Top 10 Best Players Who Have Played Under Sir Alex Ferguson

Top 10 Best Players Who Have Played Under Sir Alex Ferguson

5. Roy Keane – Midfielder 

Keane was another player who broke the British transfer record when Sir Alex signed him for United from Nottingham Forest for £3.75m.

Thanks to an injury-ridden end to Bryan Robson’s United career, Ferguson gave Keane a run in the first team. And the Irishman duly repaid his faith by scoring twice on his home debut.

Currently the assistant coach for Ireland, Keane brought an aggressive, combative approach to the Red Devils’ midfield. He played a key role in their historic treble, even though he was suspended for the Champions League final against Bayern.

In 1997, he took over the captaincy from Eric Cantona. For all his outrageous talent and leadership abilities on the pitch, his career at United was mired in controversies.

Roy Keane will always be one of the best midfielders that Manchester United have ever had. To this day, the Red Devils have never truly found a replacement for his quality.

4. Eric Cantona – Forward


King Eric is probably best known for his kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan in 1995. But there was so much more that brought to the pitch.

Widely regarded as one of the best French forwards of all time, Cantona joined United from Leeds in 1992 for £1.2m.

Although he spent only 5 seasons at Old Trafford, his aggression and passion quickly came to signify Ferguson’s reign in Manchester.

Cantona was a unique combination of strength, power, pace and technical brilliance. Ferguson paired him with Mark Hughes after he arrived, and handed Ferguson his first league title at Old Trafford.

After Steve Bruce left in 1996, he was named club captain. His 11 league goals in 36 appearances helped them retain the title. But shockingly to the entire footballing world, Cantona announced his retirement from football at the age of just 30.

Like Robson, Cantona’s playing career under Ferguson was short-lived, but he’s still undoubtedly one of the very best.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo – Forward

18-year-old Portuguese winger Ronaldo hung the United defence out to dry during a friendly against Sporting CP, Sir Alex was convinced that he had to sign the lad for the Red Devils.

In the summer of 2003, Ronaldo became the most expensive teenager in English football when he signed on for £12.24m.

Inheriting the prestigious number 7 from Beckham, he was instrumental in the six seasons he spent at the club.

He was introduced to the first team squad straight away, with his quick legs, crossing and dead ball abilities quickly turning him into one of the best goalscorers in England.

The 2007-08 season was his personal best in England, as he scored 31 times in the Premier League to pick up the Golden Boot.

He scored 42 goals in all competitions that season and ended up lifting his first major continental trophy.

During the same season, Ronaldo won Ballon d’Or, signified his eventual ascension to global domination along with Leo Messi.

He did help his team seal a third consecutive league title before earning a world record move to Madrid.

2. Paul Scholes – Midfielder

Paul Scholes came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford and joined the senior squad in 1993 after graduating along with the Class of ’92.

Scholes was actually among the last of his fellow graduates to make it to the first team. But there’s no doubt that he’s one of the best.

In a career spanning 20 glorious seasons, he made over 700 appearances for his boyhood club, winning 25 major honours.

The ginger-haired genius is not just one of the midfielders to have played under Sir Alex. But possibly one of the all-time greats of the Premier League.

1. Ryan Giggs – Winger 


Ryan Giggs is as red-blooded as they get at the Manchester United academy along with his some teammates.

Yet another member of the Class of ’92, he was among the first of his peers to appear for the first team. He scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win over City in his first full league start in May 1990.

Renowned for his pace, dribbling and passing abilities, Giggs solved a major left-wing headache for Sir Alex despite only being a teenager.

He’s provided quite a few memorable moments for the Old Trafford faithful. Giggsy is also United’s record appearance maker, with 963 appearances across 24 seasons.

The Welsh is the oldest goalscorer in the UCL, as he made it at 37 years and 289 days against Benfica in 2011.

He also became the first player to have scored in 16 different Champions League campaigns.

With 13 Premier League titles, he also holds the record for the most number of league titles won by an individual player. It also means that he has been involved in each title win in Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.

Following the sacking of David Moyes in April 2014, Giggs was named interim manager.

He was subsequently appointed Louis van Gaal’s assistant after the Dutchman was appointed following the 2014 World Cup.

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