Rank our top 10 forwards of the PL era

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    King7Eric Full Member

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    As the title says, who would be your top 10 Utd forwards in the PL era and in what order? I won't put Ronaldo in this list as he was primarily a winger during his time with us. So mine would be-

    1. Eric Cantona
    2. Wayne Rooney
    3. Ruud van Nistelrooy
    4. Andy Cole
    5. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer
    6. Dwight Yorke
    7. Robin van Persie
    8. Mark Hughes
    9. Dimitar Berbatov
    10. Carlos Tevez
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    99withaflake Full Member

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    Don’t need 10. Just Eric will do :D
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    This list makes me sad :(
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    1. Rooney
    2. RvP
    3. Ruud
    4. Cantona
    5. Ole
    6. Cole
    7. Sheringham
    8. Berba
    9. Yorke
    10. Tevez
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    Massive Spanner Thinks Geoff Shreeves has one

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    lolwhut? Any list without Cantona as #1, and with RvP ahead of Ruud, and Berba ahead of Yorke is null and void.
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    iHicksy Full Member

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    Let's all have the exact same list then shall we? You live up to your username.
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    marukomu The Gatekeeper

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    No Saha?
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    King7Eric Full Member

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    Well for me Tevez and Berba bought more success than Saha did, but its a matter of personal choice.
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    Treble Full Member

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    Ronaldo was a forward in the last 2 seasons here and scored 42 and 26 goals respectively, helping us win 3 big trophies (CL + 2 PL titles). He belongs there.
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    Rooney is our top scorer of all time, so I don't think it's too crazy to have him number 1.

    Mine would be (if we're not saying Ronnie):

    1. Cantona
    2. Rooney
    3. Cole
    4. RVN
    5. RVP
    6. Yorke
    7. Ole
    8. Sheringham
    9/10. Hughes/Berbatov/Hernandez
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    1. Cantona (Purely based on influence)
    2. Ruud (Best finisher in PL history)
    3. Rooney (Record speaks for itself)
    4. Cole (Our best striker of the four)
    5. RVP (Purely because he single handed won us #20)
    6. Berbatov (Excellent touch. Was immense in 10/11)
    7. Solskjaer (Best sub ever)
    8. Tevez (Brilliant in 07/08)
    9. Yorke (Excellent in 98/99 but dropped off after that)
    10. Chicharito (Game changer)

    Had to leave out Sheringham, Ibra, Lukaku, Saha and Hughes (Purely because his best years were pre-PL Era).
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    Ronaldo started most games from the wings in 07/08. It was only during the latter half of his last season here that he started games as and out and out CF.
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    This would be my list with Hughes above Sheringham and Hernandez over Berba. I loved the guy and his flair but his production was not good enough.
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    Teddy ahead of Hughes and Tevez??
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    The 99 CL Final goal puts him ahead for me.

    But you could easily have Hughes ahead of him and thats totally fair

    Tevez only gave us two seasons, and his time with us mostly makes me annoyed that he became so much better after us then he was with us. I mean, for us it was his work-rate and terrier-like mentality that were his stand out attributes - but at time's he'd struggle to trap a bag of sand... where as at City and beyond he became so much better technically whilst maintaining the work-rate..
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    Cantona
    Rooney
    RVN
    Cole
    RVP
    York
    Ole
    Tevez
    Berbatov
    Saha
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    Massive Spanner Thinks Geoff Shreeves has one

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    Good list, that.

    You do have a point around Rooney but I think Cantona was far more influential than him even though it was in a much shorter period of time.
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    Massive Spanner Thinks Geoff Shreeves has one

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    I think there is a lot of revisionism on here when it comes to Tevez, maybe because he was so good for City after he left? But he was never really amazing for us, he had glimpses here and there and a good partnership with Rooney at times for sure I don't think he did enough in 2 years here to be in the top 10. He only had a 1 in 3 record with us!
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    Fair enough, but I still think in his first season here he was very good and bounced off Rooney and Ronaldo very well. It is something that is perhaps not stated enough, but given how those two had such a fantastic partnership, finding an attacker who didn't stick out like a sore thumb or become a third wheel wasn't easy. He complimented Rooney and Ronaldo very well. It was something Berba struggled with in the following season leading us to use the workman like Park with the Rooney/Ronaldo combo for the bigger matches.

