5. Eric Cantona (France) – 82 goals
Born in Marseille, France, Eric Cantona’s first Premier League experience was with Leeds United. In February 1992, Nimes Olympique accepted a transfer fee of 1 million pounds from the English club. During his nine months at Leeds, he scored 14 goals and provided five assists.
The Red Devils then paid the same transfer fee to sign him in November 1992. The Frenchman made Old Trafford his mecca, scoring 82 goals for the club before hanging up his boots in May 1997. .
4. Anthony Martial (France) – 88 goals
Anthony Martial was brought in to rebuild the MU striker line. Man United paid up to 58 million pounds including additional terms to acquire the French striker from AS Monaco. And since 2015, Martial has scored 88 goals for the Reds.
But his stay was greatly affected by conflicts and injuries. When the summer transfer window is about to open, it is reported that Man United is ready to sell Martial. Erik ten Hag no longer seems interested in keeping the 27-year-old, but he is staying.
3. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Norway) – 126 goals
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken over as manager at Old Trafford. Initially acted as interim from December 2018 to March of the following year. Some impressive matches have helped this former player to be officially signed. Despite being fired in November 2021, Ole has had a very successful 11 years with the Red Devils as a player.
In July 1996, Man United brought Solskjaer back from Molde. Before retiring in August 2007, the Norwegian played 366 matches. His total goals are 126, including the one in the 1999 Champions League final.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 145 goals
The Portugal international may have exploded onto the world football stage, but it was Manchester United that was his launching pad. When Cristiano Ronaldo was a teenager at Portuguese club Sporting CP, they had a friendly match against Man United at the newly opened Jose Alvalade Stadium. Ronaldo impressed with his skill and trickery, which prompted Sir Alex Ferguson to sign him.
The rest is history. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner comes and has scored 145 goals in his two spells with Man United.
1. Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands) – 150 goals
From July 1998 to 2001, the Dutch striker made a strong impression on world football in the PSV Eindhoven shirt. He scored 77 goals in just 90 matches. Man United paid 19 million pounds in transfer fee to PSV, breaking the British transfer record at that time of 18 million pounds that Leeds United paid to West Ham to recruit Rio Ferdinand.
The Dutch assassin led Man United’s attack from 2001 to 2006, scoring 150 goals. If Ronaldo had finished last season with MU, this record could have been broken. But Van Nistelrooy is still leading the list of foreign players scoring goals for MU and will probably take a long time to break.
Thanh Vu | 17:49 03/09/2023