With the Premier League season about to kick off, it seemed only right to whet your apetite with some truly wonderful goals from the reigning English champions and the most successful club in English football – Manchester United.
As you can imagine there were a wealth of ridiculous strikes to choose from so if you disagree with any of the selections or have some alternative suggestions, please let us know in the comments box below. Enjoy!
#10 – David Beckham v Wimbledon (1996/97)
This goal launched more that just a football player’s career but put Beckham on the path to becoming a global icon.
#9 – Paul Scholes v Middlesbrough (1999/2000)
The first of three efforts from the ‘Ginger Ninja’, this one being the epitome of a perfectly timed shot.
#8 – David Beckham v West Ham (2002/03)
It’s Beckham again, this time executing a delightful chip on the run at Upton Park, the ground where he used to receive the most abuse. A sweet moment for ‘Goldenballs’.
#7 – Ruud van Nistelrooy v Fulham (2002/03)
The prolific Dutchman scored most of his goals prodding or heading home from close range. He also did so on this occasion though he dribbled for 50 yards beforehand.
#6 – Paul Scholes v Aston Villa (2006/07)
There have been few better volleyers of the ball in English football than Paul Scholes. This strike against Aston Villa is cast-iron proof of that.
#5 – Cristiano Ronaldo v Portsmouth (2007/08)
Surprisingly – controversially, even – this is the only goal from the Portuguese magician on the list. However, the sheer quality of this free kick should make up for the disappointment.
#4 – Eric Cantona v Sunderland (1996/97)
This selection has been included as much for the celebration as the goal itself. Probably not the most important strike of Cantona’s career but certainly the most iconic.
#3 – Wayne Rooney v Newcastle (2004/05)
A ferociously struck shot from the England hitman which was all the more impressive as he had just spent the previous ten seconds arguing with the referee before turning around and thumping this volley home in front of the Stretford End.
#2 – Wayne Rooney v Man City (2010/11)
The most recent of all the goals in the list but what a strike. After adapting his body position to deal with the deflection on Nani’s cross, Rooney displayed world class technique to score a sensational winner against United’s bitter rivals.
And the winner is……Paul Scholes v Bradford City (1999/2000)
When a training ground routine comes off on the pitch it is always a pleasing moment but rarely are they executed quite as well as this. An inch-perfect ball from Beckham falls perfectly into Scholes’ stride and a classic Premier League memory is born.