    But i understand what both you guys are saying and its fair enough.
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    Can we please stop with this civil discussion now? This isn't what this forum is about!
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    Give me a moment while I get my pitchfork out. :devil::devil:
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    Massive Spanner Thinks Geoff Shreeves has one

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    Fair eno... I mean, feck you!
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    No Aguero nor Hazard?
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    1. Rooney
    2. Cantona
    3. Ruud
    4. Cole
    5. RVP
    6. Tevez
    7. Yorke
    8. Ole
    9. Saha
    10. Ibra
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    Well I missed the games they were playing for Utd, so can't really put them in there. ;)
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    devilish Juventus fan who used to support United

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    I thought this thread was about our best strikers. So why are we mentioning Berbatov? He was SAF's second most expensive flop
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    1. Rooney
    2. Cantona
    3. Cole
    4. Van Nistlerooy
    5. Yorke
    6. Solskjaer
    7. Tevez
    8. Van Persie
    9. Hughes
    10. Berbatov
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    devilish Juventus fan who used to support United

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    That's because he was a no 10. His job wasn't to score goals but to work hard, drop deep and create the right environment for Ronaldo to score goals. Tevez scored 19 goals during the 3rd CL win campaign, 2 goals more then Rooney. That's amazing.
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    1. King Eric
    2. RVN
    3. Rooney
    4. RVP
    5. Cole
    6. Yorke
    7. Solskjaer
    8. Hughes
    9. Zlatan
    10. Berbatov.






    999. Romelu Lukaku.
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    Massive Spanner Thinks Geoff Shreeves has one

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    Yes it was.

    He was part of a front two as a forward, not a midfielder. His job was absolutely to score goals.
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    Yeah I thought for a second I have entered another forum or something.
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    Murder on Zidane's Floor You'd better not kill Giroud

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    Cantona for his run of scoring the winner in five one nil wins.

    Dragged us to that title.
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    Murder on Zidane's Floor You'd better not kill Giroud

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    Teddy was our top scorer and helped us win a title post 99. Think a lot of people forget that.
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    Nah. He's above Tevez, Zlatan, Chicharito and Lukaku (for now). Maybe even Teddy.
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    devilish Juventus fan who used to support United

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    He wasn't. The team was built around Ronaldo who was given carte blanche to forget anything remotely linked to workrate and just score goals. In fact during the 3rd CL campaign Rooney scored less goals then Tevez as both sacrificed alot to allow space to Ronaldo to focus on what he knows best ie score goals.


    If we only focus on goals then the likes of Hughes and Sheringham would struggle to make that list while RVN would be the Jesus christ of Manchester United
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    A lot talking about impact being a factor. If you sort by titles per season, Cantona is way out in front in terms of impact over the longer term, given that Tevez only played for 2 seasons.

    Yorke, Sheringham, Cole and Solksjaer all had the biggest impact over 4 or more seasons after Cantona. Hughes also had a decent impact given that he was in the latter years of his career, but only played 3 PL Seasons.

    Rooney, RVP and Ruud all had good goals to games ratios, but these goals didn't have as much of an impact in terms of title success.

    Player-Appearances-Goals-Seasons-Titles-Goals Per Game Ratio-Titles Per Season Ratio

    Carlos Tevez-63-19-2-2-0.30-1.00
    Eric Cantona-198-5-4.66-4-0.29-0.86
    Dwight Yorke-92-48-4-3-0.52-0.75
    Teddy Sheringham-104-31-4-3-0.30-0.75
    Andy Cole-195-93-7-5-0.48-0.71
    Mark Hughes-111-35-3-2-0.32-0.67
    Ole Gunnar Solksjaer-235-91-11-6-0.39-0.55
    Dimitar Berbatov-108-48-4-2-0.44-0.50
    Javier Hernandez-103-37-4.05-2-0.36-0.49
    Louis Saha-86-28-4.5-2-0.33-0.44
    Wayne Rooney-393-183-13-5-0.47-0.38
    RVP-86-48-3-1-0.56-0.33
    Ruud Van Nistelrooy-150-95-5-1-0.63-0.20
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    devilish Juventus fan who used to support United

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    On Chica I agree. On the others I don't. Zlatan was pretty much our team during his first season with us. He papered the cracks. Tevez played a magnificent role in the 3rd CL campaign. Lukaku scores plenty of goals for us and Teddy played an important role in the treble

    We could have easily lived without Berba. In fact he was nothing more then a luxury signing who would score 5 against Blackburn only to barely show up in CL matches. In fact I think he spent a period of 2 years without even scoring in the CL.
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    Rooney
    Cantona
    Cole
    Yorke
    Ole
    Teddy
    Van Nistelrooy
    Van Persie
    Hughes
    Falcao
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    In the 10/11 season, during the first half of the season when Rooney wasn't scoring it was Berba and Chicharito who carried us. I think that season Berba had 20 goals by January in all competitions. Of course if memory serves me correct he didn't score after January that season but it didn't matter as Rooney had woken up and carried us to the title. But Berba's contributions during the first half of that season shouldn't be ignored.