When this Manchester United side look for the keys to rediscovering success, one important factor is longevity.

Four of Manchester United’s top six all-time highest appearance makers came in the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Success of course enhances a players’ prospects of being kept around, and yet, it takes a special player to keep on performing at a high level.

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Sir Alex Ferguson was often ruthless, moving players on when he felt they had lost their appetite and hunger for success. Dwight Yorke was one who fell victim of this.

Below is a list of United’s top 20 appearance makers of all time.

11 of the top 20 played under Sir Alex, including Ryan Giggs, who is by considerable distance, United’s most capped player.

 

Manchester United’s all-time appearance makers

  1. Ryan Giggs

    963

  2. Sir Bobby Charlton

    758

  3. Paul Scholes

    718

  4. William Foulkes

    688

  5. Gary Neville

    602

  6. Wayne Rooney

    559

  7. Alex Stepney

    539

  8. Tony Dunne

    535

  9. Denis Irwin

    529

  10. Joe Spence

    510

  11. Arthur Albiston

    485

  12. Roy Keane

    480

  13. Brian McClair

    471

  14. George Best

    470

  15. Mark Hughes

    467

  16. Michael Carrick

    464

  17. Bryan Robson

    461

  18. Martin Buchan

    456

  19. Rio Ferdinand

    455

  20. Jack Silcock

    449

Sir Alex Ferguson’s key men contributed to his haul of 13 Premier League titles as a manager. And that was just the start.

Some came through the academy, like Giggs, Neville and Scholes, while others were signings, like Keane, Ferdinand, and Rooney.

Rooney used appearances very productively, becoming United’s highest ever goalscorer.

Of the team’s current players, David de Gea is closest to joining this list – but if he leaves the club in the summer, he is unlikely to crack the top 20.

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