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Ronaldo, Rooney, Scholes: Man Utd's all-time Premier League XI has been named
They may not have won the title since 2012 during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge but they have lifted the trophy no less than 13 times.
During that time, the club have had some quite incredible players.
And one of their very best will make his second debut on Saturday afternoon against Newcastle.
If you haven’t heard, Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to the club and will feature as United take on Newcastle at Old Trafford.
In his first spell, Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances. He established himself as the best in the world, claiming the 2008 Ballon d’Or before leaving. Course, he went on to take his career to the next level at Real Madrid but he was still a world-beater at Old Trafford.
That’s why he’s been named in Manchester United’s all-time Premier League XI by rapper Avelino.
For BBC MOTDx, Avelino was given the tough task of naming the best XI to play for the club in the Premier League era.
As we’ve alluded to, Ronaldo features but who else joins him?
Well, let’s take a look:
Okay, let’s break it down.
Firstly, Edwin van der Sar over Peter Schmeichel is certainly controversial.
So too is Jaap Stam over Nemanja Vidic while Patrice Evra edges out Dennis Irwin.
In a midfield three is Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and Paul Pogba meaning the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Bruno Fernandes miss out.
Then comes the front-three.
Ronaldo is joined by Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
A fantastic trio but it means there’s no Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andy Cole or Dwight Yorke.
No doubt one of the most controversial picks in the XI is Pogba but Avelino spoke about the French midfielder and suggested he can be the difference maker.
"Nothing comes as a surprise to me with United this season," he told BBC Sport. "I have been saying for a while that, in the bigger games, we tend to do all right.
"We just need to figure out a different way of playing because when we are asked to have most of the ball, it is like we don't know how to break teams down - there are no ideas, it is like we are running into a brick wall.
"The reason Pogba could help fix that problem is because of his inventiveness. He can just pick a pass or do something where he changes a game with one moment.
"He is head and shoulders above the other guys. It is almost like being back in the playground, when one of the older boys would get on the ball. Everything about him is just better.
"I don't think he can do it on his own, though. We have to build on what we have with him in the team, but we definitely need one or two other players who can do something similar.
"People say he is inconsistent but I think we have to admit United are not one of the best teams in the country right now, and he needs some help.
"Pogba plays with the best of the best for France, but it is not the same for him at United - and when the United team does not perform then it does not seem fair to always say it is his fault."
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