Man Utd’s Greatest All-Time Premier League XI – But Only Picking One Player From Each Country

​This no football malarky is rubbish, isn’t it?

A halt couldn’t have come at a worse time for Manchester United fans; their best patch of form this season sees them firmly back in contention for a top-four spot, with Bruno-mania well and truly running wild at Old Trafford, brother.

But just as Bruno Fernandes signs and takes the Premier League by storm, a global pandemic slithers out of nowhere and saves the rest of the clubs in the league from the Portuguese maestro. Not Hulk Hogan, as previously hinted.

We could roll it back and take a look at the best players to ever do it in the Premier League for United, but that would be too easy…

So instead, here’s a team of Manchester United’s greatest Premier League players – with each nationality only allowed to be represented once.


Peter Schmeichel (GK)

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When it comes to goalkeepers, Manchester United have been fortunate enough to have some of the best in that position. And Massimo Taibi.

Schmeichel’s consistent heroics for United saw them enjoy one of their most successful spells ever, throughout the 1990s. The Denmark international was the man between the sticks for that treble-winning season in 1999, as well as a number of years previous, where he produced some simply mind-blowing stops.

The Great Dane blemished his reputation among United fans with a move to rivals Manchester City in 2002, but that will never overrule his incredibly successful eight years at Old Trafford.


Antonio Valencia (RB)

Antonio Valencia

Admittedly, Antonio Valencia will never be remembered as United’s best right-back, but he was certainly a more than important servant to the club during his 10-year stay.

The Ecuadorian initially joined the club as a right midfielder in 2009, but slowly transitioned into a right-back after a brief period as United’s number 7, where he would remain for the rest of his time in Manchester. Valencia was named club captain in 2018, and left a year later having made 339 appearances for the Red Devils.


Nemanja Vidic (CB)

Nemanja Vidic


Forging an incredible partnership with Rio Ferdinand during his peak years, Nemanja Vidic is without doubt one of United’s greatest centre-backs.

Praised for his leadership qualities and physical style of play, the Serbian was vital in the late 2000s for Manchester United, and helped them to five Premier League titles and a Champions League in 2008, among many other trophies, in his eight years with the club.


Ronny Johnsen (CB)

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All great centre-backs need the perfect partner to accompany them in the defence, and Ronny Johnsen was exactly that to Jaap Stam in 1999.

Johnsen is perhaps the dark horse of this list, but it’s easy to forget that the Norwegian enjoyed a mostly successful stint with United in the late 90s, and was a part of the treble-winning squad in the 1998/99 season, which cannot go unnoticed.


Patrice Evra (LB)

Patrice Evra

“I loveeeee this game!”

The words of every Xbox and PS4 owner as they enter their eighth hour in a single day playing Call of Duty under lockdown, but also the words of Patrice Evra, who became a fanfavourite at United between 2006 and 2014.

Evra’s leadership qualities and passion for the club was enough for fans alone, but his performances throughout the late 2000s for the club were also impeccable, with Sir Alex Ferguson heaping praise onto the Frenchman various times throughout his career.


Cristiano Ronaldo (RM)

Cristiano Ronaldo

Hold back the tears, United fans. I know.

One of the greatest professional footballers ever, and still one of the two best players in the game today at 35 years old, Cristiano Ronaldo lit up the pitch at the Theatre of Dreams from 2003 to 2009, before making the move to Real Madrid.

Primarily a left-winger in his time at United, the Portugal international was electric. Fans will never forget his partnership with Wayne Rooney in the 2007/08 season, where he bagged 42 goals in all competitions.


Roy Keane (CM)

Roy Keaneof Man Utd and Valdes of Barcelona

Another one whose leadership skills and aggression sometimes overshadowed his technical prowess, Roy Keane is one of United’s greatest captains.

The Irishman won 17 major trophies in 12 years at United, and his performances in midfield see him recognised as one of the best in his position. A midfield maestro and all-round hard man, Keano was – and still is – never one to be messed with.


Park Ji-sung (CM)

Manchester United's South Korean midfiel

Signing for United in 2005 from Dutch side PSV, Korean midfielder Park Ji-sung became known for his versatility in midfield and his exceptional fitness and tireless work rate, which earned him the nickname ‘Three-lungs Park’.

Park was an incredible servant to the Red Devils during his seven-year stay with the club. Often deployed in big games, Sir Alex Ferguson famously stated that leaving him out of the squad in the 2008 Champions League final win against ​Chelsea was one of the hardest decisions he ever made.


