Roy Keane claims he played with only FIVE world-class players at Man Utd – and Cristiano Ronaldo was NOT one of them

ROY KEANE played alongside some of Manchester United's all-time great players but the Irishman claims just five were world class and Cristiano Ronaldo was not one of them.

Keano was a TV pundit for United's 1-1 home draw with Arsenal on Monday and made the stunning revelation after the game.

Roy Keane claims he played with only FIVE world-class players at Man Utd – and Cristiano Ronaldo was NOT one of them1 Roy Keane says Denis Irwin was world class but left Cristiano Ronaldo off his list

The Irishman captained United during a historically successful period for the club and won the Premier League seven times with the Red Devils.

Jamie Carragher posed the question to the 48-year-old in the Sky Sports studio and Keane's answer surprised fans watching at home.

He said: "We never gave ourselves an opportunity to talk about players being world class.

"But if I look back now, you'd have to class Giggsy.

"I always class the world-class players as lads who were doing it for nine, 10, 11 years – obviously Giggsy's done it for a lot longer but to me, that's the key to being a really good player: you've got to be consistent.

"We see players now, they have a good month and patting themselves on the back.

"You have to be good for years and years, and Giggsy would have been a prime example."

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The former Republic of Ireland international then described Mark Hughes as a "brilliant striker" before adding Paul Scholes and Eric Cantona to the world class list.

But he saved his old friend, roommate and fellow Irishman until last saving special praise for the full-back.

Keane gushed: "My god, imagine if Denis Irwin was playing now.

"He could play left-back, right-back, get you a goal, knew how to defend, never injured, a brilliant guy in the dressing room.

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