"He'd inspire them" - Eric Cantona sticks Roy Keane in his legend-filled all-time XI

Maradona, Cruyff and Beckenbauer are also included

Manchester United, Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona of Manchester United (left) celebrates with teammate Roy Keane (right) after scoring from the penalty spot, on his return to soccer after a nine month suspension (Picture by: Matthew Ashton / EMPICS Sport)

As a mark of his influence as a leader Manchester United, Roy Keane is the only former Reds colleague Eric Cantona included in his all-time Perfect XI.

The ex-Man United maverick picked the current Ireland assistant manager as part of a midfield three with Colombia legend Carlos Valderrama and one of the all-time greats in Diego Maradona for FourFourTwo magazine.

Cantona says Keane's inclusion is down to the fact that "he was the best in midfield; he could play everywhere" and "lead my team and inspire them".

Keane is in some very fine company and you can read Cantona's full thoughts on every player right here.

Goalkeeper: Rene Higuita

Right back: Junior

Centre back: Franz Beckenbauer

Left back: Giacinto Facchetti

Centre midfield: Roy Keane

Centre midfield: Carlos Valderrama

Centre midfield: Diego Maradona

Right wing: Garrincha

Left wing: Johan Cruyff 

Striker: Mario Kempes 

Striker: George Best