Top 10 Man Utd Goals of All Time

By on January 14, 2017

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A recent poll of fans on Manchester United’s best goal of all time saw Wayne Rooney’s winning goal in a derby match against Man City voted into the number one spot by almost half of those who took part. The goal, scored in the 2010/11 season, has been hailed as the greatest goal of the Premier League era, and helped Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to a record 19th English league title.

Read on to find out the rest of the fans’ favourites as we count down the top 10 Manchester United Premier League goals.

10. Mark Hughes v Sheffield Wednesday, 16th March 1994

A powerful goal, struck with precision on the half-volley from more than 30 yards away, cannoned into the net after hitting the underside of the crossbar. It was voted Man Utd’s best home goal in the Premier League, leaving Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kevin Pressman completely beaten.

9. Andrew Cole vs Leicester City, 6th November 1999

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer headed a long ball into the air, little appeared to be on the cards. But Andy Cole quickly leapt up and fired a superb scissor kick into the Stretford End goal, giving Tim Flowers no chance of stopping it. The skill, speed of thought and dexterity required to execute the goal earned Cole a place in the history books of United greats.

8. Wayne Rooney vs Bolton Wanderers, 17th March 2007

In one of the all-time great counter-attacks, Cristiano Ronaldo began by chesting down a loose ball inside Man Utd’s area. From that moment, it took Ronaldo and Rooney 13 seconds – and 10 touches – to fire the ball deep into Jussi Jaaskelainen’s goal.

7. Anthony Martial vs Stoke City, 2nd February 2016

Rooney, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Matteo Darmian all played their part in a goal that began deep inside the Reds’ half, but it was Martial who finished it off in deadly fashion, whipping it unstoppably into Jack Butland’s far corner. It was Martial’s ninth goal of the season for Manchester United.

6. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Portsmouth, 30th January 2008

The maestro, Cristiano Ronaldo, scored an amazing goal that Sir Alex Ferguson later called the “best free kick” he’d ever seen in the history of the Premier League. The kick was skilful, ferocious and accurate, the awesome power generated when Ronaldo had only a small area in which to work confirming his skills as mind-boggling.

5. Wayne Rooney vs Newcastle United, 24th April 2005

Nineteen-year-old Rooney was arguing with the ref one minute, but he soon turned his anger into an unstoppable, swerving, dipping volley that was just too powerful for Shay Given to stop.

4. Eric Cantona vs Sunderland, 21st December 1996

This was the signature goal of one of Man Utd’s greatest ever showmen. Eric Cantona’s measured chip in, off the top of the post, is one of his most iconic goals that is still talked about today. He lulled the defence into a false sense of security before an unexpected burst of pace saw him outwit goalkeeper Lionel Perez. It was followed by an almost slow-motion turn to all four stands to confirm he was the king.

3. Robin van Persie vs Aston Villa, 22nd April 2013

Scored on the night Man Utd clinched their 20th league title, Robin van Persie’s remarkable volley was voted the top goal by 6.6% of fans. His remorseless dispatch of the ball into the back of the net – assisted by a pass from Rooney – was almost unbelievable. The goal’s beauty was its apparent simplicity and the precision of its execution.

2. Dimitar Berbatov vs Blackburn Rovers, 27th November 2010

The second best goal, voted for by 30.5% of fans, was Dimitar Berbatov’s strike against Blackburn Rovers. From deep inside United’s own half, he calmly negotiated his way through traffic, assisted by Patrice Evra, spreading a precise pass wide to Nani. Berbatov then slotted the subsequent return high into the Stretford End goal.

1. Wayne Rooney vs Manchester City, 12th February 2011

A massive 46.4% of voters put Wayne Rooney’s winning goal in the top spot, also declaring it the best goal ever, by anyone! His most famous strike at Old Trafford had just about everything: technique, athleticism, power and improvisation. The fact that it was the winner in a hotly-contested derby match made it much sweeter for United fans. Rooney had saved the best ’til last, reserving his strike for the dying stages of the key Manchester derby.

Talking of goals, take a look at these predictions for the 2017 FA Cup – hint, it isn’t just Man Utd expected to perform well!

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