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Sir Alex Ferguson picks his all-time Manchester United XI

By Amreen
Sir Alex Ferguson named his all-time Man United XI
Sir Alex Ferguson named his all-time Man United XI / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/GettyImages

Sir Alex Ferguson was asked to pick his all-time Manchester United XI, and did not hesitate to reveal who the first name on his teamsheet would be.

The legendary Scotsman spent 23 years at Old Trafford, winning an incredible 39 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues.

From Eric Cantona and Roy Keane to Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, Ferguson's career at United saw him manage plenty of talented superstars. When asked to pick his best United team, the Red Devils' boss admitted it was an "impossible" task considering the sheer talent in both attack and midfield.

“People ask you: 'Who is your best Man United team?' and it's absolutely impossible,” he told the Sunday World. “It is absolutely impossible. You look at the strikers I had, going back to [Brian] McClair, [Mark] Hughes, [Andy] Cole, Cantona, [Ruud] van Nistelrooy, [Louis] Saha, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, [Dwight] Yorke, Teddy Sheringham.

“Then to the present players -- Wayne Rooney, [Robin] van Persie, Chicharito [Javier Hernandez]. How do you pick out of that? Cantona and somebody else maybe? The midfield was probably a bit easier because you have [Roy] Keane, [Bryan] Robson and Scholes -- they were fantastic players -- and [David] Beckham, Ronaldo and [Ryan] Giggs.”

Ferguson did not touch his defence, but wrote in his autobiography that former United left-back, Denis Irwin, would be the player most likely to secure a place in his team.

“Honestly, I would say Denis Irwin would be the one certainty to get in the team. I called him an eight out of 10,” Ferguson wrote. “At Highbury in one game, he had a bad pass back in the last minute and [Dennis] Bergkamp came in and scored. After the game, the press said: ‘You must be disappointed in that pass back.’ I said: ‘Well, one mistake in 10 years isn't bad.’ He was an unbelievable player.”