Having been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame for 2022 alongside Patrick Vieira, Wayne Rooney has spoken about the qualities of some of the former players on the shortlist whom the public could vote for.
Among the nominees is Robin van Persie, whom Rooney assisted for a memorable goal against Aston Villa in April 2015, playing a long ball from his own half that was met with a stunning volley from the edge of the box.
"We worked on that in training," says Rooney. "It's probably, in my opinion, the best goal there's been in the Premier League."
Surprising words from the player whose overhead kick in the Manchester derby in 2010/11 has been rated as the best in the competition's history.
Edwin van der Sar was also a key signing at Old Trafford, winning the title four times between 2005/06 and 2010/11.
"He was probably the missing link at Manchester United," says Rooney. "We had a very good squad but his experience brought a real calmness to the whole team.
"He's the best goalkeeper I've played with."
In contrast to Van Persie and Van der Sar, Paul Scholes came through the Man Utd Academy and ended up being a one-club man, winning 11 Premier League titles and scoring over 100 goals, while adding 55 assists.
"It was [his] pure ability just to dictate games," says Rooney. "I think people underestimate just how good he was."
Rooney is also painfully aware of the talent on show in the other half of Manchester, at the Etihad Stadium.
"His goalscoring ability, if he got a chance he'd take it," says Rooney. "He gave me one of the lowest moments in football I've ever had."
On Vincent Kompany, who won four titles with Man City, Rooney adds: "He was such a powerful player. I used to love battles against him."