Thursday, August 24, 2017

Real Madrid Greatest All-Time Team Under Miguel Muñoz

This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams.  This blog was one of them.  It was my Russia All-Time Team here.  His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.   His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017.  His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.  He also copied many many of my blog entries.

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Miguel Muñoz

Please also see my All-TimeTeam Index.
Real Madrid All-Time Team
Real Madrid All-Time Team Under Florentina Perez

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Real Madrid under Miguel Muñoz.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  

Miguel Muñoz was the coach of Real Madrid from 1960 to 1974, leading the team to two European Cup victories and nine La Liga titles.  In 1960, he led Real Madrid in the famous victory against Eintracht Frankfrut in Glasgow.  Many considered it as the greatest game ever played.  In 1966, he led the team known as Ye-Ye team as they won the 1966 European Cup.

Francisco Gento with Ye-Ye team in 1966

GK:  Rogelio Dominguez (Argentina)
Rogelio Dominguez played around the same time as Antonio Carrizo.  He earned 59 caps for Argentina.  He missed the 1958 World Cup Finals because he moved to Real Madrid in 1957, and Argentina did not select overseas-based players.  He was on Argentina's 1962 World Cup team. With Real Madrid, he won two European Cups playing alongside Alfredo Di Stefano.  Before Real Madrid, he played for Racing Club in Argentina.
Rogelio Dominguez 
GK: García Remón (Spain)
Born in Madrid, Garcia Remón was best known for his spells with Real Madrid. He then began an interesting battle for first-choice status with Miguel Ángel González which would last for the vast majority of his stay in Madrid. Remón would start from 1971 to 1973 and 1979 to 1981.  At the international level, he earned two caps for Spain.

GK: Antonio Betancort (Spain)
Antonio Betancourt played as a goalkeeper for Las Palmas before moving to Real Madrid in 1961. With Real Madrid, he had two spells with a more lengthy spell between 1963 and 1971. In between, he played for  Deportivo La Coruña. He was also capped by the Spanish national team. He went to the 1966 World Cup Finals in England as a backup to José Ángel Iribar.  

RB: Marquitos (Spain)
During his career, he played for hometown's Racing de Santander, Real Madrid, Hércules CF, Real Murcia, Calvo Sotelo and Toluca de Santander. With the Merengues, he won six La Liga championships and five European Cups: in the 1955–56 edition of the latter, he scored a rare goal as he equalized 3–3 against Stade de Reims, in an eventual 4–3 success. Capped twice.

CB: Ignacio Zoco (Spain)
Zoco played 12 years of his professional career with Real Madrid, appearing in more than 400 official games and winning ten major titles. He was a part of the team that won the European Cup in 1966. Zoco played more than 20 times with Spain, winning the 1964 European Nations' Cup and also representing the nation at the 1966 World Cup.

CB: Jose Santamaria (Uruguay)
Jose Santamaria was a member of Real Madrid's all-conquering team of the late 1950's.  He spent his 18-year career with Nacional and Real Madrid, winning 17 major titles the two teams combined, including four European Cups with the latter.  He was considered one of the best ever center-backs. He played for Uruguay at the 1954 WC Finals, but played for Spain 4 years later in 1958.

CB: Pedro de Felipe (Spain)
Pedro de Felipe was born in 1944,  He arrived at Real Madrid in 1964 at the age of 20, from Rayo Vallecano.  He was a part of the team that won the European Cup in 1966.  In 1972, he left for Espanyol, where he played until 1978. At the international level, he was capped once in a friendly match against Turkey in 1973 that resulted in a 0-0 draw.

CB: Benito (Spain)
Benito started as a track and field star. He signed for Real Madrid in the 1963. After two years on loan to neighbouring Rayo Vallecano, he returned to his main club, remaining there for the following 14 seasons and winning six leagues and five Spanish Cups.  He was capped 22 times between 1971 and 1978.  Span failed to qualify for any major tournament during his time.

LB: Manuel Sanchís Martínez (Spain)
Like his son, Manuel, he represented Real Madrid and Spain. They were one of only three father/son pairs to have won the European Cup/Champions League.  He played in 213 La Liga games over the course of ten seasons.  He also represented CD Condal, Real Valladolid and Córdoba CF.  An international during nearly two years, Sanchís appeared with the national team at the 1966 World Cup.
Manuel Sanchís Martínez 
LB: Pachín (Spain)
Pachín signed for Real Madrid in 1959 from Segunda División club CA Osasuna. Pachín left the Merengues in May 1968, having appeared in 218 competitive games and scored two goals. He won 11 major titles during his spell, including seven national championships and the 1960 and 1966 editions of the European Cup.  He earned 8 caps and played in the World Cup Finals in 1962.

