Manchester United Legends
Alex Ferguson described Eric Cantona as “…the catalyst for the Championships. He brought a vision that we did not have before. Although I thought we were getting there, Cantona certainly accelerated it. He was an absolutely phenomenal player.” In just over four years at United, Cantona was an essential part of the club winning the League Championship four times. This was exceptional considering that the club had not won it for 26 years. Cantona, like George Best, was worshipped by the fans who called him ‘the King’, or ‘God’.
It can be said, without a shadow of a doubt, that Bobby Charlton is one of the best international footballers that the world has ever seen, as well as being one of the most talented English football players of all times. Despite being injured in his debut match for Manchester United against Charlton Athletic in 1956, he made an immediate impact scoring twice; United walking away with a 4 – 2 win. After 758 appearances, Charlton left United in May 1973 with an incredible 249 goals under his belt.
Denis Law is one of Manchester United’s true living legends. Laws flair, spirit and genuine love of the game earned him the nickname “The King” and his glorious reign lasted thirteen years. After playing for Huddersfield, Manchester City and Torino, Matt Busby enticed him back to England to play for The Red Devils in 1962. After the Munich Air Disaster, Law was part of the formula that helped rebuild the team. Law made his debut and scored his first goal for Manchester United in August 1962 against West Bromwich Albion. In his 404 appearances he scored 237 goals – making him second highest goal scorer of all time in Manchester United history.
When the name George Best is heard, everyone knows who he is – whether for his footballing talent and charisma or his controversial lifestyle off the pitch. A common description of his place in football history is summed up by the quote “Maradona good, Pele better; George Best”. Best was discovered in Belfast, aged 15, by Manchester United scout Bob Bishop and went to make his First Division debut for ‘The Red Devils’ aged 17 in 1963 in a 1-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion. Due to his playing style, Best was a hit at United scoring 179 goals from 470 appearances over 11 years until he unexpectedly quit Manchester United in 1974 aged 27.
Ryan Giggs played a record 963 times for the club, scoring 168 goals, having won 13 Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League medals. Giggs is the most decorated player in English football history, he was the first player to win two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards (1992 & 1993), though he did not win the PFA Player of the Year Award until 2009. He is the only player to have scored in every season of the Premier League and also holds the record for the most assists in Premier League history.