The Fantasy Football Club: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picks #One2Eleven

#One2Eleven – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Craig Bellamy, Gary Medel, Steven Caulker... new Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lots of talent to call upon.

But who are the best footballers the Norwegian PLAYED WITH during his days at Manchester United?

Solskjaer - who claimed six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and netted the winner in the 1999 Champions League final whilst on the Red Devils' books - revealed all to The Fantasy Football Club by picking his #One2Eleven.

So watch the video above or read the text below to discover who made Ole's army...

GOALKEEPER - Edwin van der Sar

OLE SAYS: There are two options as at the start of my career I had Peter Schmeichel and at the end of my career I had Edwin van der Sar. Peter was one of the best in the world, but I think I'd pick Edwin as the number one goalkeeper. When he came to United all the players got what we had waited for since Peter left.

RIGHT BACK - Gary Neville

OLE SAYS: It's got to be Gary; he was the best right-back by a mile. He was always consistent and always reliable. He's very opinionated, but I think he has a good opinion of football.

LEFT-BACK - Denis Irwin

OLE SAYS: I've got to pick Denis for his consistency and goals from penalties. I cannot recall seeing him miss a penalty and he scored from free-kicks as well before Becks [David Beckham] started taking them.

"He was as big as a mountain, as wide as a house and as quick as a Ferrari."

Solskjaer on Stam

CENTRE-BACKS - Jaap Stam and Rio Ferdinand

OLE SAYS: Jaap was as big as a mountain, as wide as a house and as quick as a Ferrari. If you're doing one against ones and you face up to him, I can't recall ever going past him. I've got plenty of partners that could go with Jaap, but I'll pick Rio. He was the hardest player I ever played against; quick, strong, read the game and came out with the ball.

RIGHT WING - David Beckham

OLE SAYS: I've got to go with David. If you saw Becks put his head down and get his left arm up you knew he was going to cross it, so as a striker you just had to make a run. He did the "graveyard shifts" as the gaffer always used to say. He was up and down and in and out and with Gary behind him he was unstoppable.

LEFT WING - Ryan Giggs

OLE SAYS: I've got to complement Becks on the right with Giggsy on the left. There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said about Giggsy. One of my favourite goals at Old Trafford was when Giggsy played it in behind Sol Campbell and I brought it down and scored. He had so many assists for me and I had a good understanding with him. Giggsy, for me, is probably the best player that's ever played for Man United.


OLE SAYS: I want to play 4-4-2 with two centre midfielders, so you've got to have two players in central midfield that are really complete. My first choice is my captain - and the one player I would pick over anyone if I could just pick one - and that's Roy. Me and Roy have become good friends; we shouted a lot at each other but because he shouted at me, I realised he had an affection for me. He wants me to do better because he knows I can do better. I learned a lot and I grew a lot and I think I became a more mature player after meeting Roy.


OLE SAYS: Alongside Roy I will pick Scholes, the little magician. He's a complete midfielder that cannot run, is not quick, cannot head, cannot jump, and isn't the fittest. We all know he can't tackle, either! I would have picked him every time if I was the England manager and as a nation you never really got the best out of one of your best players ever.

"He was almost like a father figure, a coach on the pitch, and when he came into a room the whole room changed."

Solskjaer on Cantona

STRIKER - Eric Cantona

OLE SAYS: When I came to United there was The King and I've got to pick Cantona as one of my strikers. He was almost like a father figure, a coach on the pitch, and when he came into a room the whole room changed. That was the person he was. I still remember the last time he was a United player and we had a party all night because we'd just won the league and I went to London and on the way back I heard on the radio that Eric had retired without saying one word to us! We'd had a great party, a good time and he never mentioned it. That was Eric!

STRIKER - Ruud van Nistelrooy

OLE SAYS: I have to pick Ruud, as he was the best finisher I worked with. My philosophy as a striker when I played was to know what to do, practise what to do and then do it on the pitch by instinct - and Ruud was exactly the same. He was 100 per cent concentrated on just hitting that ball exactly right every time he had a chance.