Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Denis Irwin would be his first pick in his ultimate Manchester United XI, reported by The Sun.
Ferguson, who retired at the end of last season, spent 26-years at Old Trafford and worked with a number of title winning players and superstars including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Eric Cantona.
The Scot admitted it would be extremely difficult to pick an XI, especially with the great talent he had in attack and midfield.
Ferguson said: “Look at the strikers I had... Hughes, Cantona, Cole, Van Nistelrooy, Yorke.
“In midfield, Keane, Robson, Scholes, Beckham, Ronaldo, Giggs. How do you pick out of that?"
However, the former Red Devils chief has insisted former left-back Irwin would be his number one pick.
Irwin spent 12 years at the Theatre of Dreams racking up almost 400 appearances for the club and was a consistent professional under Ferguson.
And, when discussing his greatest ever XI, the ex-United boss continued by saying: “But, honestly, I would say Denis Irwin would be the one certainty to get in the team. I called him an eight out of 10 player.
“At Highbury once, he had a bad pass back in the last minute and Dennis Bergkamp scored.
“After the game the Press said, ‘You must be disappointed in that pass?’ I said, ‘Well, one mistake in 10 years isn’t bad’. He was an unbelievable player.”
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