Alex Ferguson chooses a very surprising player as the only certainty in his all-time Man United XI

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Now, when you discuss an all-time Premier League XI, the majority of players on show will come from Manchester United.

This is not down to bias, but due to the fact that under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Red Devils dominated the division after it was created in 1992.

They would lift the title 13 times under the Scot, as well as lifting the Champions League on two separate occasions.

Oh, and he also won a fair number of League Cups and FA Cups.

Safe to say that during his reign - which spanned over a quarter of a century - Ferguson coached some of the finest players we have ever seen. Not just in England, but in the world.

Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes and Ruud van Nistelrooy are just four that spring to mind, but the list really is endless.

Fergie had the knack of building a world-class squad time and time again, with a lot of talent emerging from the club's famous academy.

So, if the legendary manager had to pick an all-time XI from his time at Old Trafford, he would certainly find it difficult.


In fact, talking about the midfield and attack left him very confused indeed.


"People ask you: 'Who is your best Man United team?' and it's absolutely impossible," Ferguson told, per ESPN.

"It is absolutely impossible. You look at the strikers I had, going back to [Brian] McClair, [Mark] Hughes, [Andy] Cole, Cantona, [Ruud] van Nistelrooy, [Louis] Saha, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, [Dwight] Yorke, Teddy Sheringham.


"Then to the present players - Wayne Rooney, [Robin] van Persie, Chicharito [Javier Hernandez]. How do you pick out of that? Cantona and somebody else maybe?"

No mention of Ronaldo. But, the only time Fergie gives some clarity is when he moves on to his defence and he nominates a slightly surprising candidate as the only certainly in his XI.


"Honestly, I would say Denis Irwin would be the one certainty to get in the team. I called him an eight out of 10," Ferguson said.

Denis Irwin

"At Highbury in one game, he had a bad pass back in the last minute and [Dennis] Bergkamp came in and scored. After the game the press said: 'You must be disappointed in that pass back.' I said: 'Well, one mistake in 10 years isn't bad.' He was an unbelievable player."

High, high praise for Irwin. The Irishman was a fantastic defender and was signed for only £625,000 from Oldham. Bargain.

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