Manchester United's greatest ever striker is...

Chalkie

Academy Regular
#1
On this very day 65 years ago, 9 October 1954, Tommy Taylor scored four times for United in a 5-2 English First Division Championship win over Cardiff City at Old Trafford. Dennis Viollet also scored. Both Tommy and Dennis scored 20 First Division goals to become United’s joint top League goal scorers in season 1954-55 but Viollet was our leading goal scorer with 21 as he scored in the FA Cup.​
On 4 March 1953, Matt Busby and his right hand man, Jimmy Murphy, travelled to Barnsley to enquire about signing Tommy who had scored 26 goals in 44 League appearances for the Yorkshire club. Barnsley were struggling on and off the pitch in Division 2 at the time and decided to cash in on their 21-year old striker who had attracted interest from a number of clubs including Cardiff City.​
Busby and the Chairman of Barnsley negotiated for hours in the boardroom at Oakwell over the asking price of £30,000. Cardiff City were actually offering more than the £30,000 asking price but Tommy had his heart set on joining United who were the defending First Division Champions and had the country’s best young players, the famous Busby Babes.​
Back then it wasn’t all about the money for clubs when it came to transfer dealings, they actually took their player’ wishes into consideration. In the end the shrewd Busby got his man for £29,999 after persuading The Tykes’ Chairman that ‘it would be unfair on the young lad to burden him with a £30,00 transfer tag.” But Busby did hand over £30,000 that afternoon as he gave the tea lady who had served him and Jimmy tea all day a £1 tip.​
Sadly, Tommy lost his life in the Munich Air Disaster on 6 February 1958 but many who saw him play regard him to be the greatest striker who ever played for Manchester United and England. Tommy scored 131 goals in 191 appearances for United and netted 16 times in 19 internationals for England.​
Tommy was so good he was nicknamed “Magnifico” by the legendary Real Madrid striker, Alfredo Di Stefano.​
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Albert Quixall

Reserves Newbie
#2
I never saw him play but my dad said he could head a ball as hard as some could shoot. The best striker I ever saw in a red shirt was Denis Law.
 

Chalkie

Academy Regular
#6
Jack "Gunner" Rowley (211 goals, 424 games) and Stan Pearson (148 goals, 343 games) are all United legends. And of course a member of our famous triumvirate, Bobby Charlton (249 goals, 748 games). Going back to my boyhood days, I loved Stuart "Pancho" Pearson who scored 66 times for us in 180 games. Sparky must have modelled himself on Pancho.
 

Sam

Manager
Staff member
#7
Jack "Gunner" Rowley (211 goals, 424 games) and Stan Pearson (148 goals, 343 games) are all United legends. And of course a member of our famous triumvirate, Bobby Charlton (249 goals, 748 games). Going back to my boyhood days, I loved Stuart "Pancho" Pearson who scored 66 times for us in 180 games. Sparky must have modelled himself on Pancho.
Got a lot of time for Rowley and Pearson that's for sure!
 

Bestielob

Academy Regular
#10
As Sam says it's an almost impossible question, so i am going to try to do this by decade and who left the biggest impression upon me.
1960's - Denis Law
1970's - Stuart Pearson
1980's - Mark Hughes
1990's - Eric Cantona
The Noughties - RVN
 

Eric7

Academy Newbie
#14
Eric the King. Undoubtedly the best piece of footballer i have sen wearing that shirt.

but i have to say, Cole/York duet is the best striking duet i have seen probably in my life so far. I love to consider them as one, absolutely magnificent and almost supernatural the way they played each other

i also am a big Ruud fan, unfortunately he came to us in a difficult time with Arsenal and Chelsea at their best and of course that injury of his. But still a beast of a striker. I wish i was older enough to see and appreciate legends like Law or Hughes etc
 

Sam

Manager
Staff member
#15
As Sam says it's an almost impossible question, so i am going to try to do this by decade and who left the biggest impression upon me.
1960's - Denis Law
1970's - Stuart Pearson
1980's - Mark Hughes
1990's - Eric Cantona
The Noughties - RVN
Like the idea of one per decade...

60s Best
70s Pearson
80s Hughes
90s Cantona
00s Van Nistelrooy
10s Rooney
 

Chalkie

Academy Regular
#19
Hard not to get nostalgic whenever you see a Cantona video.
What a superb player he was.

I was absolutely delighted to see one of my all-time Manchester United heroes, Eric “Le Roi” Cantona, receive the UEFA President’s Award last Thursday, to commemorate our former captain’s career and his support of charitable causes.

I will never, ever, forget Eric’s five seasons at United and how he proved to be the catalyst, the last piece of Fergie’s jigsaw, which propelled United to trophy success after trophy success. I can only imagine any United fan who first saw George Best play for us, and then watch how the Belfast Boy helped a jaded side to unprecedented glory, English First Division Championship title success in 1964-65 and again in 1966-67, and the capture of the “Holy Grail,” the European Cup in 1968, felt the same amount of excitement and level of joy as I did watching our talismanic Frenchman strut around the Old Trafford pitch. His collar stood up, his chest puffed out, Eric was a superstar. Eric was enigmatic. Eric was majestic. Eric was a genius. Eric was quite simply “Magnifique.”

Le Roi (The King) scored 82 goals in 185 appearances for us between November 1992 and May 1997, was presented with the accolade by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin at the Champions League group-stage draw in Monte Carlo. Eric being Eric took to the sage wearing a flat cap and a red shirt and just as only Eric would do, he began his acceptance speech by quoting a line by the Duke of Gloucester from William Shakespeare’s play King Lear and left the crowd eating out of his hand by the time he exited stage left.

And there wasn’t even a single seagull in sight!

“As flies to wanton boys we are for the gods, they kill us for their sport,” said Eric. Eric then added:

“Soon the science will not only be able to slow down the ageing of the cells, soon the science will fix the cells to the state and so we will become eternal. Only accidents, crimes, wars, will still kill us but unfortunately, crimes, wars, will multiply. I love football. Thank you.”

Who said football was lacking artistry and poetry? Monsieur Cantona most definitely came off with his best lines since the immortal words he uttered in the movie “Looking For Eric,” when he famously remarked: “I Am Not A Man, I Am Cantona!”
 
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