The 5 Greatest Manchester United Defenders of All Time

The Greatest Manchester United Defenders of All Time

Manchester United is one of the World's most successful and widely popular clubs in the world and they have had an uncountable number of great players who have graced the club in different eras. Manchester United presently one of the richest football clubs, was founded in the year 1878 and the club presently competes in the Premier League with Old Trafford being the name of the stadium. 

Manchester United is the most successful club in England as they have won a total of 66 Trophies since the creation of the club. 

The club has won 20 Premier League titles, 12 FA Cups, 5 Football League Cup, 21 Community shield, 3 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup Winner's Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup , 1 UEFA Super Cup and 1 intercontinental cup. 

Thanks to dozens of World class players who brought additional popularity to the club over time, their trophy cabinet is full and made up of various trophies that any football club might want to achieve. 

Manchester United is referred to as the Red Devils and since the history of the club, they have been host to many great players and in this article, we bring to you a list of the Best Manchester United defenders of all time. 

So stick on to this article and discover the listing of the best ever Manchester United Defenders and it is of no doubt that you may probably know some and the others you may have surely just heard about them. 

Listing of the Best Manchester United Defenders of All Time 

Nemanja Vidic 

Nemanja Vidic is a former professional footballer  who was born on 21st October 1981 in Yugoslavia and during his career as a footballer, he played as a Centre back for Manchester United. He represented Manchester United for a long period from the year 2006 to the year 2014 and was also part of the Serbian national team in from 2002 to 2011. 

Vidic alongside Rio Ferdinand, they formed an amazing partnership and was widely regarded as one of the best defense duos during their era. Nermanja Vidic has played 300 games for Manchester United  and has scored 21 goals. 

During his years with Manchester United, he won numerous trophies including; 5 Premier League titles, 1UEFA Champions League, 3 English League Cups, 1 FIFA Clubs World Cup and 7 English Super Cups. 

Gary Neville 

The next on our list of the best Premier League defenders of all time  is the right back player by name Garry Neville who is presently on retirement at 46 years. 

During his 19 years of career, he only played in the Premier League with the club Manchester United from the year 1999 to the year 2011. During his career at the red devils, he made a total of 602 appearances winning as many as 8 Premier League titles.

Gary Neville is also seen as one of the most decorated English and European players. In total at Manchester United, he won 20 trophies including two UEFA Champions League titles. 

At international level, he stands as the most capped English right back ever with a total of 85 appearances that he made for England between 1995 and 2007. 

After Ryan Giggs, Garry Neville was considered as the second longest serving player at Manchester United. 

The English right back Garry Neville was a more physical player with hard tackles on the ball and an aggressive manner of player and this actually made him more of a traditional defender.

Rio Ferdinand  

The 3rd Centre back on our list is Rio Ferdinand who is a 42 years old English footballer who served top Premier teams. For the majority years of his career, he played for Manchester United ( 12 years ) between 2002 to 2014 and he is also considered as one of the most decorated English players ever. 

Rio Ferdinand succeeded in winning almost all of his club trophies including a total of six Premier League titles with Manchester United. 

In the year 1997 - 1998 he received the individual honour of West Ham's Hammer of the year and also he is seen as one of the best defenders that has ever played for Manchester United and the English national team.

Rio Ferdinand is a well Known Manchester United Center back, even though he is actually a product of West Ham but he played the greater part of his career with the Red devils. 

Rio Ferdinand made the most number of appearances for Manchester United during his career, 312 appearances which was far above the number of appearances that he made for his parent club West Ham. 

Steve Bruce 

Stephen Roger Bruce is an English professional football manager and former player who played as a centre back for the Red Devils for 9 years. He played for Manchester United for 9 years and  won many titles and is considered as one of the best Manchester United Defenders of all time

He made 414 appearances for the Red Devils and score 51 goals even though he played as a Centre back. He won numerous trophies during his time at the Red Devils and among these trophies include; 3 Premier League titles, 3 English FA Cups, 1 English League Cup, 1 UEFA Cup Winners Cup, 3 English Super Cups and 1 UEFA Super Cup. 

Denis Irwin 

Denis Irwin was born in the year 1965 in Cork, Ireland and he played as a left back for the Red Devils from the period of 1990 to 2002. 

Irwin is best known for his long and successive stint at Manchester United where he established himself as one of the most important players in the Manchester United Squad. 

Denis played in 456 games for Manchester United, scored 33 goals and provided 23 assists thereby standing second as the club's most decorated player as he won 7 Premier League titles, 3 English FA Cups, 1 Champions League, 1 English League Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 UEFA Cup winners Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup and 4 English Super Cups.