Picking the top three Manchester United players in the Premier League era

Picking the top three Manchester United players in the Premier League era
Ronaldo salutes the Manchester United fans at Old Trafford. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

THERE have been some great players to grace the Premier League during its 27 years existence.

I’ve decided to pick out the three players I believe have been the most important to their club during this time.

I’ll start this week with the club that has dominated the Premier League. Manchester United’s success has made my decisions even tougher but I believe these were the three standout candidates.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the easiest selection.

The Portuguese winger arrived at Old Trafford a raw talent who at the beginning of his United career, frustrated a lot of supporters.

It was clear from the outset the skills Ronaldo possessed but for all his tricks and flicks, he hadn’t end product.

Ronaldo owes a lot to United who played a big role in developing the player and creating one of the greatest to play the game.

It’s surprising, that for all of United’s success during the Premier League era, Ronaldo is the only United player to win the Ballon d’Or, indicating he was the only real superstar to play with United during this time.

Although Ronaldo only spent six seasons in Manchester and spent the majority of his best footballing years playing for Real Madrid, the 35-year-old must still be regarded as one of the best ever to put on the famous red shirt.

Wayne Rooney is another player I feel deserves to be in United’s top three. Alex Ferguson was quick to snap up then-teenager in 2004 and Rooney proved to be one of United’s most successful signings. 

In 13 years at the club, the attacker won 16 trophies, including five league titles and a Champions League. He was scrutinised towards the end of his United career but he left the Red Devils as their all-time top scorer with 253 goals. 

Unlike Ronaldo, Rooney was a selfless player but still managed to score a vast amount of goals.

Peter Schmeichel has to be in my top three. The Dane is the greatest goalkeeper to play in the league. We are becoming more aware just how important having a world-class keeper is for a team to be successful and without Schmeichel, United wouldn’t have been so dominating during the ’90s.

Schmeichel’s value to United was truly shown after he left the club in 1999 and United struggled for years to replace him until the signing of Edwin van der Sar in 2005.

TOP THREE MAN UNITED PLAYERS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE ERA:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo.

2. Wayne Rooney.

3. Peter Schmeichel.

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