DM:  Jose Pirri (Spain)
He is regarded as one of Spain's greatest player.  He had 41 caps in a career that lasted 12 years. He played in two World Cup Finals: 1966 and 1978. He played for Real Madrid for 15 years, between 1964 and 1979, winning ten Spanish league titles, four Spanish cups, and the 1966 European Cup. He was a member of the Real Madrid team that was known as the Yé-Yé team.  He also played for Granada.
 Jose Pirri 
DM: Juan Santisteban (Spain)
Juan Santisteban played with Real Madrid between 1956 and 1961. He was a part of Real Madrid that won 5 straight European Cups. He spent a season with Venezia before returning to Real Madrid.  He also played Real Betis and Baltimore Bays at the end of his career.  At the international level, he also earned 7 caps between 1957 and 1959.

CM: José María Zárraga (Spain)
José María Zárraga signed for Real Madrid in 1949, but made his La Liga debut in 1951.  From 1953–60, Zárraga was an important midfield unit as the Merengues won 11 major titles, including five consecutive European Cups.  He played in all the finals, and totalled 31 appearances combined in those victorious campaigns.  He earned 8 caps and served once as the captain of the national team at the last of his international appearance.

CM: Luis del Sol (Spain)
Luis del Sol started with Real Betis.  In 1960, he joined Real Madrid, winning five major titles with the latter side, and earning several Ballon d'Or nominations.  In the 1962, he signed for Juventus, becoming the club's first ever Spanish player. He made a total of 292 outings in eight seasons.  Del Sol represented Spain at the 1962 and 1966 World Cups and was also part of the championship-winning squad at the 1964 European Nations' Cup.

RW/FW: Amancio Amaro (Spain)
Nicknamed "El Brujo", Amancio Amaro played outside right for Deportivo de La Coruña before joining Real Madrid in 1962.  He was considered the star of the team in the 1960's. He scored one of the most beautiful goal in European Cup history when Real Madrid lifted the title in 1966.  At the international level, he was capped 42 times for Spain. He won the 1964 European Football Championship hosted by Spain.  It was the first major international trophy in history won by Spain.
Amancio Amaro 
RW/CM: Fernando Serena (Spain)
Fernando Serena played for Real Madrid for five years, and was a part of their European Cup winning squad in 1966. He scored the winning goal in the final, receiving the ball on his chest, letting it bounce in front of him before volleying it in from outside the box. He earned one cap for the Spanish National Team. Serena also played for CA Osasuna, Elche CF, and UE Sant Andreu.

LW:  Francisco Gento (Spain)
Francisco Gento is regarded as one of the greatest left wings in history.  Gento began his career at Racing Santander in 1952 and moved to Real Madrid the following season. He appeared in a joint record eight European Cup finals, winning a record six, as well as winning 12 La Liga titles.  No one has won more European Cups than Francisco Gento. In a 14-year international career, Gento earned 43 caps for Spain, playing at the World Cup in 1962 and 1966.
Francisco Gento with Miguel Munoz (R)
AM: Manuel Velázquez (Spain)
Except 3 loan seasons to Rayo Vallecano and CD Málaga, Velázquez spent all of his 12 years in La Liga with Real Madrid. He went on to appear in 402 competitive games for his main club whilst scoring 59 goals, winning six national championships, three Copa del Rey trophies and the 1965–66 edition of the European Cup. He ended his career at the age of 35, after six months in the North American Soccer League with Toronto Metros-Croatia. Earned 10 caps.
Manuel Velázquez 

CM/AM/FW:  Alfredo Di Stefano (Argentina)
The best player in the world before the emerge of Pele and Maradona. He was one of the younger member of the great River Plate in the 1940's.  In 1949, he moved to play in Colombia before moving to Europe in 1953.  He won 5 straight European Cups with Real Madrid. He was credited in turning Real Madrid into a legendary club. His international career was limited to the fact that Argentina did not select overseas players.  He played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain.
Alfredo Di Stefano

FW: Evaristo (Brazil)
Evaristo played for Madureira and Flamengo before moving to Barcelona in 1957, where he stayed until 1962. Then, in 1962, he left Barcelona for Real Madrid, where he played between the two European Cup winning teams.  He was capped by Brazil 14 times, scoring 8 goals. He also holds the record of most goals for the Brazilian national team in one single game, as he netted five times for the Seleção in a 9–0 win against Colombia in 1957.

