In Pictures: Sir Alex's 'A' Team
May 9, 2013
Centre-back – Nemanja Vidic. Along with Rio Ferdinand, the Serb had formed the centre-half pairing on which much of United’s recent success has been based. Fearless and absolutely dominant in the air, he has emerged as possibly the Premier League’s ???
Left-back – Patrice Evra. United have had two dominant attacking left-backs in Ferguson’s era. Evra just makes the team over Dennis Irwin. The Frenchman was signed in January 2006 at the same time as Vidic, and also become the mainstay of a defence th???
Centre midfielder – Paul Scholes. To look at the praise Scholes received when he retired – before making a comeback – at the end 2010/11 shows the esteem in which fellow players hold him. Barcelona captain Xavi called Scholes “the best midfielder ???
Goalkeeper – Peter Schmeichel. The great Dane was one of Ferguson’s best signings – bought for a bargain £505,00 (Dh2.93m) – and he was a rock for United over eight seasons. Perhaps the greatest keeper of all time, maybe his best performance came???
Substitute: Centre-back – Rio Ferdinand. Carl Recine / Action Images
Centre midfield – Roy Keane. If ever there was an on-pitch embodiment of Ferguson’s burning desire to win, it was Keane. The Irishman won eight league titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League. Was a controversial character, but a true leader on the???
Centre forward – Ruud van Nistelrooy. Ferguson has signed several top-class forwards – and a few flops too – in his time at Old Trafford. In pure goal scoring terms, Van Nistelrooy tops the bill. The Dutchman scored 95 league goals in 150 games, 150???
Left midfielder – Ryan Giggs. His career at Old Trafford is almost as long Ferguson’s as he comes to the end of his 23rd season. The Welshman – who has won 13 league titles – holds too many records to mention. A feared winger in his prime, his lon???
Substitute: Centre forward - Wayne Rooney. Paul Ellis / AFP
Right midfield – Cristiano Ronaldo. Two of the most influential United players of the last decade played on the right of midfield. Ronaldo shades it over David Beckham, based on his impact on a United team that lacked the all round quality of Beckham’???
Substitute: Right midfield – David Beckham. Darren Walsh / Action Images
Substitute: Full-back - Denis Irwin. Vanderlei Almeida / AFP
Substitute: Goalkeeper – Edwin van der Saar. Alex Livesey / Getty Images
Centre forward – Eric Cantona. Undoubtedly Ferguson’s greatest signing, Cantona took United to another level and had an impact that is still felt at the club. The first foreign superstar of the Premier League era, his flair – and temper – made him???
Right-back – Gary Neville. Underrated by some, disliked by opposition fans, Neville was part of Fergie’s squad from his first title-winning season in 1992/93 (though Neville didn’t play in the league) unitl he retired in 2010/11. Won eight Premier L???
Centre-back – Jaap Stam. Though he left Old Trafford under a cloud after falling out with Ferguson, Dutchman Stam was influential in United’s 1999 Treble season. Imposing at the back, he was also a threat driving forward from the back. Fergie admitted???