Who Is the Greatest Striker in Manchester United History?

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Who Is the Greatest Striker in Manchester United History?
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Picking Manchester's best centre forward is a thankless task.

So many wonderful strikers have graced Old Trafford that it's hard enough to narrow it down to 10 or 20, let alone five.

Some have become cult heroes, like Eric Cantona and Denis Law. 

Others scored goals by the bagful, like Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Some of United's greatest goalscorers weren't strikers at all. 

Bobby Charlton, George Best, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes all sit in the top 10 on the all-time list, but weren't considered here because they're not out-and-out strikers. The same goes for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Weight was given to the number of goals scored, the importance of their goals and the silverware they won.

Remember, there was only room for five, therefore some wonderful goalscorers like van Nistelrooy, Mark Hughes, Jack Rowley, Dennis Viollet, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie just missed out.

All are rightfully part of the debate.

Not everyone will agree with the list of five chosen here—that's why it's such an intriguing topic—but feel free to use the comments section below to list your own top five.

And then expect pelters from everyone else for getting it wrong!

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