Artificial Intelligence Named Greatest Man Utd XI With Cristiano Ronaldo Under Big Calls

Manchester United are the second most successful English club in terms of trophies, but for some their achievements over the last 30 years combined with their global presence make them the greatest team in the world

Cristiano Ronaldo named in Manchester United’s all-time greatest XI as chosen by an AI (Getty Images)

Manchester United’s all-time greatest XI have been named by an artificial intelligence website – and while Cristiano Ronaldo makes it, there’s no room in the line-up for the likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham or the club’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.

Some of the best players in the world have worn United’s jersey throughout the club’s history, from the ‘Busby Babes’ to ‘Fergie’s Fledglings’ and beyond. Certainly at all positions there is no shortage of options when it comes to picking the all-time best line-up.

Interestingly, the selection made by the AI ​​does not include anyone currently playing for the club. With that in mind, here’s a look at the selected XI.

In goal is Peter Schmeichel, the Dane who joined the Red Devils from Brondby in 1991 and became a key figure in a remarkably successful team under Sir Alex Ferguson. He made 398 appearances for United and won five Premier League titles during his time at the club.

Gary Neville is the chosen right-back. The Bury-born defender is among a select group of players who have played straight for United in their careers and have made over 600 appearances in a Red Devils shirt.

Gary Neville was Manchester United captain in 2002 (Getty Images)

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Meanwhile, the two central defenders in the team are the duo of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. The pair played together for almost a decade at the Red Devils and won countless major awards including the Champions League in 2008. Ferdinand made 455 appearances for the club while Vidic reached exactly 300. Names like Gary Pallister, Bill Foulkes and Jaap Stam are missing.

On the left side of the back four is Dennis Irwin, who was part of the Ferguson side that enjoyed so much success in the 1990s. The Republic of Ireland international reached the peak of his power at United, playing at Leeds, Oldham and Wolves.

Central to the midfield are Roy Keane and Paul Scholes.

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane (Getty Images), Eric Cantona and Sir Alex Ferguson (Getty Images)

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