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Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted he only ever had four world-class players while being in charge at Manchester United.
During his long-term coaching spell at Old Trafford, Ferguson’s squad included a number of big names, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Gary Neville, and Roy Keane. But all of them were branded as just “great players”.
In his book “Leading”, Sir Alex named the four players he considered “world-class”.
“If you read the papers or listen to the television commentators, we seem to be awash with ‘world-class’ footballers,” he wrote.
“I don’t mean to demean or criticise 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.”
Then he added: “The younger breed like Ryan and Scholes were just fantastic players and the thing about those two was longevity.
“Are there players who have played right through the whole of the Premier League and performed at the level they have? There are none, absolutely none.
“Of course Ronaldo was just a complete genius of a player.”