Sir Alex Ferguson is the most decorated manager ever to grace the English game.
He has 12 Premier League trophies, 5 FA cups, 4 League Cups and 2 Champions League trophies all at the same club. This success has been envied by many and few have the ability to replicate the success.
Over the years we have witnessed Ferguson build several different championship winning sides with different players. This led me to think which players would feature in Ferguson's all-time top XI:
Peter Schmeichel - GK
Ferguson called him the bargain of the century and he certainly lived up to the title. Schmeichel is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper ever therefore his place in the teams was almost guaranteed despite a close challenge from Edwin Van der Sar.
Gary Neville - RB
A former Manchester United captain and he was fully deserving of the title. A young Neville was the complete defender. Strong in the tackle, full of pace and brilliant with the ball at his feet. By far the best right-back of Ferguson's regime.
Nemanja Vidic - CB
The current Manchester United captain has been an inspiration since his arrival 7 years ago. He wins near enough every ball in the air and is a rock at the heart of the defence. He always leads by example and despite alot of recent injuries he is back to his best.
Rio Ferdinand - CB
A few years ago the Ferdinand - Vidic combination at the heart of the United defence was the best in the world. Ferdinand had the pace, the ability in the air and the ability to read the play almost perfectly every time and as soon as Vidic was put on the teams sheet Rio had to follow.
Dennis Irwin - LB
Mr Reliable as he was so often nicknamed by fans and pundits alike had to go in this team. Irwin was the perfect professional he worked hard, stayed out of trouble and above all the was excellent at his job.
Cristiano Ronaldo - RM
The man with the magic feet is one of the most beloved players to ever pull on the famous red jersey. The 2008 Ballon d'Or winner was instrumental in delivering Ferguson his second Champions League trophy. This means that Ronaldo will go in the history books as one of the best United players ever.
Paul Scholes - CM
The ginger prince is renowned for his excellent passing abilities, long shooting attributes, wonder goals - just about everything except tackling. A born and raised United fan Scholes is a loyal servant for the reds and his class shows every time he steps out onto the Old Trafford pitch.
Roy Keane - CM
One of the most formidable and controversial characters to ever step foot on a football pitch. Marmite is the word to describe him. Regardless of whether or not you like him you must accept his exceptional leadership qualities, tackling and distribution made him a top-class player.
Ryan Giggs - LM
What more can I say that hasn't been said about Ryan Giggs. The former flying-winger used to show us his pace and skill to tear apart defences. Now 23 years after his debut, his energy is higher than ever and his passing shows just how good he is. In one word - legend!
Eric Cantona - ST
Cantona has been the most important signing of Ferguson's whole United campaign. He acted as a catalyst and a teacher who helped the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville develop into the legends they are today. Combining this effect with the sheer skill and goal scoring exploits of the man Cantona is loved so much that his name is still chanted at Old Trafford 16 years after he retired.
Wayne Rooney - ST
Rooney is a massive fans favourite at Old Trafford and theres good reason for this. Rooney's energy and effectiveness on the pitch meant that he was an instant hit at United. His goal scoring record means that it would be madness not to put him in the team. It not only goals though his all around play has made him a talismanic figure for United for numerous years.
Disagree ? Comment below who you would included in this team.
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