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Manchester United : All-time XI

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Manchester United has the biggest fanbase than any other football club in the whole world.

From the Busby Babes, the great 60s squad, and the Sir Alex Ferguson coached teams, the Red Devils have had some golden generations of players.

But who would make it in their best ever starting XI?

Formation : 3-2-3-2

Goalkeeper: Peter Schmeichel

No question here. Peter Schmeichel is arguably the best goalkeeper this world has seen for the past 50 years. 

A colossal presence under the bars and with his incredibly fast reflexes he was Manchester United's pillar for nearly a decade.

He was voted as the best goalkeeper in the world three times and he has the insane record of 42 per cent clean sheets in the Premier League, more than every other goalkeeper.

Right-Centre-Back: Roger Byrne

A great leader with incredible work ethic and an intelligent, fast and versatile defender, Byrne was the captain of the 50s Mancester United.

He played 280 times for the Red Devils until the Munich air disaster tragically claimed his life in 1958.

Centre-Back: Nemanja Vidic

When it's all said and done, the Serbian-born defender will see his name amongst the greatest defenders that have ever played in the Premier League.

His assertive no-nonsense defending style along with his balance and positioning skills, gave him the Barclays Premier League Player of the Year, a great achievement for a defender.

Left-Centre-Back: Denis Irwin

Irwin had a long and successful stint at United, where he practically won everything there is possible to win.

One of Fergie's favourite players for his consistency, accurate crosses and stamina, the Irishman wore the red shirt 368 times during his 12-year spell at Old Trafford.

Centre-Midfielder: Duncan Edwards

Duncan Edwards was probably the best all-around player that has ever played for Manchester United. Strong, fast, tireless and a great passer, dribbler and leader. 

Sir Bobby Charlton confessed: "he was the only player that made me feel inferior." 

The Munich air disaster cut his life short, as he was only 21 - and football surely got robbed from one of its brightest prospects.

Centre-Midfielder: Paul Scholes

Scholes is certainly one of the best midfielders of his generation, with his clean touch, endless passing range, calmness of the ball even under pressure and his rarely relinquishing possession. 

He has played his whole career for the Red Devils, having made 718 appereances and scored 155 goals. He has celebrated 11 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues.

Right-Midfielder: George Best

We might have great dribblers today, like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta and others, but George Best has dribbled past way more defenders than all of them combined.

His agility and incredible balance allowed him to run circles around all the defenders of the opposition.

The Northern-Ireland born winger is considered as one of the most talented football players that have ever grace a football field.

Attacking-Midfielder: Bobby Charlton

The ultimate icon of Manchester United. The all-time top scorer with 249 goals, the second most appeared with 758 appereances and countless other things in a long list of individual honours, Sir Bobby Charlton is remembered for his exquisite skills - grace, speed, athleticism and an insanely accurate thunderbolt shot with both feet.

Left-Midfielder: Cristiano Ronaldo

Sir Alex took a 17-year-old kid from Sporting Lisbon and turned him into an absolute beast of a player.

The Portugal captain has singlehandedly given Manchester United the Champions League and Premier League title in the 2007/2008 season, with his 42 goals and his leading presence under the most challenging moments. He won the Ballon d'Or the same year.

Centre-Forward: Eric Cantona

The go-to man for Manchester United in the 90s, Cantona won trophies with his his crucial, often genius, match-deciding goals.

The Frenchman had great technique, vision, balance, strength and goalscoring ability, but most of all he was a footballing idol, as a whole generation of boys in Europe grew up putting their collar up, just because it was Cantona's cool signature.

Centre-Forward: Dennis Law

Probably the Red Devils' best goalscorer ever. Part of the succesful 60s United along with the likes of Charlton and Best, he won the European Cup in 1968. 

He has scored 237 goals in 404 appereances for Manchester United, during his 9-year spell.
Law is also the only Scotish football player to ever win the Ballon d'Or.

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