FW: Ramon Grosso (Spain)
Grosso was home grown player from Real Madrid.  Except for  a four-month spell with Atlético Madrid, he played his entire career with Real Madrid. Even though he shared teams with the likes of Amancio Amaro, Francisco Gento or Ferenc Puskás, Grosso was team top scorer in his first two seasons. In the following years, Grosso played in several positions for Real Madrid, even being placed as goalkeeper in the Ramón de Carranza Trophy match with Boca Juniors.  Earned 14 caps.

ST: Carlos Santillana (Spain)
Carlos Santillana moved to Real Madrid from Racing de Santander in 1971 as a heir apparent to Puskus.  He played 17 seasons and over 450 matches for Real Madrid.  He won back-to-back UEFA Cup in the mid-1980's. At the international level, he had 56 caps and scored 15 goals for Spain. He represented his country in the 1978 and 1982 World Cups, as well as three European Championships: 1976, 1980 and 1984.
Carlos Santillana 
ST/FW: Ferenc Puskas  (Hungary)
Ferenc Puskas was one of the greatest footballers in history.  He scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary. He became Olympic champion in 1952 and led his nation to the final of the 1954 World Cup where he was named the tournament's best player.  He played with Honved at home and went to Real Madrid after the Soviet invasion.  With Alfredo Di Stefano, Raymond Kapo, etc, Real Maadrid became the greatest club team in history.
Ferenc Puskas
Honorable Mention
José Luis Peinado, Manuel Bueno,Vicente Miera, José Araquistáin, Antonio Betancort, Jose Vicente Train, Hector Rial.

Squad Explanation
-- Alfredo di Stefino, Francisco Gento, Ferenc Puskas, Jose Pirri and Amancio Amaro are probably the obvious choices for this team.  Tht are all names that every Madrid fans would recognize. 
-- Miguel Munoz's greatest trumiph was the 1960 European Cup victory over Eintracht Frankfrut.  The team was considered to be the greatest ever club side.  Alfredo di Stefino, Francisco Gento, Ferenc Puskas, Juan Santisteban, José María Zárraga, Jose Santamaria, Marquitos and Rogelio Dominguez are selected into my side.  Miguel Munoz himself was a part of three European Cup winning team duirng this period.  He was in charge of the reserve team for a brief time before taking over the senior team.  He played with some of the players mentioned here.
-- In 1966, Munoz won his second European Cup. Ferenc Puskas and Francisco Gento were veterans on the team that won the 1966 title. The core of team consisted mainly of young Spanish players.  Many of whom were also homegrown.  The team was better known as the "Ye-Ye" team, as a reference to the Beatles' song "She Loves You".  Pachín, Pedro de Felipe, Manuel Sanchís, Pirri, Ignacio Zoco, Fernando Serena, Amancio Amaro, Ramón Grosso and Manuel Velázquez were members of the "Ye-Ye" generation. 
José Araquistáin made honorable mention.
-- Manuel Sanchís Martínez was a fullback while his son Manuel Sanchís Junior was a centerback. Both of them played for Real Madrid and Spain. They were one of only four father/son pairs to have won the European Cup/Champions League (the others being Cesare and Paolo Maldini, Carles and Sergio Busquets and Zinedine and Luca Zidane).  
-- Raymond Kopa left before Miguel Munoz took over the coaching job at Real Madrid.
-- Rogelio Dominguez  and García Remón are the obvious choice.  Garcia Ramon had a rivalry with Miguel Angel for their duration of their careers in Madrid, and Miguel Angel spent 18 years while Remon lasted 15 years.  But Miguel Angel did not play much under Miguel Muñoz. So the third keeper was between José Araquistáin, Antonio Betancort and Jose Vicente Train. 
-- Vicente del Bosque also played one season under him.
-- Camacho arrived after the departure of Miguel Muñoz.
-- Evaristo was better known for his career with Barcelona, but he also won two league titles with Real Madrid.
-- I do not think the younger fans remembered Carlos Santillana as well as other Real Madrid legends.  He is actually the 4th in both goal scoring and appearance record for Real Madrid.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Manchester United Greatest All-Team Under Sir Matt Busby

