Date: 14th December 2006 at 7:34pm
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Sir Alex Ferguson has named five players from his tenure at Manchester United whom he rated as world class.

His choices may surprise some people so read them and then name your own top five.

‘I’ve been blessed with several world-class players.

‘Peter Schmeichel was certainly one.

‘Ryan Giggs, for me, definitely. Eric Cantona could have been even better, but for the parts of him you had to control.

‘Wayne Rooney. That’s four – and I think Ronaldo is going to be. He’s playing in the hardest position, out wide, and never refuses to take the ball and attack players.

‘He’s two-footed, he’s brave and, once his decision-making improves, he’ll be world-class without question. Then there’s Roy Keane. That’s five.

‘And there’s an argument for Paul Scholes, the cleverest midfield player we’ve ever had.

‘To work with such people has been an absolute pleasure.

‘It’s fulfilled every aspiration that occurred to me when I joined the Scotland set-up and encountered the likes of Dalglish and Souness.’


It can be argued that Rooney is not world class yet. He definitely has potential but potential in itself is not enough as Roy Keane pointed out not long after he had became Sunderland boss. I think Paul Scholes should be included instead of him and I’d extend the list to eight to accomodate Mark Hughes, Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce. They deserve to be in that category.