Saturday, March 19, 2011

Alex Fergusons All Time Greatest Ever Manchester United XI

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As I am sure you will agree this team would put fear into any opposition and would doubtless bring Fergie his 19th Premier League title.

Goalkeeper: Peter Schmeichel

A Danish legend who requires little introduction. Signed by Fergie in 1991 for £530,000 (Fergie descibed it as the bargain of the century) and won five FA Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup, and the UEFA Champions League. He was the rock from which Fergie built his dynasty.

Left-Back: Patrice Evra

Substituted at half-time on his debut is about the only thing Evra has done wrong at United. Signed in 2006, Fergie turned him into the best left-back in the world. The Frenchman epitomises Fergie’s fighting spirit and became a fan favourite with his winding-up tactics when facing Arsenal.

Right-Back: Gary Neville
A player with legendary status. Neville played 19 years for his boy-hood club appearing in 602 games. Fergie describes him as the best right-back of this generation – high praise indeed. Neville was part of the Fergie Fledglings that dominated English football for 15 years (and counting).
Centre-Back: Jaap Stam
Have Manchester United had a more powerful centre-back? He may have fallen out with Fergie over revelations in his autobiography but even the manager regrets selling him. He won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, the Intercontinental Cup and the UEFA Champions League.
Centre Back: Nemanja Vidic
Hands down the best centre-back in the Premier League for the last few seasons and was rewarded by Fergie with the captain’s armband. The Serbian is classy, powerful, rugged, quick and much more. Has formed a formidable partnership with Rio Ferdinand.
Left-Wing: Ryan Giggs
The reason this list was so hard to compile was because of this man. He is now in his 21st season as a first-team player and holds the United appearance record of 862 games, scoring 158 goals. The Welsh wizard is the most decorated player in Premier League history with 24 medals.
Right-Wing: Cristiano Ronaldo
The boy from Portugal who conquered the world. He can do everything – dribble, shoot and he heads like an old-fashioned League Two centre-forward. He won three League titles, the FA Cup, two League Cups and a Champions League. Was voted World player of the Year whilst at Old Trafford.
Central Midfielder: Roy Keane
He broke into the first-team at a time when Bryan Robson and Paul Ince were the senior players. A tough character but the ultimate team player, leading the United team through their most dominating period and inspiring future generations. A great player who embellished Fergie’s fighting spirit.
Central Midfielder: Paul Scholes
Widely regarded as one of the finest midfielders of his generation and was part of the Fergie Fledglings. He started his career as a striker but Fergie realised his passing quality was too good to be wasted. He is still playing despite a chronic eye problem and suffering from asthma. Has won 16 major medals at United.
Striker: Eric Cantona
The legend who single-handedly turned United into a force. The Frenchman signed from Leeds and United won the League. He got banned for his kung-fu kick, United lost the League. He returned, United won. Enough said.
Striker: Ruud Van Nistlerooy
He won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield. Van Nistelrooy hit 150 goals in just 219 games for United, as well as being their all-time European record goalscorer.