Who is United's toughest-ever player?

Friday 04 March 2022 09:46

Who is the toughest player in Manchester United history?

It is a literally a hard question that our official Twitter account put to supporters on Thursday afternoon and we loved seeing your varied responses. 

Take a look at the thread and see if your shout was acknowledged...



If you haven't already heard, our UTD Podcast team travelled to the Netherlands this week to record a very special episode with the great Jaap Stam. 

In fact, their time with the formidable Treble winner was so good, we have decided to split the recording into two episodes that you can hear across the next fortnight. 

Part one will be released exclusively in the United App on Monday 7 March at 17:00 GMT and part two will follow the week after. 


We couldn't spend time with Jaap during derby week and not ask for his thoughts on the rivalry. 

As he explained, the match was completely different during his three seasons as a Red, but it was still a standout fixture in the calendar. 

"At the time, the whole situation was different, of course, with City from where they are now," explained our former defender. "City, at that time. were like, yeah, a team in the league and, of course, there was rivalry between the two of us.

"Who was strongest in the city of Manchester? Everyone knows who that was. At that time, without a doubt, it was United. I still think they can be but the only thing is City have come from far away and been growing, been developing and playing a certain way, with quality players and a certain manager with his philosophy. They're on top of the league, at the moment, for several seasons now.

Stam exclusive: Football is about consistency Video

Stam exclusive: Football is about consistency

Jaap Stam highlights why the season is always about more than any one-off derby fixture...

"You can never guarantee not winning [the game, despite the table], we've seen with Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] when we won against City," he added. "Of course, it's good for the club, the manager, the players and the fans to win this game. Especially for the fans, it's very important. 

"The only thing is and I find it very important winning this game but also, if you win this game, you also have to make sure you're winning all the other games as well. Football is not about one game, it's being consistent throughout the whole season. At the end of the day, winning that cup is what the club needs to aim at and what we need to take as our priority. That's not meaning we can lose on the weekend against City. No, the rivalry is always there and you have to always make sure you beat that team."

Listen to part one of Jaap Stam's UTD Podcast on Monday.