Poll result: United’s coolest-ever players

Saturday 18 June 2022 10:00

Earlier this week, we asked you to vote on who you believed was the coolest player to ever line up for the Reds.

Greats such as Eric Cantona and Paul Scholes were nominated by The Debate panel, while our journalists offered other suggestions in the form of George Best and Lee Sharpe.

From the 10-man shortlist, two players stood out: David Beckham and Cantona.

We’ve come up with a shortlist, but who do you think is United’s coolest-ever player?poll

We’ve come up with a shortlist, but who do you think is United’s coolest-ever player?

The duo accumulated 25 per cent of the vote each, with Best and Dimitar Berbatov the next closest with 16 and 14 per cent, respectively.

Both Beckham and Cantona were iconic both on and off the pitch and continue to turn heads well into their retirements.

'Becks' has transcended football and is now globally recognised for his fashion and charity work. In addition, the 47-year-old is a co-owner of both Inter Miami CF and Salford City.

Our former no.7 continues to be one of the most revered figures around and is undoubtedly one of the coolest people in the world in our books.

Cantona, on the other hand, moved into acting and directing upon his retirement. The Frenchman will always be remembered for his flair and that turned-up collar, not to mention his stunning contributions in front of goal.

The Frenchman brought a swagger with him to United, and his confidence intimidated even the most accomplished of players.

‘King Eric’ was cool when it mattered most on a football pitch, scoring vital goals and playing a pivotal role in the Reds side of the early and mid '90s. The forward won four Premier League titles at the end of five seasons at the club.

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Both Best and Berbatov earned a considerable amount of the remaining vote, and it is easy to see why.

Best was a cultural icon whose playboy lifestyle garnered much attention. He was a magician with the ball at his feet, effortlessly gliding past players at will and deciding matches on his own. The Northern Irish legend will forever be ingrained in folklore for his personality on and off the pitch.

On the other hand, Berbatov’s reputation is based solely on his attitude on the football pitch. The Bulgarian’s first touch and confidence were a joy to behold.

'Dimi' would often look calm and then suddenly burst into action. The striker was a nightmare for defenders and his nonchalant play made spectators watch in awe.

George Best was revered both on and off the pitch.

I think we can all agree that each and every one of our 10 nominees are cool, whether that be the way they moved a football or the way they carried themselves.

But according to your votes, Beckham and Cantona are in a league of their own.