De Gea moves up United's appearances chart

Saturday 16 April 2022 16:12

David De Gea has climbed up the Manchester United all-time appearances chart with his outing against Norwich City at Old Trafford.

As expected, the in-form goalkeeper was named in Ralf Rangnick’s starting XI for the Premier League match to play his 481st game for the club. 

Today’s appearance is significant because it moved De Gea up into 12th on our legendary table and above the iconic Roy Keane, former club captain and continued fans' favourite.

There is a chance that David could climb one more place up the appearances chart before the end of this season: ex-defender Arthur Albiston is only four games ahead, with six left to play after today.
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Looking ahead to next season, it should not take long for David to catch Joe Spence’s 510 United appearances and climb into the top 10.

It will depend on the number of fixtures next term, and our progress in the cup competitions, but it’s realistic to assume our Spanish no.1 could also overtake Denis Irwin’s 529, and perhaps Tony Dunne’s 535. Alex Stepney’s 539 might be a tally too far for 2022/23.

Check out the list as it stands…


1: Ryan Giggs = 963
2: Sir Bobby Charlton = 758
3: Paul Scholes = 718
4: Bill Foulkes = 688
5: Gary Neville = 602
6: Wayne Rooney = 559
7: Alex Stepney = 539
8: Tony Dunne = 535
9: Denis Irwin = 529
10: Joe Spence = 510
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11: Arthur Albiston = 485
12: David De Gea = 481
13: Roy Keane = 480
14: Brian McClair = 471
15: George Best = 470
16: Mark Hughes = 467
17: Michael Carrick = 464
18: Bryan Robson = 461
19: Martin Buchan = 456
20: Rio Ferdinand = 455

Congratulations, David, and keep up the great work!