Sir Alex Ferguson & Manchester United Search for Best XI: Best Centre Back Poll

Choose Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-time best ever Manchester United players to have graced the Old Trafford turf.

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For 25 years Sir Alex has run the rule at Old Trafford.

He has chopped and changed his squad so much it would be easy to forgive him if he has forgotten some of those players.

But here at COS we want to know who his all-time best eleven would be – and we want you to help!

Vote for players in each position over the next few days and we will reveal the best eleven in the Fergie era on Friday.

In this episode we look at centre-backs, so stay tuned and the only way to make sure your choice is selected is to vote. The poll to vote for the best centre-back is to the right of your screen so get voting!

Paul McGrath:

Often regarded as one of the best pure defenders in the game, the enigmatic Irishman was class. A career was cut short due to battles with injury and booze – but imagine how good he could have been. Did not always see eye-to-eye with Fergie but the Scot knew how good he was.

Steve Bruce:

Took over the captaincy from Bryan Robson and made it his own. One half of the best centre-back pairing in the club’s history according to Gary Neville. Bruce must surely be the best player never to be capped by England?

Gary Pallister:

The other half of the famous centre-back pairing with Steve Bruce. Will be remembered for the famous free-kick he scored against Blackburn Rovers when United won the Premier League for the first time under Fergie. He won four league titles, Cup Winners Cup, three FA Cups and the League Cup.

Jaap Stam:

Have Manchester United had a more powerful centre-back? He may have fallen out with Fergie over revelations in his autobiography but even the manager regrets selling him. He won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, the Intercontinental Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

Laurent Blanc:

The French World Cup winner is a legend all over the world and Sir Alex wishes he got his man earlier. He won the league in only two years at the club but played a huge role in mentoring the youngsters, especially a young, newly-signed Rio Ferdinand.

Rio Ferdinand:

Sir Alex paid £30million for Ferdinand (still a record fee for an English defender) in 2002. A dedicated professional, who has matured under Fergie’s wing to become England captain. Was there a better defender in the world when he led United to Champions League glory in 2008?

Nemanja Vidic:

Hands down the best centre-back in the Premier League for the last few seasons and was rewarded by Fergie with the captain’s armband. The Serbian is classy, powerful, rugged, quick and much more. Has formed a formidable partnership with Rio Ferdinand.

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