Manchester United assistant manager, Ryan Giggs was asked by Sky Sports to pick the best eleven he has ever played with in his career. Giggs, himself, is considered a Man United legend in the eyes of most football fans.
Giggs was speaking to Sky Sports’ as he picked his One2Eleven for The Fantasy Football Club. It might not have been an easy job for the former United player, considering the number of legends that the Man United teams had during the nineties and the noughties.
Below is the list of the top XI players Ryan Giggs played with during his career, along with his quotes about each player. Giggs opted to go for a traditional Man United 4-4-2 formation.
Goalkeeper – Peter Schmeichel
Giggs’ choice for the man between the sticks was the imposing Dane, who played 393 times for the Red Devils over eight seasons.
“It was probably between three goalkeepers - Schmeichel, Neville Southall and Edwin van der Saar. But Peter was at the top of his game when I played with him… he was larger than life, a massive character and a winner.”
Right-back – Gary Neville
Former Man United captain and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was Giggs’ first choice for the right-back position who played for Man United throughout his career that had 602 appearances.
“The easiest decision in the team. He was England's No 1 for so many years and he was so consistent. His biggest quality was his positional play, he was always in the right position.”
Centre-back – Jaap Stam
Although Stam played only just over three seasons for Man United, his impact did not go unnoticed by Giggs as he chose Stam as one of the two centre-backs.
“He had everything. He was good in the air, had good feet, was quick, strong and aggressive.”
Centre-back – Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand made the cut to be the second centre-back in Giggs’ XI. Ferdinand played 455 times for Man United and won six Premier League titles with Giggs. He forged a great partnership with Serbian Nemanja Vidic, who, some might feel, missed out on making Giggs’ team.
“He was a brilliant leader, brilliant in the air and a great defender. He would work well with Stam too.”
Left-back – Denis Irwin
This position had Giggs divided as to whether to pick Irwin or Frenchman Patrice Evra. Giggs decided to go for the Irishman because of his all-round abilities.
“Another difficult one because I played with two brilliant left-backs - Denis Irwin and Patrice Evra. I just go for Denis because he was so consistent and he scored goals from penalties, free-kicks and open play and could also play with both feet.”