Hansen names five Manchester United players in all-time Premier League XI

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Nearly half of the Match Of The Day pundit's all-time Premier League team was made up of Manchester United players

In his final show on Match Of The Day, Alan Hansen announced his all-time Premier League XI, which included five players from Manchester United.

Hansen’s team had some notable omissions including the likes of all-time top Premier League scorer and fellow pundit Alan Shearer, Roy Keane and Dennis Bergkamp.

The team read as follows: Peter Schmeichel; Denis Irwin, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole; Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, Thierry Henry; Gianfranco Zola, Luis Suarez.

The Scot did insist that Shearer would have been in his team, but for the form of Suarez in the last 18 months.

The Liverpool front-man has just finished as top goalscorer in the Premier League this season, scoring 31 goals, 11 more than any other player, and been the Anfield outfit’s most pivotal player.

It is this form that has clearly elevated him to become the best number nine ever seen since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, in Hansen’s eyes.

The former Liverpool player also picked Suarez’s teammate Steven Gerrard to be part of his squad, rather controversially. There has been some wonderfully gifted central midfielders to grace England’s top division and it was perhaps a surprise to see Gerrard picked ahead of the likes of Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira.

Hansen could hardly be accused of bias though, with five of his team being made up of players from Manchester United.

It is hard to argue with his choices, too, with Schmeichel, Irwin, Ferdinand, Ronaldo and Scholes all being considered amongst the best players in their positions, not just in England but across the world, during the peaks of their respective careers.

His inclusion of Ashley Cole also comes a testament to the left-backs ability on the day that he found out that he was to miss out on a spot in England’s World Cup squad – with Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw being selected ahead of him by Roy Hodgson.

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