Manchester United: 25 Best Players of Sir Alex Ferguson's 25 Years with the Club

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Manchester United: 25 Best Players of Sir Alex Ferguson's 25 Years with the Club
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For Manchester United to win so much in the last 25 years, you need great players as well as a great manager. Arguably, Sir Alex is the greatest of all time; some of his players come close.

Apart from his legendary passion and drive, Ferguson has had to sign, develop, select and integrate a wide variety of talents, personalities, nationalities and egos. With one possible exception, no man has been bigger than the club (except the Boss of course).

When you consider that his job was supposedly under threat in late 1989, three years after his arrival, what he has achieved in the last 22 years is nothing less than extraordinary. While some players cost massive fees (Rio, Rooney and Berbatov), others on our list were free (Giggs and Scholes).

Among the other items of evidence of his managerial competence is surely the loyalty of so many of his players. Some came through the Academy and were "one-club men" (Gary Neville); others were signed and stayed for the rest of their career (Denis Irwin).

Each of you will have your own view of who should be on this list and even who should be No. 1. There is a balance to be struck between statistics and skill.

Given that Manchester United is a team that always strives to entertain (even when 3-1 down to your nearest rivals!), those that pleased the eye should surely be near the top.

So here, in reverse order, is one person's view of the 25 best players to play for Sir Alex. Some have been excluded because they only occupied a small portion at the start of his realm; others were excluded because they may still have many years at Old Trafford ahead of them.

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