Ask me again next week and it'll probably change. My most controversial pick is obviously Tevez but I loved watching him for us. Still do when I see games from the 07-09 era. He gets bonus points for recently saying, yes, Pirlo was great, but he's no Scholes.
Bryan Robson - the reason I initially began supporting Utd, before Fergie arrived actually.
Cantona - a iconic cult hero. Such an important figure in the rise of Utd - both on the pitch and commercially.
Beckham - a great player in so many ways, and another truly iconic star.
Ince - a really important one for me as ‘black British’ kid, just Loved him and how he played.
Rooney - signing him at the exact right time and watching him develop and then into his prime was incredible. Such a great, natural footballer. So pure a player. His prime also coinciding with such a golden era for Utd was magical as well.
And extra 1 because I want one more…
Lee Sharpe! What a star.
Great days. Thinking back on these makes me think of moments like Mark Robbins / Lee Martin’s goal, Utd’s first PL, the Rooney - Ronaldo era.
If I could put Roy Keane in twice I would. He just sums up what's wrong with United the last number of years. I really love the no nonsense players at United who give a solid 8/10 minimum every match.
1) Roy Keane - There has been no better Captain in World football ever or any sport for that matter. If he got the United job tomorrow he'd end up in Jail with the cowboys here at the minute.
2) Rooney - His work rate was out of this World. Just Fantastic all round player. He could do everything.
3) Nemanja Vidic - What a defender. No nonsense approach and would put his head where most others players wouldn't.
4) Eric Cantona - What an ego and what a player.
5) Paul Scholes - Head down, get on with the game and break people up with his terrible tackles . But what a fecking player he was, could land a football on a needle.
1. Cantona. The nr. 1 reason I'm a United fan. I wasn't a particularly impressionable child but I popped up my collar to be like Cantona.
2. Schmeichel. Grew up in Denmark so my favorite players were Danish and Cantona.
3. Beckham. Popular figure, scored cool goals and I was a right midfielder (wingers were barely a thing at the time). Had more common with Giggs than Beckham but my child brain couldn't associate myself with a left footed player.
4. Solskjær. He overcame my dislike for Norwegian players (side effect of growing up in Denmark). CL 99, all those goals, hard worker and team player. Model professional like Beckham. Always loved those types of players the most.