Roy Keane named his all-time Manchester United Premier League XI on Monday – but there were some notable absentees. Keane appeared on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football and was asked to pick a team of United’s greatest players from the last 30 years.
The former Red Devils captain included some obvious selections. Ryan Giggs made it on the left wing, with David Beckham on the opposite flank.
His punditry colleague Gary Neville slotted in at right-back with Wayne Rooney up front with Cristiano Ronaldo. It is fair to say Keane didn’t have the greatest relationship with Peter Schmeichel, but the big Danish goalkeeper was chosen.
However, there will be question marks over the inclusion of the likes of Paul Ince and Jaap Stam, who only played for the club for three years. Express Sport picks five United legends who could have made it into Keane’s team.
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Arguably the most surprising non-inclusion in Keane’s team. Scholes makes a lot of ex-players’ all-time Premier League XIs.
However, he didn’t get into Keane’s best United side of the era. Keane played alongside Scholes for over a decade in the middle of the park, so few will know his game better.
Only Giggs has made more Premier League appearances for United than Scholes. But both Ince and Bryan Robson get the nod ahead of him.
With Ronaldo and Rooney up top, perhaps finding a spot for Cantona is a little difficult. But the Frenchman is often credited with playing a considerable role in United ending their 26-year wait for a top-flight title in 1993.
Cantona went on to win a further three titles as well as two FA Cups. But perhaps Rooney and Ronaldo’s success in the Champions League puts them ahead of the charismatic forward.
Keane’s all-time United XI in full: Schmeichel; Neville, Stam, Pallister, Irwin; Beckham, Robson, Ince, Giggs; Rooney, Ronaldo.
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