The Guardian has released its top 100 list of the world’s best current male footballers, selected by a 169-strong panel of experts from 63 countries led by 27 former internationals. Seven Manchester United players made the cut.
David de Gea - Number 23
Manchester United have had David de Gea to thank for many of the team's achievements in 2017. De Gea is so good, some believe that he is the best goalkeeper in the world right now. The big question is whether Manchester United can keep him - Real Madrid are known to be long-time suitors, but The Sun reported earlier this month that de Gea will not be instigating any move as he feels loyalty to the club and fans.
Paul Pogba - Number 30
Although some members of the Manchester United squad are said to be ‘exasperated’ with Paul Pogba because he overslept and was late for training, there's no denying that Pogba can be among the world's best on his day.
Scoring Manchester United's second goal in the Europa League Final in May, Pogba hasn't had it all his own way in 2017. He suffered injury issues during the year, and was sent off against Arsenal earlier this month and suspended for 3 games.
Romelu Lukaku - Number 37
A great final season for Everton, in which he became the first Everton player since Gary Lineker 31 years previously to score more than 20 league goals, saw Lukaku rock up at Manchester United for the start of this term. The Belgian scored 10 goals in his first 9 games for the club, and returned to form earlier this month with a goal in his club's 2-1 victory at West Brom.
Zlatan Ibrahimović - Number 60
What can you say about Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimović that he hasn't already said about himself - and most of it is true. There were plenty of cynics who believed that Ibrahimović had left it too late to come to the Premier League in 2016. He soon won over the critics, pundits, fans and his team-mates after a superlative first season in England. Injury marred the end of his first season (he missed out playing in the Europa League Final), but he is now fit and vying for a place in the Manchester United starting line-up.
Nemanja Matić - Number 74
Swapping Chelsea for Manchester United at the start of the 2017/18 season, Matic signed a 4 year contract. He started his Manchester United career with a man-of-the-match winning performance against West Ham and has continued to put in solid performances all season.
Marcus Rashford - Number 75
A product of the Manchester United academy set-up, Rashford established himself in the first team squad in 2016 at aged 18.
Rashford has had a hand in 16 goals in 27 games in all competitions for Manchester United this season (9 goals, 7 assists) - one more than he did in 53 games last term (11 goals, 4 assists). Source - Opta stats.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan - Number 92
Signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2016, Mkhitaryan remains in the top 100 male players in football in 2017 - despite failing to bed down a regular place in the Manchester United first team. The Daily Mail has reported that Inter Milan are keen to take Mkhitaryan on loan in January.
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