The 11 Man Utd players to score 50 PL goals – & how many matches it took
Eleven players have scored 50 Premier League goals 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.
11. 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.
10. David Beckham – 214 games
Of Beckham’s first 50 Premier League goals for United, approximately 53 were scored from a free-kick.
9. 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.
8. Marcus Rashford – 156 games
The most recent player to reach the landmark, Rashford spends most of his games humiliating defenders but still has an impressive scoring record.
He’s also the third youngest United player to score 50 Premier League goals after Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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
Martial often struggled with inconsistency during Jose Mourinho’s reign 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.
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.
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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.
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.