Greatest Ever Manchester United XI
Garry Bailey was a very good goal keeper as was Harry Gregg. Alex Stephney served the club admirably and Edwin Van Der Saar is also another very good goalkeeper but they all pale in comparison to the Great Dane, Peter Schmeichel.
He is, in my humble opinion, the greatest goal keeper that I ever saw just ahead of Dassaev of the USSR and Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus.
Paul Parker was a very good right back as were John Gidman and Mike Duxbury, Gary Neville is a good and reliable 1 in addition. While Jimmy Nicholl in addition as Brian Greenhoff did a very fine job as right complete backs. But I have gone with Bill Foulkes as my right back.
Arthur Albiston was an excellent servant for Manchester United as were Ashley Grimes, Noel Cantwell served the club well. But I have gone for Mr Consistency Denis Irwin.
Too many great defenders to choose from so I have to let in this was really very difficult as how do you choose 2 from this list:- Martin Buchan, Gary Pallister, Steve Bruce, Gordon McQueen, Kevin Moran, Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
Well I have not done so as I have gone for Jaap Stam and Paul McGrath. They are both very quick and very substantial defenders.
Central Midfield Pairings
Another headache as way too many fantastic central midfielders have played for Manchester United including Duncan Edwards, whom, I have not picked because I have never seen, already a minute’s footage of him, Nobby Stiles, Paul Scholes, Paul Ince, Bryan Robson, Ray Wilkins, Gordon Strachan, Pat Crerand and Sammy McCllroy.
But I have gone for Roy Keane and Bobby Charlton. Keane just edged out Robson for that role and Charlton had to be in there.
David Beckham just shouts out at you to be picked, as does Steve Coppell. Jesper Olsen and Andrei Kanchelskis were excellent wingers but I have gone for the most exciting natural talent to play for Manchester United, in my view, and that’s current player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ryan Giggs is an obvious candidate and just got edged out. Gordon Hill on his day was exciting as was Mickey Thomas but the obvious choice is Manchester United’s best ever player, George Best.
Too many great candidates for just 2 slots! This was really really difficult as there is Ruud Van Nistlerooy, Wayne Rooney, Mark Hughes, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Norman Whiteside and Brian Kidd to name just a few but I have gone for Eric Cantona and Denis law.
My favourite Manchester United team however is the team that won the double in 93/94 with keane, Ince, Pallister, Bruce, Cantona, Hughes, Giggs/ Irwin, Robson and Schmeichel.
The treble winning team had arguably the best ever midfield quartet in Premiership history. Keane, Beckham, Scholes and Giggs.