Manchester United naively thought conducting a poll of the club’s best ever Premier League player would go down well on social media, and fans could not believe it.
The Red Devils played their 1,000th Premier League game on the final day of the season, and to celebrate the club wanted to mark the milestone with the poll.
In addition to asking fans to vote for their best goal, game and save, the club also invited the public to have their say on their best player of that period.
Inevitably, it was the ‘best ever Premier League player’ poll which courted controversy.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the poll, ahead of fellow club legends such as Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, David de Gea, Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes, leading fans to express their disbelief on social media…
Considering Ronaldo only represented United between 2003 and 2009, it was a surprising pick, despite his undoubted brilliance.
But to be fair to Ronaldo, he scored 118 times in 292 appearances for United and won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups and one Champions League during his time at Old Trafford.
In case you’re wondering, Wayne Rooney’s Manchester derby overhead kick won the goal award, while the 4-3 win over City in 2009 was voted as the best game.
David De Gea’s stunning stop to deny Juan Mata’s free-kick at Stamford Bridge was picked as the best save.