Manchester United’s win over Watford in their last league fixture of the season marked their 1,000th Premier League game.
As such, it was an appropriate time to adjudge who has been the greatest Red Devil of the Premier League era.
Manchester United have won no less than 13 titles since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, enabled by legends such as Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, and Gary Neville under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The fans’ vote as requested by the club saw Cristiano Ronaldo get the nod as United’s greatest Premier League player with 24% of the vote, ahead of Ryan Giggs (a winner of all 13 titles) on 21%, and Paul Scholes on 17%.
The club have appropriately broadcasted each of his 84 goals for the Red Devils in England’s top league on their YouTube channel.
Ronaldo, who recently secured his fifth Champions League trophy, joined the club in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon.
It’s fascinating to watch his growth over the years from a precociously talented show-pony to one of the most potent strikers in football. The 2007/08 season wherein the Portuguese superstar claimed the golden boot with 31 goals is a particular highlight.
Elsewhere in the fan vote, Wayne Rooney won best goal for his astonishing overhead kick against Manchester City in 2011, while the best game again involved United’s derby rivals, with their amazing last-gasp 4-3 win over the Blue half of Manchester in 2010.