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Ryan Giggs picks the best Manchester United XI he has played with

Davis James
4.51K   //    19 Nov 2016, 14:25 IST
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Eric Cantona doesn’t make the cut

Ryan Giggs is one of the most celebrated Manchester United players in the recent past. In a career that spanned 24 years, the Welshman won a whopping 35 trophies (including 9 FA Community Shield trophies) that included a record 13 Premier League titles.

In his time at Old Trafford, Giggs had the opportunity to play with a number of world-class players. Wales Online, in an interview with Giggs, asked the player for the best Manchester United XI that he played with in his long career with the Red Devils.

Although there are some expected names, there are some notable inclusions as well. Former captains, Eric Cantona and Nemanja Vidic failed to make it to Giggs’ side. However, current Untied captain, Wayne Rooney makes the cut along with 2008 Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo as the United frontline.

Giggs, who was the assistant manager of Man United during Louis van Gaal's two-year reign at Old Trafford, named himself as the player-manager of the best XI. Before van Gaal's arrival, Giggs was a player-coach in the coaching setup of then manager, David Moyes, who succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson.

The team includes four players from the decorated Class of ‘92 - David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, himself. They were an integral part of the side that dominated the Premier League during the nineties and the noughties under the guidance of their celebrated manager, Ferguson.

Giggs picked Denis Irwin over Patrice Evra at left-back owing to Erwin being a goalscoring full-back. His centre-back pairing included Rio Ferdinand and Jaap Stam. Along with Scholes in the midfield, Giggs chose former club captain, Roy Keane.

The 42-year-old, who is the McDonald's Head of Welsh Football, was speaking at Welsh club, Albion Rovers FC. Giggs, who is an ambassador for McDonald's, was handing over brand new kits to the club players as well as was in charge of a training session for the club's Under-16 players.

“It was great to get the chance to train with Albion Rovers FC. I was really impressed with the standard of football and the club has a genuine community feel. It is not just the players that make a team but all of the inspirational volunteers who give up their free time and it was a pleasure to be able to give them their new kit today,” Giggs said.

McDonald's have been supporters of grassroots football in Wales and have distributed around 175,000 kits to grassroots clubs since they started their Kit Scheme in 2014.


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