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Is this the best ever headed United goal?

After polling our rapidly growing and ever faithful Twitter following, @Red_Rants has compiled a Top 5 headed goals list.

The list has no headers from pre 1993 so I’m sure many of the older reds will think someone’s having a giggle, but the list, I’m sure you’ll agree, consists of 5 superb headers all provoking some quality memories.

Sit back and enjoy the RedRants Top 5 Headers clips:

5. In 1995 Manchester United had possibly their most iconic player in recent history, a talisman, a poetic Frenchman going by the name of Eric Cantona. On the 22nd January Eric produced the highlight of a pulsating match between then high-flying Blackburn Rovers (who went on to win the league title by a point) United at Old Trafford. Eric won the game in the 80th minute with the only goal of the game with this magnificent header from an almost impossible angle. (forward to 0:58secs)

4. January 2011, The Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, England. A little Mexican created his own little piece of folklore history when he quite literally back-headed a goal in the 27th minute to give United a priceless lead at a difficult venue. United went on to win the game 2-1 after a Dean Whitehead equaliser had been overcome with a Nani winner in the second half, but the talk after the game was nothing to do with the win, it was all about that header. See it in all its wonderful glory below.

3. Cast your mind back to April 1993. John Sheridan has put Sheffield Wednesday into a lead that United are struggling to overturn. In the 86th minute Steve Bruce heads in an equaliser but a draw was still not going to be enough if United wanted to avoid any slip-ups like the season before……..step forward Steve Bruce……

2. We all know what happened in 1999, what we sometimes forget is just how much United rode their luck in every competition. On April 21st United went to The Stadio Delle Alpi having only managed a draw at Old Trafford in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. 2-0 down “in no time” and United were stacing elimination in the face. Roy Keane’s silly yellow card for a nothing foul on Zidane was not only soft but also cost him his place in the final if United were to get there. However, Keane then gave United a lifeline before half-time with this well timed, determined header at the near post…..and the rest is history.

1. The Champions League quarter final in 2008 saw us drawn against Roma, the trip was marred by some over zealous policing with many reds coming back with tales of police brutality and TV images backing up their stories. On the pitch United made short work of their Italian opponents with Ronaldo instrumental in everything United did well. When Paul Scholes clipped in a cross from the right there seemed no reason to float it in, that was, until Ronaldo burst into the box to rise highest and bullet his header powerfully into the ground and into the net to give United a one goal lead….for many of our @Red_Rants followers this goal ranks the highest.

What other headers do you remember that you think should be in a list of great United headers down the years?

Personally I think Nicky Butt’s unlucky not to have his FA Cup Final header in there, so too Ryan Giggs curled header at Highfield Road v Coventry in 1997.

However, a list of Manchester United headers is in no way credible or complete without a mention for the best headerer of the ball I’ve ever seen, his name? Frank Stapleton. One of the most underrated strikers in United’s glorious history for me, sit back and watch as Frank shows you exactly what I’m talking about…..especially his unbelievable effort at Anfield (starts around 2:36 secs).

Ian (@Rimmerstweets)



  1. Andy

    5 May 2012 at 20:43

    • AndyCR7

      6 May 2012 at 07:53

      @Andy: Yep this one. He jumped quite high from standing position.

    • tonymontanna4united

      6 May 2012 at 13:45

      @Andy: Gotta be keanos vs juve for me. He was like a man possessed that night, bloody everywhere.
      Man i miss roy, oh how we could do with him now 😥

  2. Opti

    6 May 2012 at 01:28

    Powerful? Yes. Best ever? No!

    I like this diving header from Ronaldo against Tottenham (5:2) in april 2009. Note this team may have been our best EVER with Rooney, Ronaldo, Tevez, and Berbatov attacking Tottenham… good old days

  3. AndyCR7

    6 May 2012 at 08:03

    We were all laughing at Chelsea and Liverpool the whole season. But Liverpool have already won 1 trophy this season and Chelsea could end up doing double! Lets hope Newcastle do us a favor and real united (minus park and giggs) turn up for the rest of the matches…

    • Opti

      6 May 2012 at 12:38

      @AndyCR7: and both teams could / will miss out on Champions League football next season. They have had Pyrrhic victories, my friend.

      Trophy or not, we fought for the title all season and are 30+ pts above Liverpool. That’s better than FA Cup + Carling + Losing UCL final, unless you’re Charlie Sheen in which case you are WINNING!

      • Moscow

        6 May 2012 at 12:59

        @Opti: Unfortunately, we have been knocked out of the Champions League (humiliation), Europa League (humiliation), the FA Cup and the Carling Cup (humiliation). Our bitter title rivals did the double over us, and it appears that the 6-1 thrashing is going to lose us the title. The harsh reality of the situation is that if City beat Newcastle today, we will have had no better a season than Arsenal if they finish 3rd. This is deeply depressing for us, but very deserved for Fergie, liar, coward and senile old bag who blows corporate leeches.

        The one positive that could be derived from this season is that Gill and his cronies won’t be getting a bonus next financial year because their owners didn’t get the CL revenue from the knockout stages. Seriously, I can’t even recognise this club anymore.

        • Opti

          6 May 2012 at 13:26

          @Moscow: but we’ll still be in the Champions League next season, which is an incentive to improve squad (from Glazers’ point of view) and attract decent players to improve our squad (from Fergie’s point of view).

          Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal could miss Champions League football next season. Liverpool will fail to attract decent players. Chelsea cannot afford to miss it. Tottenham will probably start selling top players without Champion League. Arsenal could lose RvP and slide to midtable if they miss out on next season UCL.

          We can only improve next season.

        • tonymontanna4united

          6 May 2012 at 13:42

          @Opti: “We can only improve next season”.

          Thing is, we said the same thing last season too.

        • Opti

          6 May 2012 at 14:22

          @tonymontanna4united: I said this year was re-building with Jones, Smalling, Pogba, etc…

        • tonymontanna4united

          6 May 2012 at 14:48

          @Opti: It was all set to be that way yes, but save for the first 5 games of the season, jones has been played everywhere but his natural position, smalling the same has been criminally under used, pogba has gotten about 3 games all season, and the likes of cleverley and fabio have also hardly gotten any proper game time either.
          This season has been a massive disappointment, and alot of that is down to the fact that the older players have let the team down far too often this season, and fergie being the safety first guy he is these days, is too scared to throw the young lads in where needed, so he goes with the same old same old which rarely comes off (see monday).
          All this “were in transition” guff i just dont buy.
          Save for de gea and rafael, who have come in for vds and nev, the likes of giggs, scholes, evra and rio have yet to be replaced in any way shape or form.
          They are all still 50 game a season players, and from fergies quotes today in the papers, are likely to remain as exactly that for the forseeable future.
          Very little activity in the transfer market from the sounds of things, next to no chance of the young guys getting any regular game time whilst giggs and scholes are around, i dont see alot to get excited about or feel optimistic about if im honest mate.
          But im a grumpy sod at the best of times so maybe thats just me.

  4. RedDevilEddy

    6 May 2012 at 13:24

    Whether it’s Allah, Strawberrycyrup, Nike Lasers, Adizero’s, Alan Pardew, the Geordie Faithful or Craig’s left nut that makes sure Newcastle win today, I don’t fucking care. I hope they’re all on Newcastle’s side! We fucking need it today, this is vital, I’m a Newcastle fan for the next two hours!

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