Ryan Giggs selects his Manchester United XI from his teammates

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There have been some incredible players that have played for Manchester United in recent years.

The fact that the Red Devils have won 13 titles since the inception of the Premier League 1992, becoming the most successful club in domestic football, proves just that.

While world-class talents have come and gone at Old Trafford, there’s one player that remained at the club throughout their glory days.

Ryan Giggs spent 24 seasons at the club, breaking records, winning trophies and becoming a coach and assistant manager before leaving this summer.

As a result, the Welshman became the most decorated player in the club’s history, winning an incredible 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Champions Leagues.

But Giggs didn’t achieve all that without a little bit of help from his teammates. So, when asked by WalesOnline to name the greatest Manchester United XI from players he played with, he obviously had a very tough task.

But the former winger did just that and the XI is mighty impressive.

Here it is:

Goalkeeper | Peter Schmeichel

Right-back | Gary Neville

Centre-back | Jaap Stam

Centre-back | Rio Ferdinand

Left-back | Dennis Irwin

Right-midfield | David Beckham

Centre-midfield | Paul Scholes

Centre-midfield | Roy Keane

Left-midfield | Ryan Giggs

Striker | Cristiano Ronaldo

Striker | Wayne Rooney

Not bad at all. But the exclusion of Eric Cantona is likely to upset plenty of United fans.

But the greatest player in that particular XI could be Giggs himself. That’s what Paul Scholes would say after he named Giggs as the best player he’s ever played with on BT Sport last week.

“No, I would pick Giggsy," he said when asked if he was the best player at United during his time.

“I think there’s probably 25 United players you could pick, but Giggsy is the one - he lit the place up on the big European nights, [against the likes of] Juventus, Barcelona. Sensational to play with.”

BT Sport host Jake Humphrey then asked the retired midfielder if Giggs is the best player he played either with or against during his illustrious career.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, yeah,” Scholes added.

“Brilliant trainer, brilliant footballer - could do everything: score goals, make goals, defend, could tackle.

“He was the one special person on a big European night who could really get the place going.”

The former midfielder may have just been returning the favour after, last month, Giggs admitted that he loved playing with Scholes during his playing days.

“The one I most enjoyed playing with was Paul Scholes,” he said when asked to name his best teammate.

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