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Reviewing all Manchester United nominees for the Premier League Hall of Fame

The Premier League Hall of Fame is a new concept that recognises players who have demonstrated fantastic on-pitch success and have made important contributions throughout the years.

It is no surprise to see a plethora of former Manchester United players involved in the nomination shortlist – let’s have a look at who made the initial cut.

David Beckham

The iconic midfielder David Beckham is the first Red Devil on the nominee list, and deservingly so.

Beckham played a 265 games in the Premier League during his career, scoring 62 goals along the way.

The free-kick specialist also won the Premier League with United a whopping six times, picking up one player of the month award for his troubles as well.

Eric Cantona

This man needs no introduction. The classy Frenchman is one of the most iconic characters the Premier League has ever seen.

Cantona was a catalyst in United’s dominance in the early Premier League era after moving from Leeds United in 1992.

‘King Eric’ made 156 appearances in the Premier League, picking up 70 goals and achieving four titles in this time.

Andrew Cole

The next nominee for the Red Devils is the clinical poacher, Andrew Cole, third in the all-time Premier League goalscorers list.

The Englishman helped United to five league titles, scoring goals for fun and developing a fantastic partnership with Dwight Yorke.

Cole also had a previous spell in the Premier League with Newcastle United, where he set the highest ever Golden Boot tally, achieving 34 goals in a single campaign.

Rio Ferdinand

Ferdinand is the first United defender to feature on the list. He was an integral part of United’s side throughout the years, providing rock-solid stability in the defence.

He won the Premier League six times, appearing 503 times and keeping 189 clean sheets.

He is also one of the few defenders to win a Premier League Player of the Month award.

Roy Keane

One of the best captains the club has ever seen, Keane was pivotal in guiding United to seven league titles.

His feisty nature certainly reflected in his performances. Keane always played with his heart on his sleeve and was instrumental in United’s Premier League dominance.

He played 366 times in the league, scoring 39 goals and achieving two Player of the Month awards.

Peter Schmeichel

The only goalkeeper on the entire shortlist, purely because the ‘Great Dane’ was a class above.

The towering keeper played 310 games in the Premier League, keeping 128 clean sheets.

He won five league titles and even won a remarkable Player of the Season award  – which is unheard of for a goalkeeper.

Paul Scholes

One of the most technically gifted midfielders to ever grace the Premier League.

Scholes was a maestro in midfield and remained faithful to the Red Devils throughout his career, which paid off as he was rewarded with a monumental 11 league titles.

His legacy lasted for 499 games in the league and he picked up 107 goals and four Player of the Month Awards along the way.

Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie joined United late in his career but certainly left a legend. He came in search of a Premier League title from Arsenal and was the main man who led United to league glory in the 2012/13 season.

During his time in the Premier League van Persie played 280 times, scoring 144 goals. He also won the Golden Boot two times.

Nemanja Vidic  

Twice named Player of the Season, the Serbian was one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s greatest ever signings.

Vidic formed an unbelievable centre-half pairing with Ferdinand and managed to win the title five times.

Over this period, Vidic kept an incredible 95 clean sheets from 211 appearances.

Michael Owen

Although not a true red, Owen still achieved his only Premier League title during his short stint with the Red Devils.

Owen was a true goal-scoring machine, scoring 150 times in his 326 appearances in the Premiership.

All stats taken from the official Premier League website.