Ferguson: I only had “four world class players” at Manchester United


Sir Alex Ferguson has been giving plenty of interview over the past 24 hours as the former Manchester United manager promotes his new book: Leading.

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On Monday during a debate alongside co-author Sir Michael Moritz, Fergie, 73, spilled the beans on plenty of his feelings since he retired in 2013, including how managers must “win” press conferences.

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After guiding United to their 13th PL title in 20 attempts under his stewardship, the legendary Scottish manager stepped down after being in charge at Old Trafford for 26 years as he also won two UEFA Champions League trophies with the Red Devils to leave a lasting legacy of success.

United have struggled to cope without Ferguson at the helm, as first his hand-picked successor David Moyes was fired during his debut season, and Louis Van Gaal has spent over $400 million completely rebuilding the team in hopes of replicating the glorious Ferguson-era.

Via the Daily Mail, Ferguson revealed that he only believes he managed four “world class players” during his near three-decade stay at United.

“If you read the papers or listen to the television commentators, we seem to be awash with ‘world-class’ footballers. In my book there are only two world-class players playing today: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo,” Ferguson said. “I don’t mean to demean or criticize any of the great or very good footballers who played for me during my 26-year career at United, but there were only four who were world class: Cantona, Giggs, Ronaldo and Scholes. And of the four Cristiano was like an ornament on the top of a Christmas tree.”

What about Roy Keane? David Beckham? Wayne Rooney?

Ferguson conceded many players had a huge impact at Old Trafford but earmarked the four aforementioned stars as head and shoulders above the rest.

Do you agree with his selections?