Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has left Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes out of his Dream Manchester United XI - his former teammates at Old Trafford - and hinted that he does not believe the former is a truly great player.

Giggs, who is still playing for the Red Devils at the age of 40, was left out in favour of Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Having a great career doesn’t mean you’re a great player, I think there is a big difference," Keane said in an ITV documentary, which will be broadcast this evening.

However, the current Republic of Ireland assistant manager quickly backtracked, adding: "I’m not saying Giggsy wasn’t... do I leave Ronaldo out? One of the world’s greatest players? Do I leave Becks out? I just couldn’t feel like I could leave Becks out."

Indeed, Keane ended up selecting Beckham on the right wing and Ronaldo on the left, while he selected Paul Ince and himself in the central midfield roles.

This meant there was also no place for Scholes, who is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in Manchester United's history.

Another surprising omission was Gary Neville, who was pipped to the right-back spot by Paul Parker.

And Keane opted for Eric Cantona and Ruud van Nistelrooy over Wayne Rooney.

Roy Keane's Manchester United XI:

GK: Peter Schmeichel
RB: Paul Parker
CB: Gary Pallister
CB: Jaap Stam
LB: Denis Irwin
RM: David Beckham
CM: Paul Ince
CM: Roy Keane
LM: Cristiano Ronaldo
ST: Eric Cantona
ST: Ruud van Nistelrooy

Paul Scholes
Gary Neville
Ryan Giggs
Roy Keane
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