"A superb book, rich in insight and anecdote, it reflects Sam Pilger's deep knowledge of his subject...Thoroughly entertaining and wise.'
Paul Hayward, Chief Sports Writer of The Daily Telegraph
“An excellent book; poignant, fascinating, and packs an emotional punch…Pilger possesses an uncanny ability to evoke fandom's entire spectrum of sweet and sour shades and the endless nuances of Saturdays gone by.”
**** (4/5 Stars)
The ultimate football debate: who makes your team’s Best XI?
In the second book of the series, the spotlight falls upon Manchester United. While the storied club have boasted some of the game’s greatest ever players, who makes it into their all-time side?
The competition is fierce as Old Trafford has played host to so many legendary talents, from the Busby Babes in 1950s to the 1968 European Cup winners and the Treble winners of 1999.
Who plays in the heart of the defence, Jaap Stam, Steve Bruce, Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand? And how can you ever possibly separate Paul Scholes, Bryan Robson and Roy Keane?
It gets even harder when having to choose between Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and George Best.
Up front there are only two places, so who from Wayne Rooney, Denis Law, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Eric Cantona will make it on to the team sheet?
Experienced football writer Sam Pilger selects his side from this vast array of talent and aims to finally settle the debate of who should be included in United’s greatest ever XI.
A lifelong United fan, and the author of several books on United’s history, Pilger has interviewed and got to know nine of the eleven players in his side, and so provides his own unique and personal insights in to what makes each of them great.
Best XI – Where The Greatest Come To Life