Friday 15 December 2017

Ryan Giggs picks the best XI he has played with and he has massive praise for Roy Keane

Manchester United's Roy Keane (L) hugs Ryan Giggs after winning Champions League
Manchester United's Roy Keane (L) hugs Ryan Giggs after winning Champions League
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has named his all-time dream team from the huge list of football greats he played alongside – and the roll call is hugely impressive.

Giggs won 13 Premier League titles in his record breaking United career, so he had plenty of world class performers to pick from as he sat down with Sky Sports to pick his #One2Eleven for The Fantasy Football Club.

GOALKEEPER - Peter Schmeichel

GIGGS SAYS: "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

GIGGS SAYS: "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."

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Manchester United v West Ham...MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 13: (MINIMUM FEE 250GBP) Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs of Manchester United celebrate winning the Barclays Premiership in the dressing room after the Barclays Premiership match between Manchester United and West Ham at Old Trafford on May 13 2007 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

CENTRE-BACK – Rio Ferdinand

GIGGS SAYS: "He was a brilliant leader, brilliant in the air and a great defender. He would work well with Stam too."

CENTRE-BACK – Jaap Stam

GIGGS SAYS: "He had everything. He was good in the air, had good feet, was quick, strong and aggressive."

LEFT BACK – Denis Irwin

GIGGS SAYS: "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."

RIGHT MIDFIELD – David Beckham

GIGGS SAYS: "The best crosser of the ball I have ever seen. You would make a run and he would put the ball into your path without having to break stride. A brilliant footballer."

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David Beckham and his Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson look in different directions in 2003

MIDFIELD – Roy Keane

GIGGS SAYS: "The best captain I played under. A brilliant player who led by example. He would be the first name on my team sheet."

MIDFIELD – Paul Scholes

"He could control a game and complemented Keane brilliantly. He was an unbelievable talent."

LEFT MIDFIELD – Cristiano Ronaldo

GIGGS SAYS: "He was a brilliant player. He took a bit of time to settle but then grew into the world's best player and has got stronger and stronger. He can score every type of goal and is just a phenomenal player."

FORWARD – Eric Cantona

GIGGS SAYS: "He had a massive influence on my career as a young player coming into the team. We struck up a good relationship and he ruled Old Trafford for five years. He was an unbelievable talent to play with and watch in games and training."

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File photo dated 12-05-1996 of Manchester United's Eric Cantona (left) with the FA Cup and manager Alex Ferguson with the Carling Premiership trophy on their victorious return to Manchester's Victoria Station

FORWARD – Wayne Rooney

GIGGS SAYS: "He has got a bit of everything. He has embraced the role of captaining his country and then being United's captain. He has been so consistent after starting out at such a young age."

Watch The Fantasy Football Club at 5.30pm on Friday evening when Giggs will talk through his #One2Eleven in full

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