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Top 10 goal scorers for Manchester United in Champions league

In this article, take a look at the top 10 goalscorers from Manchester United in the Champions League. Ruud van Nistelrooy is the highest goal scorer for Manchester United in the Champions League.

Last updated: 21.08.2022
Top 10 goal scorers for Manchester United in Champions league

It has been a difficult relationship between the Champions League and Manchester United in recent years. Manchester United currently plays in Europa League, but they still hold great memories of better times in Europe's premier competition.


It wasn't always this up and down for United fans though, and it's hard to believe that it wasn't actually that long ago that they were good. Really good.


Here take a look at the top 10 goalscorers from Manchester United in the Champions League.


1. Ruud van Nistelrooy - 35 goals

Before the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, and Erling Haaland in the Champions League there was Van Nistelrooy. He got 14 in 2002/03 alone. He was setting the Goal scoring records in the champions league.


2. Wayne Rooney - 30 goals

United and England's all-time leading goalscorer opened his account for the Red Devils with a hat-trick in the Champions League in 2004 against Fenerbahce. The rest is history.


3. Ryan Giggs - 28 goals

Giggs is one of the most decorated footballers of all time and won two Champions Leagues with United as a part of two obscenely talented squads. They were nine years apart, a testament to his longevity.


4. Paul Scholes - 24 goals

Contrary to what modern day Football fans might think, Scholes was an incredible footballer. An energetic and accurate midfielder with an eye for goal, and among United's top Champions League scorers.


5. Cristiano Ronaldo - 22 goals

Most of his record-breaking Champions League goal tally came for Real Madrid, but Cristinao Ronaldo is now back where it all began for him in Europe's elite club competition. The fact that he didn’t score in the champions league until 2007 is quite astonishing. 



6. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - 19 goals

The single most famous goal in Manchester United history, to win the single most famous match in Manchester United history? Probably. Solskjaer also scored 18 others in the Champions League.


7. Andrew Cole - 18 goals

Cole was a complete striker and more than just a goal scorer. His vision and reading of the game were incredible, while at one stage he was United's all-time leading scorer in European competition.


8. Roy Keane - 14 goals

Keane scored arguably the most important goal of his entire career in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Juventus in 1999. United were trailing 3-1 on aggregate, but he sparked the memorable comeback.


9. David Beckham - 14 goals

A right foot doesn't come better than Beckham's. Him now being a club owner and massive celebrity makes it easy to forget that David Beckham was once a world class player in his own right. United reaped the benefits.


10. Marcus Rashford - 12 goals


Fighting poverty and sending defenders to the shops while he does so, Marcus Rashford is a credit to United on and off the pitch. Expect this number to grow over the years.



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