Fergie explains what 'world class' means and there is still no Keane or Beckham

Alex Ferguson; not changing his tune
Alex Ferguson; not changing his tune

Alex Ferguson has stuck to his guns about only managing four 'world class' players during his time at Manchester United

Of all the excerpts from Alex Ferguson's latest book, the one that really caught the public's imagination was his opinion that he only had four 'world class' players during his 27 years at Manchester United; Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo.

This sparked huge debate over why players like Peter Schmeichel, Jaap Stam and Roy Keane didn't make the grade, as well as wondering just how the Scot defined the term 'world class'.

Well, overnight Fergie spoke to an American radio station and explained a bit more, but he didn't change his view, explaining that in his mind it was players who made 'a difference' were world class.

"We’ll that’s the area in which the press have not given it the proper publication, the proper reason for saying this," Ferguson told American radio station SiriusXM FC.

"If you look at the time I was at for United for 27 years, I had some fantastic players, some great players. I never said those players were not great, they were fantastic.

"But in the context in my opinion, it was a qualified opinion, that some players make a difference, and that’s what I judged.

"Eric Cantona, when he came into the club in 1993 he made a difference. Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs played for 20 years in the Premier League, that made a difference to us.

"And of course, Cristiano Ronaldo’s performances, he is a world-class player as everyone knows. Him and [Lionel] Messi are the two world-class players."

We still think you are selling a large number of great players short Fergie...