AI Names Top 5 Best Ever Manchester United Strikers, Snubs Wayne Rooney

AI Names Top 5 Best Ever Manchester United Strikers, Snubs Wayne Rooney

Fred Kennedy
updated at December 2, 2023 at 2:04 PM
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  • Manchester United have had some of the best strikers play for them over the years
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney are some of the top strikers to turn out for the club
  • Rooney is United's all-time top scorer with more than 250 goals to his name

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has snubbed Wayne Rooney while naming the top five all-time Manchester United strikers.

Rooney is widely regarded as a United legend following his illustrious career with the club that saw him win multiple titles and honours.

Wayne Rooney looks dejected at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. Photo by Michael Regan.
Wayne Rooney looks dejected at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. Photo by Michael Regan.
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According to Goal, the former England international scored 253 goals for the Red Devils during his 13-year spell at the club from 2004 to 2017.

His impressive goalscoring spell has him as the club's all-time leading goalscorer, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 249 goals in 2017.

Rooney scored his first goal for United on September 28, 2004, in a Champions League match against Fenerbahçe, with his last coming against Ajax in 2017 in the Europa League.

AI ranks United's all-time best strikers

Despite Rooney's spectacular goals-scoring streak, AI does not rate him among United's top five best-ever strikers.

In a list cited by The Mirror, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy both made the cut for the club's five all-time best scorers.

Van Nistelrooy scored 150 goals for the Manchester club in 219 games across competitions, with Ronaldo bagging 145 goals for the club in two separate spells.

The veteran forward scored 118 goals in his first stint between 2003 and 2009 before scoring a further 27 when he rejoined the club in 2021.

Top 5 best-ever Man United strikers, per AI:

1. Bobby Charlton - 249 goals

2. Denis Law - 237 goals

3. eRCI cANTONA - 82 goals

4. Cristiano Ronaldo - 145 goals

5. Ruud van Nistelrooy - 150 goals

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