10 best players who have played under Sir Alex Ferguson

  • Sir Alex has managed some very special players in his 26 years at Old Trafford but who are the cream of the crop?
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Modified 02 Dec 2017, 18:15 IST

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No single person or entity quite personifies the swagger, arrogance and confidence of Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson does.

In 1986, he inherited a struggling team languishing in the relegation zone and built a footballing empire unlike any other.

Winning a few Premier League titles is impressive, but this man won 13 in 26 years. Sir Alex's reign in Manchester signalled a period of dominance in English football that will probably never be matched by any other team or coach.

It's hard to pick out only 10 players out of the hundreds that have played under him. You do not achieve the success that Sir Alex did without having some pretty legendary players to help him along.

Whether it was youth players or new signings, the Scot never had a lack of talent to call upon when needed.

It is hard to leave out the likes of Vidic, van der Saar, van Nistelrooy, and the Neville twins, but such is the incredible array of talent that Ferguson accumulated over his 26-year tenure.

#10 Rio Ferdinand

Ten years after United poached a certain French forward from Leeds, they signed their mercurial centre-back Rio Ferdinand for £30 million, making him the most expensive defender in history.

And while critics and rival fans criticised his rather steep transfer fee, Rio went about his job with a no-nonsense approach that came to signify his legendary partnership at the back with Nemanja Vidic.

Currently a BT Sport pundit, Ferdinand was amazingly consistent in his 12 seasons at Old Trafford, amassing 455 appearances, and cementing his place as one of the greatest defenders to have worn the famous red shirt.


He collected 13 trophies during his time at United, including 6 Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008, which he capped off by captaining his side to a memorable win over Chelsea in Moscow.

With 81 caps for England, he has the second most number of appearances as a defender for the national team, second only to Ashley Cole.

In 2004, an eight-month drug ban threatened to derail his entire career, but to his credit, he came back stronger and made 37 appearances for United in the 2005/06 season, helping them finish 2nd in the league.

Also read: 5 of the best Manchester United players in the last 10 years

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Published 02 Dec 2017, 18:15 IST
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