      David Beckham-enough said!

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      10 years ago from London

      Nice article about a great team! But what about Ryan Giggs? I think he deserves a place more than Ronaldo does...

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      11 years ago from Colchester, Essex, UK

      Great hub, nice to read about the Manchester United legends and some of the best footballers in the world

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      11 years ago

      Duncan Edwards was well before my time but having heard Bobby Charlton say that Edwards was the only player that ever made him feel inferior says it all.

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      11 years ago

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