By 90Min
August 14, 2018

Paul Scholes could only find space for himself on the bench in a mouthwatering XI of the best players he played alongside for Manchester United, reported by the Mirror.

United legend Scholes made over 700 appearances for the club and won 11 Premier League titles in his 19 seasons at the club. He is rated among the Premier League's greatest midfielders of all time.

But it is a testament to how many great midfielders Scholes played with - and to his own modesty - that he names himself on the bench, choosing Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane and David Beckham as his midfield trio instead.

Giggs is the only player to have played more Premier League matches for United than Scholes, while Keane and Beckham were also part of the team that won the treble of Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup in 1998/99.

The defence is also dominated by the treble-winning team, as Scholes selects Denis Irwin and Gary Neville as the full backs, with Jaap Stam in the centre.

The Dutchman is partnered by Rio Ferdinand, who won 9 major honours including six Premier League titles during 12 years and over 450 appearances for United. Peter Schmeichel, another member of the 1999 team, is chosen in goal.

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However, all four strikers from the 1999 team - Andrew Cole, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - are left on the bench with Scholes, who instead chooses a 21st century front three.


Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy scored 521 goals between them for United. Ronaldo and Rooney were the stars of the 2008 double-winning team, which many United fans rate as their greatest of the Premier League era.

Even Jose Mourinho wouldn't be able to complain if he had this team at his disposal.

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