Manchester United have been blessed with some extraordinary Dutch talent, and ranking them is a real challenge.
As Louis van Gaal prepares to lead the side out for their first friendly under his charge, which of his countrymen have had the most impact at United?
A total of eight Dutchmen have made first-team appearances for United. The three not included in the top five are:
- Alexander Buttner, who had a couple of decent games but will not be remembered as a great.
- Jordi Cruyff, who spent a long time at United, making 58 appearances between 1996 and 2000, but he was loaned out to Celta Vigo in 1999. His United career was plagued by injuries, and he never really made a place in the first team his own.
- Raimond van der Gouw, who arrived at United at the age of 33 and served primarily as an understudy to Peter Schmeichel.
None of them made a serious run at the top five. However, as easy at it was to choose the five players in contention, separating the top four was a very challenging task.
When I asked people on Twitter in what order they would put them in, they answered with every possible combination. Whilst there were patterns, people argued vehemently that each of the eventual top two should be the outright winner, and it was not close.
So, here are the top five Dutchmen to play for Manchester United, in an order with which you may profoundly disagree.