Ultimate Manchester United dream team: Ronaldo, Best and Keane but no Scholes or Giggs

This all-time XI might well divide opinion among United fans – but we think it would be unstoppable

From George Best to Cristiano Ronaldo – some of the greatest footballers of all time have donned the red of Manchester United, so how do you pick the best of the best? Absolute legends of the game will find themselves failing to make the cut in any dream team – and one fan’s best XI could vastly differ from another’s.

In truth, picking United’s finest – from the Busby Babes, to the European Cup winners of 1968, the treble winners and Sir Alex Ferguson’s last Champions League triumph – will always be fraught with difficulty.

Choosing two centre-backs from Fergie’s era is tough enough – never mind factoring in the legendary sides produced by Sir Matt Busby.

And what about a forward line that needs to squeeze in Denis Law, Best, Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney and Ronaldo? Spoiler alert – only three from that six makes this cut.

There’s no place for Paul Scholes in midfield, either. But perhaps the most difficult decision was leaving out Ryan Giggs – quite possibly United’s greatest servant as their all-time record appearance-maker and winner of 13 Premier League titles.

His body of work over an incredible career places him above anyone else who wore the shirt. But it doesn’t mean he gets a place in this dream team…

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