The best player of the Premier League era is ‘without question’ from Manchester United – Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of his footballing heroes as well as the most talented players he has managed during his career.

The 70-year-old has been with the club for just over 25 years, winning 12 league titles and two Champions League trophies, and has established himself as the greatest manager of the Premier League era.

Ferguson has now insisted that the best player in Premier League history certainly comes from United, particularly due to their continued success over the past two decades.

He told Eurosport-Yahoo!: “I think we have a few in that category without question because our success is unequalled in the Barclays Premier League.

“There is no club that has created the success we have. So when people say who are the best players in the Premier League? They have to come from Manchester United without question as far as I am concerned.”

Ferguson had no second-thoughts when asked about his biggest footballing hero, citing ex-Red Devil Denis Law, who he describes at the epitome of a true Scot.

“My hero was Denis Law; as a player I loved Denis Law even though he is only a couple of years older than me,” the Old Trafford manager added.

“He epitomised to me everything about a Scotsman. He could start a row in an empty house, fight his own shadow, unbelievable courage, electric pace, exciting and dynamic to watch – I always loved Denis as a player.

“Also as I was growing up there were a couple of Rangers players like Willy Woodburn and Willy Waddell, who were great Rangers players of the time.

“As I got older and got more involved in football Dennis Law was a great Scottish player.”

Manchester United’s league success last season saw the Red Devils overtake Liverpool’s record number of titles, with the Old Trafford outfit now having racked up 19 league successes.

The Scot has worked with a vast number of player’s since his arrival at the club in 1986, and was unable to distinguish one particular figure who stood out as the best he has worked with.

“Well there are so many at the club, even during my Aberdeen days there were some very talented players,” he added.

“United has been very lucky with a 25 year spell; Norman Whiteside was a fantastic talent, [Eric] Cantona, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Ryan] Giggs, [Wayne] Rooney, [Paul] Scholes and having [David] Beckham.

“There is an incredible array of talent and I always try to make this point. I always think that it is always forwards, who can entertain and win games.

“Although we have had fantastic defenders, for me they don’t come in the same category when you are talking about great players, because I think about the players that have entertained and have great courage to play the game and I think that is the deciding factor.”

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