Sir Alex Ferguson, former Manchester United manager, has insisted that he only had four world-class players during his 26-year coaching career at the club.
Ferguson-tutored teams dominated the Premier League for decades, winning many trophies.
He has a stand named after him at Old Trafford, as a mark of respect to the years he spent in the dugout.
Along with 13 Premier League wins were a collection of FA Cups, League Cups and Champions League trophies.
His team produced the biggest names in England, including the likes of Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Roy Keane.
However, none were branded “world-class” by the Scot man, picking only four out of the players who played under him.
In his book ‘Leading’, Ferguson gave a run-down of the stars he coached.
“If you read the papers or listen to the television commentators, we seem to be awash with ‘world-class’ footballers,” he wrote.
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“I don’t mean to demean or criticise any of the great or very good footballers who played for me during my 26-year career at United, but there were only four who were world class: Cantona, Giggs, Ronaldo and Scholes.
“And of the four Cristiano was like an ornament on the top of a Christmas tree.”
“But these players elevated themselves above all that,” he added.
“The younger breed like Ryan and Scholes were just fantastic players and the thing about those two was longevity.
“Are there players who have played right through the whole of the Premier League and performed at the level they have? There are none, absolutely none.”