Manchester United: Picking a Left-Footed XI in the EPL Era

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Manchester United: Picking a Left-Footed XI in the EPL Era
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With Ryan Giggs no longer physically capable of tearing defenders apart on the flanks and Nani's preference for his favoured position on the right wing, Manchester United's current lack of a true left-sided winger has been highlighted in recent years.

The importance of having left footed players in a squad is often preached by the all-knowing pundits, but in compiling a best XI of United players in the Premier League who favour their left, very few standouts come to mind.

There are the obvious few—Giggs, Bryan Robson and now Robin van Persie—but not many others.

With the exception of Robson, there is an obvious dearth of top quality central defenders and midfielders here. One possible reason for this may be the fact that youngsters with a left foot are often shunted out to left-back or on the left wing when they start playing football.

But then it may also just be coincidence that Sir Alex Ferguson has never coached many truly world class left-footed players.

So when you take a gander at the XI best Red Devils here, know that it's not the fault of the players that they're the best of their kind to run out in United red in the past 20 years.

Because left-footed footballers are human beings too.

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