Ryan Giggs names greatest Manchester United XI he's played with

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Ryan Giggs spent his entire 24-year career playing for the most successful club in England's illustrious football history so, naturally, the Manchester United legend had the chance to play with some of the world's best footballers.

The Welshman, who hung up his boots in 2014 to take charge of his beloved club following the sacking of Moyes, remains within the halls of Old Trafford to this day but is now seen in the dugout alongside Louis van Gaal rather than on the pitch.

But while the focus is now surely becoming the manager of the Red Devils, Giggs has no problem looking back at the fond memories of his playing days. That is probably why he agreed to name his all-time Manchester United XI for Sky Sports earlier this week.


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Appearing on the popular Fantasy Football Club show, Giggs was charged with the task of creating a side made up of only his former Manchester United team-mates, which is by no means an easy task.

Giggs would have had to choose between the likes of Patrice Evra and Denis Irwin, Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Saar, Roy Keane and, er, Eric Djemba-Djemba.

Needless to say, no one Manchester United fan will completely agree with Giggs' selection, but he has still managed to knit together an outfit that would surely break all kinds of Premier League records today.

Here is the team:

Here is what Giggs had to say:

Peter Schmeichel: "It was probably between three goalkeepers - Schmeichel, Neville Southall and Edwin van der Saar. But Peter was at the top of his game when I played with him… he was larger than life, a massive character and a winner."

Gary Neville: "The easiest decision in the team. He was England's No 1 for so many years and he was so consistent. His biggest quality was his positional play, he was always in the right position."

Jaap Stam: "He had everything. He was good in the air, had good feet, was quick, strong and aggressive."

Rio Ferdinand: "He was a brilliant leader, brilliant in the air and a great defender. He would work well with Stam too."

Denis Irwin: "Another difficult one because I played with two brilliant left-backs - Denis Irwin and Patrice Evra. I just go for Denis because he was so consistent and he scored goals from penalties, free-kicks and open play and could also play with both feet."

David Beckham: "The best crosser of the ball I have ever seen. You would make a run and he would put the ball into your path without having to break stride. A brilliant footballer."

Roy Keane: "The best captain I played under. A brilliant player who led by example. He would be the first name on my team sheet."

Paul Scholes: "He could control a game and complemented Keane brilliantly. He was an unbelievable talent."

Cristiano Ronaldo: "He was a brilliant player. He took a bit of time to settle but then grew into the world's best player and has got stronger and stronger. He can score every type of goal and is just a phenomenal player."

Eric Cantona: "He had a massive influence on my career as a young player coming into the team. We struck up a good relationship and he ruled Old Trafford for five years. He was an unbelievable talent to play with and watch in games and training."

Wayne Rooney: "He has got a bit of everything. He has embraced the role of captaining his country and then being United's captain. He has been so consistent after starting out at such a young age."

You can watch the video, courtesy of Sky Sports, by clicking here and, if you're wealthy enough to have it on your television, you can watch The Fantasy Football Club at 5.30pm on Friday evening.

What do you think of Ryan Giggs' selection? Have your say in the comment box below!

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