Former manager says he only had 4 world class players at Man United

Of all the fantastic footballers he managed at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson said only four were world class


He spent 26 years at Manchester United, manager over 100 players, but Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he had just four world class players during his time at Old Trafford.

In his new book titled 'Leading' and co-authored by Michael Moritz, Ferguson said that Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player he worked with at Old Trafford.

The former Manchester United said Ronaldo alongside Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes were just the only world class talents he manager.


"If you read the papers or listen to the television commentators, we seem to be awash with 'world-class' footballers," Ferguson wrote.

"In my book there are only two world-class players playing today: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

'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."


Ronaldo joined Manchester United in 2013 for just £12.25million  before joining Real Madrid for £80m six years later.

"There were big influences like , and ," Ferguson said.

"They were not the type of have egos. They weren't the best footballers but they had wonderful desire and made sure they were the best players."

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