Sir Matt Busby the1968  European Cup

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
Manchester United All-Time Team Under Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United All-Time Team
Manchester United Greatest All-Time Team under Sir Alex. 
Manchester United Greatest All-Time Team under Sir Busby
Manchester United All-Time team for British isles (excluding England)

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Manchester United under Sir Matt Busby.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  

Sir Matt Busby managed Manchester United between 1945 and 1969 and again for the second half of the 1970–71 season. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time.  In a total of 25 years with the club, he won 13 trophies, including the 1968 European Cup.  During the 1950's, he built the famous Busby Babes team.  Sadly, part of that team was killed in the Munich air disaster. 
Busby Babes 1957

GK: Alex Stepney (England)
Alex Stepney played with Millwall before joining Chelsea.  He only played one game and was sold to Manchester United in 1966 to replace Harry Greg who was injured during the Munich Disaster.  Stepney helped the Red Devils to win the 1968 European Cup.  He only played once for England, largely because of playing in the same generation as Gordon Banks, Peter Bonetti, Gordon West and Ron Springett.  He was the third at the 1970 World Cup. 

GK: Harry Gregg (N.Ireland)
Gregg was Matt Busby's goalkeeper from 9 seasons.  He survived the Munich Air Disaster.  He was called a hero of the incident because he pulled out survivors from the burning plane. He was voted best goalkeeper of the tournament at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, where Northern Ireland reached the quarter-finals. He had 25 caps. H also played for Doncaster Rovers and Stoke City.

GK: Jack Crompton (England)
Jack Crompton was born in 1921 in Manchester.  He was a goalkeeper for Manchester United between 1944 and 1956. He was part of the team that won the FA Cup in 1948. It was Sir Matt Busby's first trophy at Old Trafford. He also won the league title in 1952. During the Second World War, he played as a guest for Stockport County.  He was also a long time coach at Manchester United.

RB/LB: John Carey (Ireland/N.Ireland) 
In 1949, John Carey was voted the FWA Footballer of the Year and in the same year captained the FAI XI that defeated England, becoming the first non-UK team to beat England at home. He also played and captained IFA XI. He spent most of his career with Manchester United, but also appeared as a guest player for other clubs during the war.  He was team captain from 1946 until he retired as a player in 1953.  

CB: Jackie Blanchflower (Northern Ireland)
Along with his brother Danny, Jackie Blanchflower helped Northern Ireland to qualify for the World Cup Finals in 1958. He was a member of Manchester United's "Busby Babes". He helped the club win the league title in 1956 and again in 1957. Nicknamed "Twiggy" by his teammates, he was renowned for his versatility. He survived the Munich Air Disaster, but his career was cut short. He retired in 1959 at the age of 24. He only had 12 caps between 1954 and 1958. He missed the 1958 World Cup Finals because of Munich.

CB: Allenby Chilton (England)
Chilton transferred to Manchester United in 1938. He played over 350 games until 1955.  However, his early career was cut short by the Second World War although he made guest appearances for Airdrieonians, Cardiff City, Hartlepools United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United and Charlton Athletic who he helped to win the War Cup South Final in 1944. He served in the Durham Light Infantry and saw active service in the Normandy Landings also in 1944.

CB: Bill Foulkes (England)
Bill Foulkes played for Manchester United in the Busby Babes teams of the 1950s, and also in the 1960s. His favoured position was centre-half. For Manchester United, he played 688 games which places him at number 4 on the all-time list of appearances. He was one of the few injured survivor of the Munich Air Disaster. He was a part of the team that won the European Cup in 1968. He and Charlton were the only players left at the club from the time of the disaster. He was capped once for England in 1954.
Bill Foulkes 

CB/CM: David Sadler (England)
David Sadler started his career with Maidstone United, but signed a professional contract with Manchester United in 1963, helping the club win the 1965 and 1967 First Division Football League championships as well as the 1968 European Cup. He left United in 1974 after scoring 27 goals for the club to join Preston North End, who were being managed by Sadler's former team-mate Bobby Charlton. Capped 4 times.

