The best strikers are rarely the glory-hunters; they are the team players, just as likely to pass as to shoot in the box, creating confusion and disorganisation in the defensive lines. And Manchester United has had some of the best in the business in the Premier League era. Here’s to United’s front-men since 1992.
You don’t have to go deep into the history books to find the striker who has re-written the rules on goalscoring. Wayne Rooney beat Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record in 2017 when he reached 250 goals for United – and it took Charlton four seasons longer to reach 249. We all know that Rooney is much more than a goalscorer, of course. Surely he’s a shoo-in?
Cristiano Ronaldo, football’s current most famous player, had a six-season spell at United between 2003 and 2009, and it’s where he truly staked his claim as being the world’s best, a title that would be unquestioned were it not for a guy called Lionel over at Barcelona. While in Manchester, a club and city he clearly still loves, he managed to score 84 goals, and would probably have been the one to take Charlton’s record had he stayed.
Another player whose obvious affection for the club matches his record is Eric Cantona. A rare example of a United player who is loved by fans and rivals alike, Cantona exemplified the Manchester swagger and, during five amazing years, scored 64 goals.
Dutchmen Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie will no doubt feature in many a dream team. Ruud managed 95 goals in 150 appearances in all competitions, while Robin reached 48 goals in just 86 appearances.
Although he was part of the starting line-up in the 2001/02 season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is remembered as one of Fergie’s most deadly subs, most famously in the 1999 Champions League final, when his name entered United folklore. His 91 goals in 235 appearances look deceptively small until you start counting the minutes he played.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic might only have had a short spell at United, but he has made an incredible impact. With Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, whose futures look incredibly bright, the current front line is a strike force to be reckoned with. But will any of these current options make it into your all-time 11?