Manchester United: Ex Premier League Players

Where are these ex Manchester United Premier League players now?

Welcome to the Manchester United legends page – the gateway to information on ex Red Devils who have played in the Premier League.

In addition to information on their ex players we have also added statistics which include the top goalscorers, most appearances and also the club’s final league position for each year that they have featured in the EPL.



Peter Schmeichel – Premier League Appearances: 310 | Clean Sheets: 129

Goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel finally hung up his gloves in 2003 after finishing his illustrious career at Manchester City. Read More..

Fabien Barthez – Premier League Appearances: 92 | Clean Sheets: 34

Renowned for his flamboyance between the sticks, French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez retired from playing professionally in 2007 after a short spell playing for French side Nantes in Ligue 1. Read More..

Jaap Stam – Premier League Appearances: 79 | Goals Scored: 1

A rock at the back, Jaap Stam spent three seasons at Manchester United and won the Premier League title in each year that he was at the club. Read More..

Nemanja Vidic – Premier League Appearances: 211 | Goals Scored: 15

Legendary Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic retired from playing in January 2016 after a difficult 18 months in Serie A with Inter Milan. Read More..

Mark Hughes – Premier League Appearances: 297 | Goals Scored: 64

Mark Hughes retired from playing in 2002 at the age of 39 having already taken his first steps into management as the Wales national manager in 1999. Read More..

Bryan Robson – Premier League Appearances: 32 | Goals Scored: 2

Although Bryan Robson was coming to the end of his illustrious career when the Premier League started in 1992 he still played an important part in Manchester United’s league winning side of 1992-1993 and 1993-1994. Read More..

Paul Parker – Premier League Appearances: 87 | Goals Scored: 1

After a successful career mostly spent with FulhamQueens Park Rangers and Manchester United, Paul Parker retired from playing after dropping into non-league football with Farnborough Town. Read More..

David May – Premier League Appearances: 158 | Goals Scored: 8

Former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United defender David May retired from playing in 2006 after a spell playing in non-league football with Bacup Borough. Read More..

Denis Irwin – Premier League Appearances: 328 | Goals Scored: 18

Regarded by Sir Alex Ferguson as his greatest ever signing for Manchester United, Denis Irwin called time on his illustrious career in 2004 whilst playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Read More..

Steve Bruce – Premier League Appearances: 148 | Goals Scored: 11

Considered as one of the best defenders of the 80’s and 90’s to never win an England cap, former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce retired from his illustrious career in 1998 whilst in a player manager role at Sheffield United. Read More..

Edwin van der Sar – Premier League Appearances: 313 | Clean Sheets: 132

Edwin van der Sar retired from playing at the end of the 2010-2011 season after becoming the oldest player to win the English Premier League title at the age of 40. Read More..

Ronnie Johnsen – Premier League Appearances: 151 | Goals Scored: 8

A member of the 1999 treble winning Manchester United team, Ronny Johnsen retired from playing in 2008 after returning to his native Norway where he had three seasons with Valarenga. Read More..

David Beckham – Premier League Appearances: 265 | Goals Scored: 62

One of the most recognisable people on the planet, David Beckham called time on an extremely successful playing career at the end of the 2012-13 season after winning league titles in four different countries. Read More..

Nicky Butt – Premier League Appearances: 411 | Goals Scored: 29

As one of the talented group of players that came up through the Manchester United academy known as “Fergie’s Fledglings”, Nicky Butt had a fantastic career with the club winning many trophies including the famous “Treble”, in 1999. Read More..

Teddy Sheringham – Premier League Appearances: 418 | Goals Scored: 146

After a highly successful career winning virtually every domestic honour with Manchester United, Teddy Sheringham finally retired from playing in 2008 at the age of 42 whilst at Colchester United. Read More..

Paul IncePremier League Appearances: 306 | Goals Scored: 42

Paul Ince, the self proclaimed “Guvnor” retired from playing after a short spell as player-coach at Swindon Town in 2006.

Whilst at Swindon, Ince completed his coaching badges and later that year was offered the job as player-manager of Macclesfield Town. Read More..

Henning Berg – Premier League Appearances: 275 | Goals Scored: 8

One of only three players to have won the Premier League with two different clubs, Henning Berg called time on his career in 2004 after a season in Scotland with Rangers. Read More..

Gary Pallister Premier League Appearances: 261 | Goals Scored: 9

Having formed one of the best central defensive partnerships in Manchester United’s history with Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister left the club in 1998 to join his former club Middlesbrough.

Pallister spent three years at his boyhood club before retiring due to injury in 2001 at the age of 36. Read More..

Gary Neville – Premier League Appearances: 400 | Goals Scored: 5

Regarded by many as the finest English right back of his generation, Gary Neville finally retired from playing in 2011. Read More..

