5 Top Goals Scored by Manchester United Players at a World Cup

Scott Rom@@R_o_MFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2014

5 Top Goals Scored by Manchester United Players at a World Cup

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    There have been eight players who have played for Manchester United and won the World Cup, but many more have scored over the years.

    For the player scoring, it's hard to imagine they care much about how the goal goes in, as long as they get to say that they have scored in the World Cup.

    However, that said, there have been a few goals scored by United players that stand out from the rest. Judging on technique alone, here are some of the best World Cup goals scored by Reds.

Robin Van Persie vs Spain: 2014

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    When faced with the current world and European champions in the opening game of the World Cup 2014, you would have forgiven Holland for being a little apprehensive.

    However, ever after the dodgy awarding of a penalty to Spain, the Dutch attacked the opposition as if they were the dominant team at this summer's tournament. The final score was 5-1 but, amazingly, it could have been a lot worse than that for the Spaniards.

    The best and most important goal of the game was Robin van Persie's though, as he dived from close to 20 yards out to make contact with his head, firing the ball over Iker Casillas' fingertips.

    Van Persie, who has scored so many great goals in his career, singled this one out as the best ever, as reported by Sky Sports.

    It is the best goal of my career. It was a brilliant goal, even I have to say that. I look at the occasion and this was one of the biggest so far in my career. It was a bit of a gamble but I spotted Casillas off his line before the cross came in. Just before I received the ball, I saw Casillas standing in front of his goal, so it was a header but a lobbed header – a great goal.

Ji Sung Park vs Greece: 2010

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    Ji-Sung Park was the first Premier League player to bag a goal at the 2010 World Cup after a great individual finish against Greece. It was this goal that helped South Korea reach the round of 16 for the first time on foreign soil.

    After stealing the ball off Loukas Vyntra, Park charged forward and slipped the ball past the keeper, before celebrating enthusiastically with his teammates.

Diego Forlan vs Senegal: 2002

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    In the final group-stage game of the 2002 World Cup, Uruguay found themselves 3-0 down against Senegal by half-time. Forlan was brought on at half-time and Uruguay pulled a goal back within the first minute, before Forlan put them back in contention 25 minutes later.

    After a free-kick was headed clear in his direction, Forlan controlled the ball on his chest and then volleyed past the goalkeeper from outside the area.

    Uruguay equalised a few minutes from time but the point they earned from this game wasn't enough to see them get out of the group.

    Years later, Forlan reflected on the goal in an interview with FourFourTwo.

    I played in 2002, but I was mainly on the bench and it wasn’t the best time for me. I scored a beautiful goal against Senegal in a strange game because we were 0-3 down. I came off the bench and we ended up drawing 3-3.

Paul Scholes vs Tunisia: 1998

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    After Alan Shearer gave England a lead in their opening game of the 1998 World Cup against Tunisia, Paul Scholes sealed the win with a great strike just before the final whistle.

    Paul Ince brought the ball forward and gave it to Scholes on the edge of the box. He took the ball past one defender before curling it around the goalkeeper's fingertips, just inside the post. 

    Glen Hoddle, the England manager at the time, sung the praises of Scholes, as reported by the BBC.

    Young Paul Scholes is showing a lot of maturity, he's got good talent and today he felt at home out there. I looked at a young man playing his natural game under those circumstances and that's good to see.

Sir Bobby Charlton vs Portugal: 1966

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    England's only World Cup success came in 1966 and the final against West Germany is in football folklore in this country.

    The game went to extra-time with England eventually winning 4-2. However, this game would not have happened if not for the two goals Sir Bobby Charlton scored in the semi-final against Portugal.

    After putting England 1-0 up on the half-hour mark, he then doubled England's lead 10 minutes from time. He picked up the ball just inside the penalty area and lashed it past the goalkeeper to book England's place in the final.