Amazing Goal Videos: 6 Great Manchester United Volleys

Max TowleAnalyst IFebruary 21, 2013

Amazing Goal Videos: 6 Great Manchester United Volleys

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    With a trophy cabinet as stacked as Manchester United's, there is sure to be an endless list of memorable goals lingering in the memories of fans of the club.

    Of these strikes, many were jaw-dropping volleys struck with perfect technique and accuracy.

    This article will seek to round up six of the best volleys struck by legendary Red Devils and present them in all their eye-popping glory.

    Fans will no doubt hope the best is yet to come. Or at least, more of the same.

Mark Hughes vs. Oldham, 1994

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    With Manchester United a goal behind in a nail-biting FA Cup semifinal clash with Oldham Athletic in 1994, up stepped Mark Hughes to fire home a famous equaliser.

    The goal came with a minute to play in extra time and saved the Red Devils from elimination.

    Thanks in large part to Hughes' acrobatic volley, Sir Alex Ferguson's side went on to clinch glory in the cup final against Chelsea.

    Oldham were relegated from the Premier League that season, and the club hasn't recovered since (via The Telegraph). They may still blame Mark.

Eric Cantona vs. Liverpool, 1996

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    Two years after the Red Devils triumphed in the FA Cup in 1994, they did it again in an even more dramatic style.

    It was Eric Cantona who scored the winning goal in the 86th minute in the final, hitting a perfect volley through a busy crowd of Liverpool players.

    The strike is one of the most memorable in Manchester United history, not just for the trophy it secured, but for who it was scored against.

    It also helped build Cantona's legacy at the club to legendary status.

Wayne Rooney vs. Newcastle, 2005

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    Wayne Rooney has scored some stunners in his time at Manchester United, one of the greatest being his rasping volley against Newcastle United in 2005.

    With as powerful a right boot as exists in the British game, the young forward lashed the ball straight into the top corner of the net.

    Wes Brown later clinched a 2-1 win with a strike of his own, but it was Rooney's effort that had those at Old Trafford talking long after the final whistle had blown.

    The funny thing is, this isn't even the finest volley he's ever you'll soon discover.

Paul Scholes vs. Aston Villa, 2006

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    Every football fan under the sun knows Paul Scholes has the ability to crack an absolute bullet from long range.

    But it was Aston Villa who unfortunately discovered this firsthand when the Ginger maestro struck one of the most devastating volleys of all time.

    He had not needed an excuse to crack a shot at goal when Ryan Giggs' corner had been headed out to him 30 yards out.

    The United coaching staff and his teammates' reaction tells you all you need to know about this howitzer.

Wayne Rooney vs. Manchester City, 2011

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    We all remember this one, don't we?

    With the scores locked at 1-1 in a tense Manchester derby, it was Wayne Rooney's gravity-defying bicycle kick that clinched victory for the Red Devils.

    The England international later deemed the strike his best ever, and fitting for such a massive occasion (via BBC).

    Sir Alex Ferguson claimed "I can't ever remember a better goal at Old Trafford" (via The Telegraph). Nor can we.

Robin van Persie vs. Fulham, 2012

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    The final, and most recent memorable volley on the list is Robin van Persie's strike against Fulham earlier in the current season.

    Having spent £24 million on the Dutchman in the summer, one could forgive Sir Alex for expecting a return of instant dividends from the transfer.

    He got it, as Van Persie's home debut saw him divert a Patrice Evra pass into the far top corner for his first United goal.

    With a player as gifted as him on board, the Red Devils have looked an entirely different prospect this campaign.

    What other Manchester United volleys could have made this list?