LB:  Roger Byrne (England)
Roger Byrne was the captain of the Busby Babes from the 1955–56 season onwards.  He was discovered by Manchester United while playing for Ryder Brow Boys Club. With Manchester United, he won the league title in 1952, 1956 and 1957. He earned 33 caps with England while playing in every England's fixtures in that period, a record for England.  This remains a record.  Unfortunately, he died at the age of 28 in the Munich Air Disaster. 
Roger Byrne 
LB: Tony Dunne (Ireland)
Tony Dunne played 13 seasons with Manchester United.  He was a part of the team that won the European Cup in 1968. He later played for Bolton Wanderers and Detroit Express. At the international level, Dunne won 33 caps for the Republic of Ireland, playing for the national team from 1962 to 1975. He was Irish Footballer of the Year in 1969.

LB: Shay Brennan (Ireland)
Born in Manchester, Shay Brennan was an original Busby Babe.  He made his debut on the first game after Munich Air Disaster.   Brennan scored twice on an emotionally charged night. He was a member of the 1968 European Cup winning team. He later became a player-manager for Waterford United in Ireland.  He was capped 19 times for the Republic of Ireland.

DM: Nobby Stiles (England)
Stiles played for England for five years, winning 28 caps and scoring 1 goal. He played every minute of England's victorious 1966 FIFA World Cup campaign.  Stiles played the majority of his club career for Manchester United, spending eleven years at Old Trafford.  He won the European Cup in 1968. After retirement, he was famously known for the youth coach for Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholas, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt.
Nobby Stiles
CM: Duncan Edwards (England)
Duncan Edwards was one of the Busby Babes of Manchester United.  He made his professional debut at the age of 16. He was the youngest player to play in the Football League First Division. He died in 1958 during the Munich Air Disaster at the age of 21.  Many people considered him to be  England's greatest player.  He was a dominating central midfielder of his time. For the English national team, he was capped 18 times between 1955 and 1957, scoring 5 goals.
Duncan Edwards 

CM: Pat Crerand (Scotland)
Pat Crerand started with Celtic in his native Scotland.  After six years at Celtic he moved to Manchester United in 1963 where he was a member of teams that won the English League title twice, the FA Cup and European Cup. At the international level, he also gained 16 international caps for Scotland. He was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

RW/WH: Eddie Colman (England)
Colman was one of the eight Manchester United players who lost their lives in the Munich air disaster.  He joined Manchester United's youth team on leaving school in the summer of 1952. He became a first-team member at right-half during the 1955-56 season.  He made 108 first-team appearances for United, scoring two goals, the second of which came in the first leg of the fateful European Cup quarter-final tie against Red Star Belgrade.  

LW/RW: George Best (Northern Ireland)
George Best was considered to be one of the greatest players ever played the game.  He was voted #19 as the greatest European player by the UEFA Jublilee Poll. He was known for his "pop star" lifestyle. He was one of the "United's Trinity" that helped Manchester United to their first (and also first ever for an English club) European Cup in 1968.  He won the PWA PLayer of the Year award and the Ballon d'Or that year.
George Best with Matt Busby
LW: Albert Scanlon (England)
Albert Scanlon was one of the "Busby Babes" who survived the Munich air disaster of 1958.   Although he sustained severe injuries, he recovered and returned to the field the following season.  In 1960, he left Manchester United and continued to play league football for Newcastle United, Lincoln City and Mansfield Town. 

AM: Sir Bobby Charlton (England)
Sir Bobby was considered one of the greatest midfielders of all-time.  He was capped 106 times by England and led England to World Cup victory in 1966.  He is also England's all-time leading scorer and all-time cap leader at the time of his retirement.  He was selected for four World Cups (1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970). For club career,  he almost played his entire career with Manchester United.  He was the hero of Manchester United's the first ever European Cup trophy in 1968. He won the Ballon D'Or in 1966.
Bobby Charlton with Busby
FW: Stan Pearson (England)
Stan Pearson was signed by Manchester United as an amateur in December 1935. He stayed with the club until 1953.  He retired in 1953 with 148 career goals.  His hat-trick against Liverpool in 1946 would be the last hat-trick by a Manchester United player against them until Dimitar Berbatov did it in 2010.  He was capped 8 times by England.

FW: David Herd (Scotland)
David Herd played for Arsenal, Manchester United, Stockport County, and Stoke City.  He was the 15th leading scorer with Arsenal, where he played from 1954 to 1962.  With Manchester United, he won the European Cup in 1968, but he did not play in the Final against Benfica.  He was capped 5 times for Scotland. His first cap was in 1958 against Wales.

