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Appreciating the 11 Manchester United players to join the Premier League 100 club

Cristiano Ronaldo became the latest inductee into the Premier League’s 100 club last month, bringing up a century of goals in England’s top division for Manchester United.

The greatest goalscorer in the history of football, international football, and the Champions League has now joined the Premier League‘s fabled group and has become the 11th player to have represented Manchester United and achieve the feat.

 

We’ve decided to look back at each of the previous players to do so.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 102

Ronaldo scored his 100th goal in the Premier League during the Red Devils’ defeat to Arsenal last month, before moving onto 102 goals with further strikes against Chelsea and Brentford.

The Portugal captain returned to Old Trafford last summer more than a decade after his initial departure and has enjoyed an impressive goalscoring return to the club, netting 24 goals across all competitions.

His first spell in England saw Ronaldo develop from exciting teenage talent to bonafide world superstar, inspiring the Red Devils to a hat-trick of Premier League titles and the Champions League.

His finest campaign came in 2007/08 as he scored 42 goals in all competitions, winning the Premier League, Champions League and a collection of individual honours that included his first Ballon d’Or.

Paul Scholes – 107

Scholes spent his entire career at Manchester United to become the most decorated English footballer of all time, racking up 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies among his major honours.

Having emerged from the club’s academy ranks as part of the fabled ‘Class of ’92’, he helped form the backbone of a side that dominated the division under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Regarded as one of the great midfielders of his generation, he scored 107 goals in the Premier League with his catalogue of efforts including some truly stunning strikes.

He ranks third for all-time appearances for the Red Devils, his 718 trailing only Ryan Giggs (963) and Sir Bobby Charlton (758).

Ryan Giggs – 109

Ryan Giggs ranks as the most successful footballer in British football history, having won 13 league titles during a glittering one-club career at Old Trafford.

Giggs burst onto the scene as a teenager and won back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards, before claiming the senior accolade for his role in the Red Devils’ 2008/09 title triumph.

The former Wales international scored 109 goals during his 23-year career at the highest level, whilst he also holds the record for most Premier League assists with 162 – 51 more than the next best player, Cesc Fabregas.

He is one of just three players to have reached a century for both metrics, alongside Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.

Dion Dublin – 111

Dion Dublin’s career with Manchester United was confined to just 12 league appearances and two goals, but the powerful forward forged a successful Premier League career at several other sides.

He scored 111 goals in the Premier League after impressive spells with Coventry and Aston Villa, winning the division’s Golden Boot with the former during the 1997/98 campaign, sharing the accolade alongside Michael Owen and Chris Sutton.

Romelu Lukaku – 118

Romelu Lukaku reached the Premier League’s 100 club during his time at Manchester United, having enjoyed prolific spells at West Brom and Everton before a £75m move to Old Trafford.

The Belgium international scored 28 league goals in 66 appearances across his two seasons with the Red Devils, before moving on to sign for Inter Milan in 2020.

Lukaku’s fine form in Serie A persuaded Chelsea – the club where he began his Premier League career – to bring the forward back to English football, but he has struggled to make an impression since his £97.5m club-record return to Stamford Bridge.

Dwight Yorke – 123

Sir Alex Ferguson sought increased firepower ahead of the 1998/99 campaign, having seen Arsenal claim a domestic double the previous season.

United signed Dwight Yorke from Aston Villa in a club-record deal and it proved an inspired purchase, as the forward starred during an unforgettable campaign that ended with Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League success.

Yorke was named as Premier League Player of the Season after winning the division’s Golden Boot, forming an iconic understanding with Andy Cole. He scored 48 league goals in 98 appearances for United before joining Blackburn in 2002.

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Robin van Persie – 144

Another superb signing for the Red Devils, Ferguson raided Premier League rivals Arsenal to sign Robin van Persie as the club looked to respond to Manchester City’s drought-breaking title.

Van Persie had been named as the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year in 2011/12, having scored 30 league goals for Arsenal to finish as the league’s leading scorer.

He won a second successive Golden Boot during a sensational first season at Old Trafford, including netting a hat-trick against Aston Villa as a record-extending 20th title was secured in Ferguson’s final season in charge.

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Teddy Sheringham – 146

Teddy Sheringham won the Premier League’s Golden Boot at Tottenham during the division’s inaugural season, before arriving at Manchester United in 1997 as an experienced replacement for the departed Eric Cantona.

The England international did a fine job in filling an impossible void, forming part of a brilliant four-man strikeforce alongside Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that inspired the Red Devils to treble success in 1998/99.

His goal and assist in stoppage-time dramatically swung that season’s Champions League final in United’s favour, whilst he claimed a Footballer of the Year double for his performances in 2000/01, his final season at Old Trafford.

Michael Owen – 150

Michael Owen’s finest football came in the colours of fierce rivals Liverpool, as the forward racked up 128 league goals following an exciting emergence at Anfield.

Spells with Real Madrid and Newcastle followed for the 2001 Ballon d’Or winner, before a controversial free transfer move to Old Trafford in 2009.

Owen’s career was on the slide during his time at Manchester United, though a Premier League winners’ medal and famous derby day winner against Manchester City proved highlights of his time with the club.

Andy Cole – 187

Just two players have ever scored more Premier League goals than Andy Cole, whose purple patch at Newcastle – including winning the 1993/94 Golden Boot – persuaded Manchester United to invest a British record fee in his services.

That £7m figure proved money well spent as Cole plundered in the goals across his seven seasons with the club, winning five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League.

Cole reached 20+ goals in all competitions in three consecutive campaigns for the Red Devils as he and Dwight Yorke tormented teams in tandem, whilst his failure to take penalties only adds to the narrative that his remains a goal record vastly under appreciated.

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Wayne Rooney – 206

Wayne Rooney became the greatest goalscorer in Manchester United’s history, spending 12 years with the Red Devils after his arrival from Everton.

The boy-wonder who burst onto the scene on Merseyside, he moved to Old Trafford in 2004 and soon established himself as one of the finest footballers the Premier League has seen.

Rooney scored 183 league goals for the Red Devils, the second-highest total one player has managed for a single club, and won every available major honour during a glittering career of success.

He became only the second player, after Alan Shearer, to reach 200+ goals in the division and his best seasons were spent scoring special goals in the colours of United.

Read – Iconic Performances: Peak Rooney sparkles in the San Siro

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