Cristiano Ronaldo voted Manchester United’s best Premier League player of all time… but fans are left angry by results that see Eric Cantona fail to make the top three
- Manchester United held fan votes ahead of their 1,000th Premier League match
- Supporters said that Cristiano Ronaldo was the club’s best top flight-player
- However, several questioned the result, pointing to other United icons
- Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Eric Cantona were all name-checked by fans
United asked fans to vote on four categories to celebrate their 1000th Premier League game on the final day of the season against Watford.
Supporters were asked for their best goal, best game and best save, alongside the title of best player to pull on a United shirt since August 1992.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted Manchester United’s best Premier League player of all time
The first three voted all proved relatively straightforward, with Wayne Rooney winning best goal for his acrobatic effort against Manchester City, United’s 4-3 win over their neighbours in 2009 being voted the best game, and David de Gea’s incredible save from Juan Mata in 2012 getting the nod for best save.
However, much of the chatter around the results was reserved for Ronaldo’s award, with many fans pointing out there were several United players who had contributed much more in the top flight.
Ronaldo pushed Ryan Giggs into second place, while Paul Scholes was voted third.
Ronaldo won three Premier League titles at Old Trafford, but not all fans agreed with the result
A number of fans took to Twitter to question the outcome, with a number pointing to the Premier League titles Giggs and Scholes had accrued at Old Trafford, compared with the Portuguese.
And others suggested that the influence of Eric Cantona was much more important to the club than Ronaldo’s six-year stint between 2003 and 2009.
To be fair to the Real Madrid striker, he did pick up three Premier League titles, while also sweeping the board for top individual awards in 2008, winning both the Balon D’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award, as well as picking up the Premier League’s golden boot for the 2007-08 season.
He will be looking to add yet more silverware to his cabinet before the end of the season, as he leads Real Madrid’s frontline against Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 26.
There will be little argument between United fans if he can deny their rivals a sixth European Cup.
Ronaldo will go in search of more silverware when he leads Real Madrid’s line against Liverpool