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.
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
- Ryan Giggs
- Sir Bobby Charlton
- Paul Scholes
- William Foulkes
- Gary Neville
- Wayne Rooney
- Alex Stepney
- Tony Dunne
- Denis Irwin
- Joe Spence
- Arthur Albiston
- Roy Keane
- Brian McClair
- George Best
- Mark Hughes
- Michael Carrick
- Bryan Robson
- Martin Buchan
- Rio Ferdinand
- Jack Silcock
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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