Former Russia and Manchester United FC winger Andrei Kanchelskis was only sorry that the Red Devils did not manage to lure Gareth Bale to Old Trafford this summer as he put together his selection for the UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2013.
Now 44 and embarking on a coaching career, the right-footer tore up the flanks for United, Everton FC, Rangers FC and ACF Fiorentina among others. For his Team of 2013, he has gone for a 4-4-2 formation, telling UEFA.com: "This is the most attacking tactical system because you have five or six people up front."
View Kanchelskis's choices below and submit your own selection before 13.00CET on Thursday 9 January.
Manuel Neuer: This is the most important position – if you have the right goalkeeper you have a 50% chance of success. That's how it was during my time at United when we had Peter Schmeichel. Neuer is the most confident and reliable goalkeeper around and and did a huge amount for his club last season.
Philipp Lahm: A very clever player. He plays very calmly, with no stress or flapping. Paolo Maldini was like that in his day, but nowadays there is no one like Lahm.
Sergio Ramos: He almost never makes mistakes. He plays simply but very precisely. Probably the best central defender in European football.
Thiago Silva: The most important thing for centre-backs is to play simply and safely. There is no room for showing off or attacking play. This Brazilian knows that well.
Branislav Ivanović: Efficient in attack, effective from set pieces – that's what makes him so useful. He is very good down the right and helps the team get results.
Gareth Bale: He often plays on the right. Everyone has their opinion, but I prefer the Welshman on the left since he is left-footed. I love watching him. He is mobile with great vision and a great shot, from set pieces too. He is great. The only sad thing is that he joined Real Madrid and not United!
Yaya Touré: The best defensive midfielder in the world. He doesn't need to create anything in attack – he is just there to stop opponents and he is great at that.
Marco Reus: Unlike Touré he has more than one job. He is attack-minded and one of the best players in this role.
Franck Ribéry: He is very effective and works hard in attack and defence. He has been a key player for his club for many years.
Lionel Messi: It's unbelievable that a player can score 60–70 goals a season. The player of your dreams!
Cristiano Ronaldo: What I said about Messi applies to Ronaldo too. There is no competition for his position. For me, he deserved to win the Ballon d'Or in 2013.
Andrei Kanchelskis was speaking to Dmitri Rogovitski.
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