Eric Cantona – Premier League Appearances: 156 | Goals Scored: 70

Former Manchester United legend Eric Cantona retired from 11 a side football at the relatively young age of 30 and instead went on to captain the French international beach football side. Read More..

Roy Keane – Premier League Appearances: 366 | Goals Scored: 39

A legend of the Barclays Premier League the former Manchester United captain Roy Keane called time on his career in 2006 after a short spell in Scotland with Celtic. Read More..

Phil Neville – Premier League Appearances: 505 | Goals Scored: 9

After a long, distinguished career which included six Premier League titles, Phil Neville retired from playing at the end of the 2012-13 season whilst playing for EvertonRead More..

Andy Cole – Premier League Appearances: 414 | Goals Scored: 87

The second highest goal scorer in Premier League history, Andy Cole retired from playing whilst at Nottingham Forest in 2008. Read More..

Lee Sharpe – Premier League Appearances: 175 | Goals Scored: 22

After a career plagued with injuries Lee Sharpe decided to retire from football in 2003 aged just 32 after three seasons in the lower leagues. Read More..

Ryan Giggs – Premier League Appearances: 632 | Goals Scored: 109

A glittering 24 year playing career with Manchester United where he amassed an incredible 35 winners medals finally ended in May 2014 when Ryan Giggs officially retired from playing. Read More..

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer – Premier League Appearances: 235 | Goals Scored: 91

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer also known as “The Baby Faced Assassin”, hung up his boots in 2007 after a hugely successful 11 year career with Manchester United. Read More..

Dwight Yorke – Premier League Appearances: 375 | Goals Scored: 123

After finishing his playing career at Sunderland following the dismissal of Roy Keane in 2008, Dwight Yorke briefly assisted the manager of the Trinidad and Tobago national team. Read More..

Brian McClair – Premier League Appearances: 162 | Goals Scored: 18

After an 11 year career at Old Trafford, Brian McClair spent his final season playing professional football at Motherwell before retiring in 1998. Read More..

Michael Owen – Premier League Appearances: 326 | Goals Scored: 150

One of only seven players to score 150 Premier League goals and also the youngest player to score 100 Premier League goals, Michael Owen retired at the end of the 2012-13 season. Read More..

Andrei Kanchelskis – Premier League Appearances: 151 | Goals Scored: 42

After a successful Premier League career with Manchester United and Everton, Andrei Kanchelskis called time on his career in 2007 back in his native Russia with Krylia Sovetov. Read More..

Paul Scholes – Premier League Appearances: 499 | Goals Scored: 107

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes first retired from playing after his side won the league in the 2010-2011 season. Read More..

Louis Saha – Premier League Appearances: 289 | Goals Scored: 85

After a distinguished career which included spells at six different Premier League clubs, Louis Saha retired from playing in 2013 after a short spell with Lazio. Read More..

Ji Sung Park – Premier League Appearances: 154 | Goals Scored: 19

The first Asian player to captain Manchester United and adored by the fans for his workrate and energy levels, Park Ji-Sung retired from football in 2014 after a short spell with Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. Read More..

Ruud van Nistelrooy – Premier League Appearances: 150 | Goals Scored: 95

One of the most prolific strikers in Premier League history, Ruud van Nistelrooy retired from the game after helping Malaga achieve Champions League qualification at the end of the 2012-2013 season. Read More..

Rio Ferdinand – Premier League Appearances: 504 | Goals Scored: 11

One of the greatest centre backs to ever grace the Premier League, Rio Ferdinand retired from playing at the end of the 2014-15 season after a year playing for Queens Park Rangers. Read More..

Mikael Silvestre – Premier League Appearances: 275 | Goals Scored: 9

A key member of the Manchester United side that won five Premier League titles between 2000 and 2008, Mikael Silvestre retired from playing in 2014 after a spell in the Indian Super League with Chennaiyin FC. Read More..

Michael CarrickPremier League Appearances: 481 | Goals Scored: 24

Former Manchester United captain Michael Carrick retired in 2018 after spending 12 seasons at Old Trafford. Read More..

Robin van PersiePremier League Appearances: 280 | Goals Scored: 144

One of the best strikers of his generation, legendary Dutch striker Robin van Persie retired from playing at the end of the 2018-19 season after seeing out his career at his first club Feyenoord. Read More..

Premier League Statistics

This table shows the players who have made the most appearances and who has scored the most goals in the EPL

(info correct as of 08/01/20).

Top EPL GoalscorersGoalsMost EPL AppearancesGames
Wayne Rooney183Ryan Giggs632
Ryan Giggs109Paul Scholes499
Paul Scholes107Gary Neville400
Andrew Cole98Wayne Rooney393
Ruud van Nistelrooy95Roy Keane326
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer91Michael Carrick314
Cristiano Ronaldo84Rio Ferdinand312
Eric Cantona70Denis Irwin296
David Beckham62David De Gea296
Dwight Yorke48Patrice Evra273

Statistics provided by Statbunker