Manchester United’s Top 10 PL Goals

Ever since the Premier League was started back in 1992 Manchester United have gone from strength to strength. 12 League titles, most wins, most goals scored, and thanks to a bullet header from a certain Cristiano Ronaldo against Middlesbrough, United were also the team to reach 1000 goals first. The Premier League has been United’s league, and with Arsenal and Chelsea both having 9 less titles than us we can rightfully claim it to be our trophy. It is very hard to create a Top 10 list of our best Premiership goals the last 19 years, but here is the choice based on quality, magnitude, and being the type of goal only a Manchester United player could score.

10. The Long Range Strike: David Beckham vs Wimbledon – August 1996 @ Selhurst Park

We all remember this goal, don’t we? A pale, rather unknown David Beckham, receiving the ball within his own half, looking up and having a shot which travelled straight into the net, leaving !”#! stranded. Scored on the opening day of the 1996/97 season, our youngsters had already proved that United actually could win with kids, collecting the League title the year before. Although young David had proven his quality the year before, leading United to a League and cup double, this was the goal that really kick started his career. Fame, fortune, and comparisons to the great Pele came his way after this magnificent goal. David Beckham was born.

Honorable mentions: Mark Hughes vs Sheffield Wednesday – March 1994, & Danny Welbeck vs Stoke – November 2008

9. The Volley: Wayne Rooney vs Newcastle United – April 2005 @ Old Trafford

The 2004/05 season is probably the darkest we have had at Manchester United since Eric Cantona was suspended for 9 months a previous 10 years ago. We started the season without a suspended Rio Ferdinand, Carroll and Howard took turns making colossal mistakes in our goal, Ruud went injured and missed the latter part of the campaign, the Glazers took over our club, as well as United ending in third spot and losing the most one-sided FA Cup final in living memory to Arsenal. During this dark, dark season we all needed some light in our lives. Step up Wayne Rooney! Bought on the transfer deadline day for a whooping £30 million, he scored 18 goals in all competitions, won the PFA Young Player of the Year award, winning the penalty and putting the nail in the coffin against Arsenal to end their 49-game unbeaten run, along with scoring some of the best goals Old Trafford has seen. And none better than this powerful, swerving, deadly accurate drive from a raging Rooney. Complaining to the ref about a free kick seconds before, he put his whole energy through this kick which almost ripped the net at the Stretford End.

Honorable mentions: Scholes vs Villa – December 2006, & Kanchelskis vs Nottingham Forest – August 1994

8. The Skill: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Aston Villa – March 2008 @ Old Trafford

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