Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson clarifies ‘world-class’ comments

by Sid Choudhary

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has cleared up controversy about comments he made regarding which of his players were ‘world-class.’

Ferguson felt he only ever managed four world class players during his time at United; Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo. This left out a lot of players who performed admirably for the club but failed to get a mention from Ferguson.

The Scot has come under criticism for the comments he made and chose to clarify the correct interpretation. When asked about his claim Ferguson said: “Well that’s the area in which the press have not given it the proper publication, the proper reason for saying this,”

“If you look at the time I was at for United for 27 years, I had some fantastic players, some great players. I never said those players were not great, they were fantastic.”

Ferguson backed his decision to only name four players as world-class and looked to justify his choices.

He added: “But in the context in my opinion, it was a qualified opinion, that some players make a difference, and that’s what I judged. Eric Cantona, when he came into the club in 1993 he made a difference. Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs played for 20 years in the Premier League, that made a difference to us.

“And of course, Cristiano Ronaldo’s performances, he is a world-class player as everyone knows. Him and [Lionel] Messi are the two world-class players.”

Ferguson certainly has the qualifications to name which players are ‘world-class’ and which ones aren’t and it is good to see him clarifying his comments. His time at United was full of success and his appreciation for all his players is a nice touch.

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