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GMS Academy member Jake Grice picks his greatest ever Premier League XI...

GK: Edwin Van Der Sar

The ex United keeper was exceptional in his years with the Red Devils and his record of of 1311 minutes without conceding a goal is still unbeaten. Petr Cech shares the same amount of games without conceding (14) but the Dutchman wins the spot due to more goal free minutes.

RB: Gary Neville

He will go down in history as one of the most underrated players ever. He was a player that was special at nothing but great at everything, completely dependable and allowed David Beckham to shine. As United's first choice for nearly 20 years there can only be one choice.

CB: Nemanja Vidic

The mean looking Serb has been incredible in his years at United. No hint of an ego and always a true professional matched with his world class defending, potent attacking threat at set pieces and leadership qualities almost unrivalled in the modern game earn him a spot.

CB: John Terry (c)

In my opinion the greatest CB England has ever produced. Forget the off field issues, John Terry at his best is second to none.

He has led Chelsea to through the clubs most successful period and a whole host of UEFA and FIFA awards win him not only the second CB place but also the captains armband.

LB: Ashley Cole

Arguably the greatest left back not only in the Premier League's history but in footballing history. For over a decade Cole has locked up the left flank whether for Arsenal, Chelsea or England the fans are safe in the knowledge that little will get past him.

CM: Paul Scholes

The diminutive midfield maestro controlled the tempo of United's team for what seems like an eternity. Even Xavi (the best CM in history in my opinion) acknowledged Scholes as being one of the finest the game has ever seen which is high praise.

Scholes is certainly the closest thing to a Xavi the Premier League has ever had.

CM: Frank Lampard

Super Frank has to be in the team purely on the insane amount of goals he has scored in his career. No midfielder is remotely close to the record he is in the process of building and he recently became the first player ever to score ten goals or more ten seasons in a row.

RAM: Cristiano Ronaldo

The fleet footed Portuguese winger was awesome in his time with United and in all honesty this one needs no explanation.

CAM: Steven Gerrard

The debate of Gerrard or Lampard will go on until the end of time, based on the stats there is only one winner but stats don’t tell the full story and I don’t think anybody could really argue Stevie G’s place in the side.

LAM: Ryan Giggs

Another one that really doesn’t need justifying, Giggs was one of the foundations of Ferguson’s success and the fact he is still playing and even more impressively still contributing effectively, means he deserves every bit of credit he gets. 13 League winner medals says it all.

ST: Alan Shearer

The only option to put up front. If it wasn’t for Shearer, Thierry Henry would walk into the team unchallenged. But, in an all time Premier League XI, Shearer and all 260 of his league goals lead the line.

 

Subs: Petr Cech, Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, Dennis Bergkamp, Matt Le Tissier,  Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney.

Notable mentions: Andy Cole, Patrick Vieira, Ian Wright, Didier Drogba, Sol Campbell, Claude Makelele, Rio Ferdinand, Sami Hyypia. (I could go one all day with this list so I will stop there) 

 

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Alan Shearer
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Patrick Vieira
Ashley Cole
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Nemanja Vidic
Steven Gerrard
Ryan Giggs
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Cristiano Ronaldo
Sol Campbell
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Gary Neville
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Wayne Rooney
Andy Cole
Didier Drogba

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