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Gary Neville and Paul Scholes disagree over Man Utd’s best side ever

Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Paul Scholes are at loggerheads over which team should be recognised as the best in the club’s history.

Neville and Scholes became Old Trafford greats after emerging from United’s famous Class of 92 youth side, which also included Gary’s brother Phil, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Nicky Butt.

The iconic batch of academy graduates helped Sir Alex Ferguson claim 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns, along with four FA Cups and three League Cups.

Their first European Cup success under Ferguson came in a historic 1998/99 treble winning campaign, with stoppage-time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handing them a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in the final.

United also clinched the Premier League and FA Cup in that same season, but Neville is convinced Ferguson’s English and European champions of 2008 were the club’s greatest ever side.

“Without that great Barcelona team, I think that [2007/08 team] would’ve been the greatest,” he told Sky Sports.

“There were eight players, I would say at the time Edwin Van der Sar, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, you could put them in any team in the world, they were world class.

“I don’t think Manchester United have ever had a team that had so many world class players, and I look back at all the teams in history.

“Of course there has been world-class players at Manchester United but to have eight almost nine best in position almost in the world at that time, it was an unbelievable team.”

However, Scholes believes United’s famous treble winners are the club’s best ever side, telling DAZN: “I think Gary Neville thinks that’s the best team he played in with them three [Ronaldo, Tevez and Rooney].

“I preferred the four in 1999.

“Don’t get me wrong, Rooney, Ronaldo, Tevez – what a threesome. Absolutely devastating speed on the counter attack.

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“But for me, playing with Teddy and [Dwight] Yorke in that No.10 position was always a position I liked to link with and then Ole and [Andy] Coley brilliant again.

“There’s not a lot to choose between them. I probably enjoyed it more because I was getting involved with the forward players and not so much in 2008.”

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