Ryan Giggs (RM)

Javier Zanetti and Ryan Giggs

One of the most decorated footballers ever, the record holder for most Premier League assists, and a magnificent perm in his heyday, Ryan Giggs has done it all.

The Welsh winger spent his 24-year long senior career at United, and won 13 Premier Leagues, two Champions Leagues and much more, as his performances wowed fans every time. He would transition from a pacy winger into a midfielder toward the end of his career, spanning over 1,000 appearances, and served as interim-manager for four games in 2014.


Wayne Rooney (ST)

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He holds the records for the most goals scored for both Manchester United and England, and is no doubt one of the best players England has ever seen.

Rooney bagged a hat-trick in the Champions League on his debut for United in 2004, which was the start of an immense 13 years with the club, where he picked up 16 pieces of silverware. Despite his decline in his latter years, Rooney will forever be remembered as a United and England legend. 


Ruud van Nistelrooy (ST)

Ruud Van Nistelrooy

One of the greatest strikers to ever grace the Premier League, Ruud van Nistelrooy scored an incredible 150 goals in 219 games in all competitions for Manchester United.

Ruud joined the club in a slightly less successful period during the early 2000s, and left United having only won four major trophies. Despite a rocky end to his stay in Manchester after five seasons however, he will forever be loved by United fans for his outstanding ability in front of goal.


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Marcus Rashford Discusses Bruno Fernandes, Childhood Heroes, Favourite Man Utd Goal & More

​Stuck indoors with little respite from lockdown in sight, nothing to talk about and very little to do, in the end, what entertains us most is what other people say or do. That’s the be-all and end-all, so when Marcus Rashford took part in a Q&A, we were blessed with a plethora of talking points.

Currently out injured – not that it matters anyway – the Manchester United forward had a chance to open the floor to his vast array of fans, talking all things football, some things not football, and a few things that involve neither a foot nor a ball.


It was Bleacher Report who were those hosting the show, all done live via their ​Instagram page. As you’d expect, the questions came flooding in for the ​Premier League ace who was happy to discuss all manner of topics in an engaging Q&A. 

Starting off with his chosen occupation, ​Rashford opened up on the arrival of Bruno Fernandes – who he is yet to play alongside – and how he’s looking forward to a fruitful on-field relationship with the new signing.

“He’s [Bruno Fernandes] creative and very forward thinking,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be good playing with him. Hopefully we can have some good times together.”

In terms of his idols growing up, the forward struggled to choose one, instead going for two (shock) United legends. He’s a Red Devil himself, so it’s no surprise, and neither were his choices.

“Rooney and Ronaldo,” he unsurprisingly claimed. “Just watching them closely when they were playing, they were young and full of energy. It was a great experience watching them.”

He extended beyond that with his favourite United goal, and no guesses for which one it is, as it happened only back in October and it was pretty darn special. He did caveat that, though, throwing in his ‘biggest’ goal into the mix.

“Favourite goal? Probably the free-kick against Chelsea, but the goal that was the biggest was PSG. In the circumstances we were in we knew we had to go there and win,” he added.

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Enough of career goals and idols for now, what about the parts of the game players rarely discuss; y’know, like skill moves? It’s not often spoken about by current stars, but Rashford singled out his favourite trick of the lot. Weirdly, given he’s become known for his ‘flip-flaps’, he opted for something else.

He concluded: “Favourite skill move? I’m a big fan of the step-over. It’s simple but very effective to cross or shoot.”


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Marcus Rashford Like Totally Confirms Man Utd Will Sign Jadon Sancho on Instagram Live

​Marcus Rashford has 100% confirmed that Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho is going to be successful and the pair will be playing together at Old Trafford next season. 

Or, he’s said a few things online and merely stated he ‘hopes’ the pair can play together in the near future. Hmm, let’s delve into this one.


A standstill in football has made rumours come to the fore once more – this despite there being no transfer window for some time – pushing speculation around Sancho’s future to centre stage yet again.

No need to list his ​Borussia Dortmund stats this season since you’ve heard them all before, but basically, Sancho is immense and people want his signature. Plenty do, in fact, but ​90min understands that ​United are at the front of the queue at present and pursuing him ahead of a potential summer move.

So when ​Rashford signed up to do an Instagram Q&A with ​Bleacher Report, naturally a question or two about his international teammate cropped up. He made no bones about his admiration for the forward (why wouldn’t he) and in light of whether he’s a player he’d like to lineup alongside, he duly concurred (obviously).

