Manchester United celebrated their 1000th game earlier in the Premier League, when Watford visited Old Trafford in the final game of the 2017-18 season. And Jose Mourinho’s side capped it off with a 1-0 victory to ensure they paid a fitting tribute to the landmark.
Since the Premier League’s inception in 1992/93, United have had some roller-coaster rides with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, under whom some of the world’s best players took the field.
The Mancunian club commemorated the milestone by running a series of polls on social media sites, asking fans to vote on a number of key features. The voting were on the following, 1) best Premier League goal, 2) best PL player, 3) best PL match and 4) the best save.
Fans followed it up by choosing their best in the last 26 years of Premier League action. No wonder United fans have always admired the host of legendary players in the club’s ranks.
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From Eric Cantona, Wayne Rooney, Roy Keane to the famous Class of 92, the club’s heroes were worshipped. But the player who was voted as the best PL player by fans was Cristiano Ronaldo.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner beat Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes to be adjudged with the title. Ronaldo played 292 games for United and scored 119 goals. He gave everybody a bagful of special memories with his talent.
The Real Madrid talisman is still loved by United fans for being the player who helped United win a series of PL trophies.
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney bagged the best goal by fans with 53% votes. His acrobatic volley against Manchester City in February 2011, still rules the heart of the fans.
Out of all the best matches laid out by the club, the 4-3 win against City, when Michael Owen scored an injury-time winner, was voted as the best PL game.
United’s number one custodian David de Gea bagged the best save honour. Fans felt his spectacular effort to deny former Chelsea player Juan Mata’s free-kick was the best ever in a PL game.