Top 50 Manchester United Players Of All Time : 10-1

Finally, the last in our series, the top 10 Manchester United players of all time as ranked by United author Wayne Barton.

For 50-41 click here,  40-31 click here, for 30-21, click here, and for 20-11 click here. After the announcement of number two, the different members of will list their own top ten.

Now, without further ado…

10 Paul Scholes

718 appearances, 155 goals

11 League titles, 3 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 2 Champions Leagues*, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Club World Cup, 5 Charity Shields

Well, you can count on this list being controversial just by the length of time it took me to put this top ten in order, and by virtue of Scholes being number ten. Some might go as far as describing him as the best English player ever.

There are three Paul Scholes’ — the 94-2001 box-to-box midfielder, the 2001-2006 refined playmaker and the 2006-2013 deep-lying genius. When including him on this list my guess is that most think of the latter two incarnations and mostly the last one, the Scholes who would hang around the halfway line bossing the tempo of the play with an outrageous range of passing.

It is probably the late renaissance which edges him behind the other midfielders in the top 10 for me; the fact that in earlier years he would often be dropped for bigger games moves others above him.

But what a player. Scorer of many sensational goals — strikes at Aston Villa and at home to Barcelona come instantly to mind — and maker of many more, there is a reason why so many of his peers list Scholes as the best they played with or against.

Wayne Barton

Wayne is a writer and producer. His numerous books on Manchester United include the family-authorised biography of Jimmy Murphy. He wrote and produced the BT Sport films 'Too Good To Go Down' in 2018, and 'True Genius', in 2021, both adapted from his books of the same name. In 2015 he was described by the Independent as the 'leading writer on Manchester United' and former club chairman Martin Edwards has described him as 'the pre-eminent writer on the club'.

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