Expect to read plenty of headlines along the lines of ‘Marcus Rashford Demands Man Utd Secure Jadon Sancho Deal’, but before you get ahead of yourself, take a minute and think: What would I say if you were asked that question? Yes, exactly.

Jadon Sancho,Marcus Rashford

“It would be good [if Jadon Sancho joined United]. Sancho is a great player,” the striker said. “He’s like the new generation player. It’s definitely exciting to watch the player he’s becoming – hopefully we can all play together. That would be good.

“He plays off the cuff, he’s creative, he’s imaginative and I think they’re the thing in this generation that you need.”

Look, we all know that a plethora of sides are after Sancho – that much is blatantly clear. We also know that United are looking good in that pursuit, but don’t be swayed by an eventual tsunami of online nonsense as all kinds of stories emerge from these quotes.

Rashford is a fan of Sancho – we all are – he plays with him for England and he’s more than likely a close friend. He’s hardly going to slate him, is he? Make what you will of the comments, but don’t go too overboard.


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Man Utd Tipped to Renew Interest in Juventus Defender Matthijs de Ligt

​Manchester United are apparently ready to renew their interest in Juventus centre back Matthijs de Ligt ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The Netherlands international has spent the last nine months in Turin following a £77m move from Ajax, where de Ligt – together with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong – was the star of Erik ten Hag’s side that reached the Champions League semi-finals.

De Ligt has largely struggled somewhat making the move to Juventus, prompting ESPN to regurgitate news about Manchester United’s interest in the 20-year-old defender.

Matthijs De Ligt

ESPN’s report says United are prepared to renew their interest in de Ligt once the transfer window opens, stating the centre back is still viewed as an ideal addition to their project under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Eventually, ESPN do point out that it’s not in any way likely Juventus will cash in on their new defender just one year into de Ligt’s career at the club.

And while Manchester United might be prepared to act if Juventus decide to cut their losses, the Bianconeri don’t have enough back-up to warrant selling the club’s third most expensive signing of all time.

On top of the ageing Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, Daniele Rugani hasn’t convinced anyone over his long-term future since joining from Empoli, while Merih Demiral (while highly rated) struggled to break into Maurizio Sarri’s first team before picking up a cruciate ligament injury.


ESPN don’t suggest how much any deal between de Ligt and Manchester United could cost, although they do point out how long-term target Kalidou Koulibaly is still on their radar ahead of the new season.

If Manchester United’s decision-makers do give the green light to signing a new defender, Solskjaer will likely be forced to offload one of his current options once the transfer window reopens.

Harry Maguire will be going nowhere and Victor Lindelöf’s future should also be secure, but Eric Bailly (contracted until 2022), Axel Tuanzebe (2022) or Phil Jones (2023) might have to be moved on to make room for any new signings.


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Dortmund Stick to High Price Tag for Jadon Sancho Despite COVID-19 Crisis

Borussia Dortmund are refusing to budge from their initial €110m valuation of winger Jadon Sancho​, despite the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on world football.

The young England winger has put the footballing world on watch since moving to Dortmund in 2017 from Manchester City, with his scintillating performances in Germany generating interest from several in the Premier League.

And while it seems the German club’s hands may finally be tied ahead of this summer’s transfer window, Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano (here we go!) has revealed that Dortmund will only part with the 20-year-old for a fee of around €110m (£97.5m).

The journalist further confirmed that Manchester United have been in contact with Sancho’s agent, as a move to Old Trafford is explored.

Dortmund however are yet to receive an official bid for Sancho, and it is believed that any kind of move ‘won’t be a quick deal’, especially with the impact that the coronavirus has had on the football calendar so far.

Chelsea and Man City have previously been linked with a move for Sancho, as have Liverpool. 

Jadon Sancho

​Manchester United forward ​Marcus Rashford is believed to be a close friend of Sancho’s, as is midfielder Angel Gomes, which could influence a decision on where the winger decides to play his football ahead of next season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side currently sit fifth in the Premier League, and remain in a battle for Champions League qualification. With uncertainty looming over how various football seasons will be concluded, plus the possibility of no Champions League football next season for United, it could further complicate any potential deal.


Still, ​90min learned last month that United remain confident that they can financially outmuscle any competition to land Sancho.

Sancho has managed 17 goals and 19 assists in all competitions for ​Dortmund this season, and is currently the third-top scorer in the Bundesliga.

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