Players of various nationalities have put on the famous red jersey of English side Manchester United over the years. Footballers from countries like France, Brazil, Spain, and Argentina are just some of many nations that have represented the Red Devils. The United States of America has had a few players who played for the Old Trafford side. Today we will be spotlighting some of American players who have played for Manchester United.

1. Jim Brown 

Brown was a forward who played for Manchester United between 1932 to 1934.

Even though he was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, James was an American international who featured for the United States at the 1930 FIFA World Cup.

James made his debut for Manchester against Grimsby Town in a division 2 league match played on the 17th of September, 1932. In that match, he scored directly from a corner kick within 90 seconds. 

The striker scored a total of 17 goals in 41 appearances for the Red Devils before his departure to Brentford in 1934 for £300.

2. Edward Joseph McIlvenny

McIlvenny was a defender on the books of Manchester United between 1950 to 1953.

He was the captain of the famous United States national team that defeated England 1-0 at the 1950 FIFA World Cup played in Brazil.

The big American barely featured during his time at Old Trafford, making a miserly 2 appearances in the league against Fulham and Liverpool in the 1950/1951 season without a single goal to his name.

Despite being born in Scotland, Edward was an American citizen. Joseph left Manchester in 1953, transferring to Waterford.

3. Tim Howard

Tim Howard American Players Who Have Played For Manchester United 

The big man from North Brunswick, New Jersey, is probably the most well-known American to have played for Manchester United.

Tim Howard is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in American soccer of all time.

Howard joined the Red Devils straight from the American Major League Soccer in 2003. Manchester United paid a transfer fee of $4 million dollars to sign Howard, who replaced Fabien Barthez as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.

He immediately impressed with solid performances in goal for the England giants. 

This culminated in him getting named into the Premier League PFA Team of the Year for the 2003/2004 campaign.

Tim made 77 appearances for United between 2003 to 2007 and helped them win the FA Cup in 2003 to 2004 and League Cup in the 2005/2006 season.

He moved to fellow Premier League side Everton in 2007.

4. Jonathan Spector 

Jonathan Spector American players who have played for Manchester United
Jonathan Spector, Manchester United (Photo by Matthew Ashton – PA Images via Getty Images)

The American center-back was on the books of Manchester United between 2003 to 2006.

A Manchester United scout discovered him while he was playing for the American under-17 squad in 2003.

Spector was named as the club’s Young Player of the Year in 2003.

The American made his first appearance for the first team in the FA Community Shield match against Arsenal in August 2004

Spector was a squad player who only made a handful of appearances during his time at Old Trafford.

Jonathan featured in just 8 games across all competitions without a single goal recorded in his name. 

The former United States international finally left Manchester in 2006 to join another Premier League side, West Ham.


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