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Fergie’s Top Four: Who Were His World Class Players?

October 10, 2015

- Grant Whittington

In spite of Manchester United’s incomparable success over the years in league, cup, and European competitions former manager Alex Ferguson has revealed that in fact he only considers four of his past players to be on a world class level. So who are the lucky handful of players that the legendary football manager has picked out from his long 26 year reign at Old Trafford, and more importantly who were left out?!

He may well be the most successful manager in English football history but his recent comments as to just who he actually considered to be world class has caused quite the debate between football fans from all walks of life. The shocking revelation came ahead of the release of his latest autobiography “Leading”. Always one happy to stir up a little controversy with his opinions, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed the names of Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Cristiano Ronaldo as his quartet of “truly world-class talents”.


The Frenchman Cantona was an obvious choice as is Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently enjoying an incredibly successful playing career at Real Madrid. Home grown talents Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes make up the four who were of course both crucial parts to the clubs many memorable victories over the years. So whilst many won’t have too many complaints about Fergie’s choices it was more a question of who he decided to leave off his list which remarkably would suggest that he doesn’t class these players as world class candidates.


Let’s just take a second to think about the many faces at Man United over the years that many would consider being top class players and certainly who those who should be considered as world class. First up there’s goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel who spent 8 years at the club, was the Premier League’s best ever goalkeeper, and was often hailed as the greatest keeper in the world and whose clean sheets were vital in helping Manchester United lift title after title. Then there’s Roy Keane who captained his team to victory again and again with his determined attitude and formidable presence in every game he played.


The biggest and probably most surprising omission from the list has to be the notably absent David Beckham. His impact on the game both for his club and on an international level was at the time almost unparalleled and he since become the world’s most recognisable and iconic figures in the world of sport. So of course when his name is left out of such a prestigious list eyebrows are raised somewhat. Throw in the oversight of such players like Bryan Robson, Rio Ferdinand and star striker Wayne Rooney and suddenly you can see that Alex Ferguson was definitely a hard man to impress during his Old Trafford tenure.

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