Nine Manchester United icons nominated for Hall of Fame and their chances of inclusion

Nominations for the next round of inductees to the Premier League's Hall of Fame are completely dominated by former Manchester United players - despite one glaring omission.

In other ground-breaking developments, you might suggest, grass is green and water is wet.

Such was United's dominance in the first two decades of English football's revamped top division, it's certainly no surprise to see so many Old Trafford favourites submitted for the public vote.

However, there is no place for Wales manager Ryan Giggs after he was charged with assault.

Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer have already been confirmed as the first two inductees, while a 23-player list has since been drawn up - with a further six places up for grabs this year.

A public vote ending on May 9 at 6pm is set to determine the six players that will join Henry and Shearer, but how do the hopes of nine United icons stack up against each other?

In order to be eligible for Hall of Fame nomination in 2021, player have to retired by August 1, 2020.

David Beckham - Before going on to succeed in Spain, the United States, Italy and France, former England captain Beckham won six Premier League titles with United. Renowned for his iconic free-kicks, pinpoint crossing and a vast range of passing, he scored 62 goals and laid on 67 assists across 264 appearances in the competition.

Eric Cantona - The impact of a man known simply as 'The King' can not be measured by statistics alone. Countless moments of genius were bookmarked with the odd moment of controversy, before his premature retirement aged 30. By that time, Cantona had racked up 70 goals and 51 assists in 156 games, winning five Premier League titles.

Andrew Cole - Another player with five Premier League medals on the mantlepiece, Cole always guaranteed one thing during his playing career; goals. Indeed, there were 187 of them all-told in the top division - placing him third in the all-time list behind Shearer and Wayne Rooney, who is not (quite) yet eligible for nomination.

Rio Ferdinand - He emerged in what really was a golden age for English defenders, as highlighted by the inclusion of Sol Campbell and John Terry in the 23-man shortlist. Following his marquee switch from bitter rivals Leeds United, Ferdinand remains the most decorated of those three, winning six titles to Terry's five at Chelsea.

Roy Keane - Even in such esteemed company, it would take a brave person to bet against Keane from joining both Henry and Shearer this year. Regarded as one of the greatest signings made by Sir Alex - before their public bust-up - four of his seven Premier League title wins came as United's fierce, but universally revered, captain.

Peter Schmeichel - As the only goalkeeper included by the Premier League in 2021, that alone is testament to how highly he is regarded in terms of being an all-time great between the posts. His tally of 310 appearances came either side of an Old Trafford departure, but all five of Schmeichel's title wins, of course, came at United.

Paul Scholes - In the absence of Giggs - and fellow Class of '92 graduate Gary Neville for that matter - Scholes is by far and away the most decorated nomination. Even retirement wasn't enough to stop him! Indeed, after hanging up his boots once already, he returned to claim his 11th winner's medal before a second retirement in 2013. That's not to mention his 107 goals and 54 assists, either.

Robin van Persie - Along with Shearer, the Dutchman remains the only player to have won the golden boot while at two different Premier League clubs. Indeed, it was his switch from Arsenal in 2012 - on the back of 30 goals - that inspired United to their 13th title a year later, with van Persie topping the charts on 26 goals during his debut season at Old Trafford, too.

Nemanja Vidic - A colossal presence alongside Ferdinand as Sir Alex built his second truly great United line-up. His legacy at Old Trafford? Just the five Premier League titles, in addition to one Champions League winner's medal and being a two-time winner of the division's coveted 'Player of the Year' award! Vidic will take some beating here.

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