Tonight the Soccer Saturday team will pick their Ultimate Premier League XI. So here’s mine assuming the criteria is any player that’s played in the Premier League
Gary Neville Tony Adams Rio Ferdinand Ashley Cole
Cristiano Ronaldo Paul Scholes Matt Le Tissier Ryan Giggs
Eric Cantona Thierry Henry
Subs: Petr Cech, Jamie Carragher, Nemanja Vidic, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Bale, Alan Shearer, Dennis Bergkamp
Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson
Schmeichel – No contest. Greatest GK in prem history arguably, the greatest ever. Colossus and key to Man U’s early Premier League dominance.
Cole – Divisive figure but in his day the best LB on the planet, played for two of the greatest Premier League sides, the Arsenal invincibles and Mourinho’s Chelsea
Adams – Don’t know much about CBs but he was one of the best.
Ferdinand – See Adams
Neville – Not everyone’s cup of tea but a mighty fine RB.
Ronaldo – Currently the best player on the planet. Literally ripped the Premier League to shreds. I have painful memories of a goal he scored against my team Fulham.
Scholes – Scholes scores goals. And spectacular ones at that. Criminally underutilized for England.
Le Tissier – Probably the most controversial selection but anyone screaming Keane, Gerrard, Lampard etc. 1st I’d say YouTube LeTiss then I’d say remember he played for Southampton a mid-table side his ENTIRE career and still became a Prem great, that’s pretty extraordinary. He had it a lot tougher than the rest of this side.
Giggs – He is Mr Premier League.
Cantona – This spot was extremely close between Bergkamp and Eric, in the end I went with Cantona because he was the talisman of Man U’s 90s glory years.
Henry – Just a magical player. Absolutely unbelievable. Gls, Assists, Pace, Pace, Pace, Pace, Dribbling he had it all, but it wasn’t necessarily god given, he worked and worked to become the finest striker ever to play in this country. And let’s not forget if he’d played in the Prem his entire career like Shearer, he’d be the Prem record goalscorer probably forever.