The Real Footie Analyst

Sir Alex Ferguson’s greatest team over the last 25 years

Goalkeeper: Peter Schmeichel – he is still the benchmark for Manchester United No 1’s. Nobody has even come close to his achievements so far.

Right-back: Gary Neville – until his final injury-filled days, few opponents got the better of him. One of Fergie’s loyal servants over the years.

Centre-back: Rio Ferdinand – a huge figure in central defence and although injuries threaten to curtail his career, he was unbeatable at his peak. Just beats Vidic to he list.

Centre-back: Jaap Stam – the Dutch defender was a rock in United’s defence and a key factor in the 1999 treble. Fell out with Fergie which subsequently ended his career.

Left-back: Denis Irwin – a £625,000 buy from Oldham in 1990 and stayed for 12 years. Arguably Ferguson’s best value-for-money signing.

Centre-mid: Paul Scholes – his value to United has become ever more apparent since his retirement in the summer. United are still looking for a suitable replacement.

Centre-mid: Roy Keane – the Irishman bossed United’s midfield and was often the driving force behind many of United’s hard-fought victories. A captain that lead from the front but eventually fell out of favour with the gaffer for speaking his mind.

Left-wing: Ryan Giggs – Fergie likened Ryan Giggs to ‘a piece of paper blowing in the wind’ when he first saw him as a schoolboy. Nearly 900 appearances later, the Welshman is still going strong.

Right-wing: Cristiano Ronaldo – David Beckham is close second but Cristiano was crowned the world’s best player during his time at United – and is still rated in the top two – has to have a place. Eventually left for Real Madrid but he is one of Fergie’s most successful signings ever.

Centre-forward: Eric Cantona – King Eric was once the darling of Old Trafford and Fergie still hails him as the ‘best ever signing I made’. Signed from Leeds for only £1.2m raised a few eyebrows but he went on to become one of the most influential players during his time there under Fergie.

Centre-forward: Wayne Rooney – Shares a unique relationship with the boss and only recently almost left the club after falling out with Fergie over where the club’s future was heading. A maverick at times but also match-winner the manager can count on when needed. Beats the likes of Ruud van Nistlerooy, Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke to the list.

Those are my top players I think Fergie managed in his 25 years at Manchester United – who do you think I’ve missed out on? Tell me what our team would be.

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