FW: Denis Law (Scotland)
Denis Law spent 11 years at Manchester United, where he scored 237 goals in 404 appearances. His goals tally places him third in the club's history, behind Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney. He partnered George Best and Bobby Charlton at Manchester United, which was known as the "United Trinity".  It was considered to be most popular forward line in British history.  He was capped 55 times.  He managed to play in the 1974 World Cup Finals.
Denis Law
FW: Brian Kidd (England)
From Manchester United's Academy, he was promoted to first team in 1967.  He had the distinction of scoring on his 19th birthday for Manchester United in their 4–1 victory over Benfica in the 1968 European Cup Final. He all in all scored 52 times in 203 league appearances for Manchester United. He later played for Arsenal, Manchester City, Everton, Bolton Wanderers, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and the Minnesota Strikers.  Capped twice. 

ST: Jack Rowley (England)
Rowley mainly remembered for a 17-year spell with Manchester United. He was nicknamed "The Gunner" because of his prolific goalscoring and explosive shooting, scoring 211 goals in 424 appearances for United between 1937 and 1954.  He is one of only four players in the history of Manchester United to score over 200 goals for the club.  Rowley was also capped six times for England scoring six goals, four of which came against Northern Ireland on 16 November 1949.

ST: Dennis Viollet (England)
Dennis Viollet came through the junior ranks at Manchester United and turned professional in 1950. His first game for the club came against arch-rivals Newcastle United on 11 April 1953. He was a striker, along with Tommy Taylor for the Busby Babes of the 1950s. He was a survivor of the Munich air disaster. He played twice for England, debuting in 1960 against Hungary.

ST: Tommy Taylor (England)
Tommy Taylor was one of the eight Manchester United players who lost their lives in the Munich air disaster.  He was 8 days past his 26th birthday. He started with Barnley and moved to Manchester United in 1953.  For England, he was seen as the perfect eventual replacement for the ageing Nat Lofthouse in the England side. In all, he played 19 times for England, scoring 16 goals. He managed two hat-tricks for the England team
Tommy Taylor

Honorable Mention
Reg Allen, Ray Wood, Noel Cantwell, John Fitzpatrick, Willie Morgan, David Pegg, Billy Whelan.

Squad Explanation
-- The "Busby Babes" is the name given to the group of footballers, recruited and trained by Manchester United F.C. chief scout Joe Armstrong and assistant manager Jimmy Murphy, who progressed from the club's youth team into the first team under the management of the eponymous Matt Busby from the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s. So Busby Babes were not every player who played under Sir Busby.
-- Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, Alex Stepney, John Carey, Billy Foulkes, Roger Byrne and Denis Law are also on my Manchester United All-Time team.  I also did a blog team for Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United All-Time team.  It had 16 players on the Manchester United All-Time team.  So only two players on that team, namely Martin Buchan and Billy Meredith, did not oplayer either Sir Matt Busby or Sir Alex Ferguson.
-- Only four players on my Manchester United All-Time team did not play for either Sir Matt or Sir Alex.  Billy Meredith (Wales)
-- I cannot mention Sir Matt Busby's team without talking the Munich air disaster.  Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Roger Byrne and Tommy Taylor were among the ones who died that day.  Jackie Blanchflower never played again.  Bobby Charlton, Harry Gregg, Dennis Viollet and Bill Foulkes were also on board.
-- Sir Matt led Manchester United to victory at the 1968 European Cup.  The team was known for the United Trinity (Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law).  Law missed both the semi-final and the final as a result because of an injury.  Alex Stepney, Nobby Stiles, Brian Kidd,  David Herd, Pat Crerand, Shay Brennan and Tony Dunne were on the team.  Duncan Edwards would be 30 years at the time of the Final against Benfica.
-- George Best described the 1968 European Cup victory as Sir Matt's greatest achievement in his autobiography.  He thought Sir Matt felt guilty about losing many members of his team in Munich.  
-- Three of Sir Matt Busby's players had won the Ballon d'Or.  Law won in 1964, Charlton in 1966 and Best in 1968.  Since then, only Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award while playing for United, winning in 2008
-- Duncan Edwards was widely considered England's greatest talented players.  Unfortunately, the world never knew how far he would become.
-- The team is not balanced.  I took three left backs. I never selected a team with more than 2 fullbacks on one side.
Sir Matt Busby with Roger Byrne and Duncan Edwards
I tried my best to put the best XI on the field.