Man United legends have named their all-time Premier League best 11 excluding United players

Manchester United have dominated English football for much of the Premier League era.

The Red Devils have won 13 Premier League titles since it’s inception in 1992, eight more than Chelsea.

In that time frame they’ve had a host of world-class players; including Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand.

When thinking of an all-time Premier League XI, the team will largely consist of players that have played for the Manchester club.

But what would an all-time Premier League XI look like which excludes Man United players?

Five members of United’s famous ‘Class of 92’ have answered that question.

Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt have put their heads together and here is what they came up with…

GK – David Seaman

Gary Neville will have raised eyebrows when he said Thibaut Courtois was better than Petr Cech, but in the end they settled on David Seaman.

The English goalkeeper played a key role in Arsenal’s success under Arsene Wenger, helping the club to two Premier League titles.

LB – Ashley Cole

The five former players unanimously chose Ashley Cole at left-back.

The Englishman was part of Arsenal’s famous ‘invincible’ side before becoming one of the best left-backs in the world at Chelsea.

CB – John Terry

Gary Neville called John Terry a ‘certainty’ for the team; an idea his colleagues agreed with.

Chelsea’s former captain made 492 Premier League appearances for the club, scoring 41 goals.

CB – Vincent Kompany

Chosen to partner John Terry in the side is Vincent Kompany.

The Manchester City defender has been sensational since joining City in 2008.

RB – Pablo Zabaleta

They chose Pablo Zabaleta at right-back, narrowly beating out competition from Lee Dixon.

The Argentine was one of the world’s most consistent players in his position during his days at Manchester City, and is still going strong at West Ham.

CM – Patrick Vieira

Vieira was a part of Arsenal’s ‘invincibles’ and went on to enjoy nine seasons with Arsenal, before returning later on in his career with Manchester City.

CM – Steven Gerrard

There wasn’t too much debate here as Steven Gerrard was chosen to occupy a midfield berth.

Gerrard never won the Premier League during his playing career but was still the focal point of Liverpool for the majority of his 17 season stint with the club.

CM – Frank Lampard

After much debate, Frank Lampard was given a role in the team.

Lampard scored 177 Premier League goals in his career; the fourth most in history.

RW – Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard was deemed a ‘certainty’ for the team.

The 28-year-old has won two Premier League titles with Chelsea, making 230 appearances and scoring 79 goals along the way.

LW – Thierry Henry

Although a natural striker, Thierry Henry was put in the team at left-wing.

Thierry Henry emerged into one of the best strikers in world football during his time with Arsenal, where he scored 175 goals in 258 Premier League games.

ST – Alan Shearer

The last place in their team went to Alan Shearer.

The Newcastle-born striker is the Premier League’s top scorer in history, having scored 260 goals in his career.

A few Premier League greats, including Cech, Tony Adams and Gareth Bale may feel hard done by.

They were then allowed to bring in one former Man United player, with Ronaldo chosen to replace Hazard.

What do you think of their selections? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

 

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  1. For me:
    GK: Van der sar
    LB: Patrice Evra
    CB: John Terry
    CB: Vincent Company
    RB: Pablo Zabaleta
    CM: Steven Gerrard
    CM: Frank Lampard
    RW: Ryan Giggs
    LW: Thiery Henry
    F: Alan Shearer

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