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Sir Alex Ferguson dominated English football during his 27 year spell at Manchester United and one topic of debate has always been his greatest ever players.
Ferguson managed to build legendary teams with ease and players from each one were always compared with one another.
The man himself has remarked he only ever managed four world class players in his career, but SPORTbible have decided to put together a definitive XI of 'Fergie's' best ever players.
Goalkeeper - Peter Schmeichel
Ferguson's 'problem position' was always between the sticks but his successful choices blessed United with the three best goalkeepers in their modern history.
Edwin van der Sar is unlucky to miss out considering his impact on United's dominance of the mid 2000's and David De Gea is currently one of the best in the world.
Despite all this, the nod has to go to Peter Schmeichel, as the Dane helped redefine what it meant to be a goalkeeper and earned his nickname of 'The Great Dane'.
Right Back - Gary Neville
Once Neville established himself in United's first team in 1994, he was very rarely taken out of the right-back slot.
He played 602 games in a 19 year spell for United and is often tarred with the brush of just being 'a hard worker'.
Neville in his prime managed to balance technical ability with raw passion as well as any player in United history.
Central Defence - Jaap Stam
Dutch defender Stam has the ominous tag of being Ferguson's biggest regret in football.
Stam spent three years at United and was a stalwart in defence, but was sold to Lazio in 2001 in a decision Ferguson labelled as 'bad'.
When the boss himself admits he regrets selling you, it's earned you a place in his greatest team.
Central Defence - Rio Ferdinand
United spent £30 million to bring Ferdinand to Old Trafford in 2002 in a move that raised eyebrows at the time.
But the deal proved to be worth every penny as Ferdinand became one of the world's best defenders and won 10 major honours before departing in 2014.
His partnership with Nemanja Vidic is often looked upon as one of the finest tandems of their generation.
Left-Back - Patrice Evra
What makes Evra's United career so remarkable is that it started in the worst way possible.
Evra made his debut in a 3-1 loss to bitter rivals Manchester City in January 2006 and was substitute at half-time.
But he would prove the doubters wrong by going on to win five Premier League titles as well as the Champions League.
Denis Irwin could also have featured at left-back but there's no doubting both full-backs left their mark in United's history.
Central Midfield - Roy Keane
Despite his ugly exit in 2005, English football was changed forever when Roy Keane reached his prime.
The Cork native was ruthlessly competitive and settled for nothing but the best during his time in Manchester.
His time as captain brought unparalleled success and he won every trophy possible under Ferguson.
Central Midfield - Paul Scholes
Scholes is the first player on this list that Ferguson dubbed world class.
The diminutive midfielder is often described as one of English football's most technical stars and he is admired by some of the world's greats.
He initially retired in 2011 with 10 Premier League's and two Champions League's to his name, but came out of retirement in 2012 for another spell in which he added an 11th Premier League title.
Central Midfield - Ryan Giggs
Giggs is arguably Manchester United's greatest ever player.
He played a whopping 963 games for the club and was a part of every single Premier League winning side Ferguson ever built, in addition to scoring in 21 different Premier League seasons.
It comes as no surprise the Welshman is another man Ferguson gave the highest compliments to.
Forward - Cristiano Ronaldo
Joining as a raw 18-year-old in 2003 only to leave as the world's best player for a then world record fee in 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of United's greatest ever successes.
He announced himself to the world in a friendly against Ferguson's side who decided there and then he was the real deal.
Once Ronaldo settled into life in England, the Portuguese superstar never looked back and has become one of football's biggest icons.
The third world class player Ferguson managed.
Forward - Wayne Rooney
For some of a certain age, Wayne Rooney is the face of Manchester United.
A 13 year career which saw him win every possible trophy on top of breaking the club's goal scoring record, he is a bonafide living legend.
He kicked his United stint off in style with a hat-trick against Fenerbahce and the rest is history.
Rooney left in 2017 after lifting the Europa League as captain with his legacy firmly established.
Forward - Eric Cantona
Cantona is often the signing credited for kicking off United's era of dominance and it cannot be argued.
His five year stint yielded huge success and his enigmatic personality captured the hearts of fans.
The final player that Ferguson deemed world class.
Honourable mentions include Edwin van der Sar, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick, David Beckham, Andy Cole, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie among many others.
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