Andy Cole omits Cristiano Ronaldo from all time Manchester United XI

Andy Cole omits Cristiano Ronaldo from all time Manchester United XI

Manchester United icon Andy Cole has rather controversially left out Cristiano Ronaldo from his all time XI of the club’s former stars.

The former striker took on the tough task of picking just eleven players that stood out the most for him and was always bound to leave out a few legends.

Ronaldo is still a fan favourite despite leaving for Real Madrid a few years ago and then subsequently joining Juventus this past summer.

Cole favoured former academy product David Beckham to the Portuguese star and explains below just why he did so.

United supporters would certainly take any one of the names listed back at the club if they could.

According to the club’s official website, Andy said: “Goalkeeper: Peter Schmeichel. A frightening presence and people still underestimate his part in United’s success.

“Right-back: Gary Neville. Gaz loves United and was the best right-back I played with during my time at the club.

“Centre-back: Jaap Stam. When Jaap was on his game, he was awesome and another guy with a huge presence.

“Centre-back: Gary Pallister. Inspector Gadget! He’d always get to the ball – even if he did think football was hard work!

“Left-back: Denis Irwin. You could play Denis left or right – it made no difference because he was that good.

“Right midfield: David Beckham. Cristiano Ronaldo is awesome but Becks was just so good.

“Centre midfield: Paul Scholes. One of the very best. He made football look far easier than it was supposed to be.

“Centre midfield: Roy Keane. I love Incey and Butty but I have to go for Roy, for his phenomenal leadership.

“Left midfield: Ryan Giggs. He was an unbelievable talent and played his whole career at the highest level.

“Centre-forward: Eric Cantona. He was an unbelievable footballer and a great guy, with such a massive presence about him.

“Centre-forward: Ruud van Nistelrooy. Ruud’s goalscoring at United was ridiculous – his record was second to none.”

It’s difficult to imagine any one of United’s current stars competing with the ones listed above other than perhaps David de Gea.

Even then it would be difficult to pick between the Spaniard or Peter Schmeichel who did so much for the club.

De Gea’s shotstopping is arguably better but the Dane is definitely the better leader or at least the more outspoken one.

Schmeichel’s move to Manchester City later on does leave a little stain on his legacy.

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