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Without Beckham, Rooney, Keane – Sir Alex named the four “world class” he had at United

Sir Alex Ferguson worked with a number of amazing footballers in his 26 years in charge of Manchester United, but the legendary Scot singled out just four as “world-class” players.

“If you read the newspapers or listen to the analysts on television, it seems as if we have been flooded with ‘world-class’ footballers,” Fergie wrote in his 2015 book “Leading”.

I don’t mean to insult or criticize any of the wonderful players I had during my 26-year career at United, but only four of them were truly “world class”: Cantona, Giggs, Ronaldo and Scholes.

And of those four, Cristiano was the icing on the cake.”

Surprisingly or not, the “world class” players listed do not feature names such as David Beckham, United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand and many more.

Ferguson further singled out Giggs and Scholes for their longevity. “They are above everyone. Who has played at this level for so long in the Premier League? Absolutely nobody. Of course, when we talk about Ronaldo, there is already a real genius.”

These days, Cristiano is back at United, but his brilliant years are behind him. In the summer, the Portuguese asked to leave “Old Trafford”, but never found a team. His contract with United expires at the end of the season, but there is increasing talk of a return to Sporting Lisbon in the winter.

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