The 10 Man Utd players to score 50 PL goals – & how many matches it took

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Ten players have scored 50 goals in the Premier League for Manchester United – but who has done so in the fewest amount of games?

The Red Devils have been blessed with some incredible goalscorers over the years, helping the club win 13 league titles.

We’ve ranked every player to hit a half century for United in the Premier League by how many matches it took them to reach the 50 mark.

10. Ryan Giggs – 229 games

Giggs may not have been the most prolific, but the winger did score some valuable goals throughout his United career.

We’ll probably cut him some slack on this one.

9. David Beckham – 214 games

Of Beckham’s first 50 Premier League goals for United, approximately 53 were scored from a free-kick.

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8. Paul Scholes – 211 games

Scholes is the only central midfielder on this list, so it’s hardly surprising that it took him more than 200 games to bring up his half century in the Premier League for United.

But when he did score, they tended to be special.

7. Cristiano Ronaldo – 147 games

Given he’s now one of the best goalscorers in the world, it’s easy to forget that Ronaldo was criticised for a lack of end product in his first few years at Old Trafford.

6. Anthony Martial – 142 games

The most recent player to reach the landmark, Martial has often struggled with inconsistency but has developed into a top class striker under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

5. Wayne Rooney – 122 games

Rooney is now a composed central midfielder at Derby County but was one of the most exciting forwards in the world in those early years at United.

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4. Andy Cole – 120 games

Considering that he’s the third-highest goalscorer in Premier League history, Cole probably doesn’t get the credit that he deserves.

3. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 110 games

Despite seemingly spending most of his United career on the substitutes’ bench, Solskjaer still managed to reach 50 league goals in just over 100 games.

We wonder what he’s up to these days.

2. Eric Cantona – 101 games

Cantona proved to be the catalyst for United’s success in the Premier League after joining from Leeds. Even a nine-month ban from football couldn’t stop him from reaching 50 league goals.

READ: The story of Eric Cantona and his incredible impact on Man Utd

1. Ruud Van Nistelrooy – 68 games

Van Nistelrooy mastered the art of goalhanging to become one of the most lethal finishers in Premier League history. Just look at those numbers.


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