Cristiano Ronaldo

Sir Alex Ferguson in no doubt over first player in all-time Man Utd team and it’s not Cristiano Ronaldo

Sir Alex Ferguson led Manchester United to the pinnacle of English and European football during his time at Old Trafford, winning several league and cup competitions.

During his 26-year reign, a number of international names entered United, including Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney to name a few.

The Scot made several famous streaks, nothing more than a creative mission to get rivals Liverpool “out of their place” and did just that by outselling their East Lanx Road rivals in honors with Sir Alex at the helm.

November 6 marks the day Ferguson replaced Ron Atkinson as Manchester United manager and this year means it’s been 35 years since his appointment.

His 1,500-match career ended in May 2013 and in that year, he was asked probably the coach’s most dreaded question who was the best player during his time with the Reds.

“People ask you: ‘Who is the best Man United team? “It’s absolutely impossible,” he told the Sunday World newspaper.

“It is absolutely impossible. Look at the attackers I used to come back to [Brian] McClear, [Mark] Hughes, [Andy] Cole, Cantona, [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy [Louis] Saha, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, [Dwight] York, Teddy Sheringham.

Then to the current players – Wayne Rooney, [Robin] Van Persie, Chicharito [Javier Hernandez]. How do you choose it? Cantona and someone else perhaps?

“The midfield might have been a little easier because you did it [Roy] Ken, [Bryan] Robson and [Paul] Scholes – they were great players – and [David] Beckham, Ronaldo and [Ryan] Giggs.

While he has described United’s current talisman, Ronaldo, as “the most talented”, he has shed some light on one of the most consistent performers in his autobiography.

Ferguson wrote: “Honestly, I’d say Dennis Irwin is the only sure-fire person to join the team. I’d call him an eight out of ten.”

“At Highbury in one game, he got a bad pass in the last minute [Dennis] Bergkamp came and scored. After the match, the press said: “You must be disappointed with that pass.” Well, I said, one mistake in 10 years isn’t bad. He was an incredible player.”

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