Manchester United are bound to feature heavily in any top-10 list compiled during the Premier League era.

That is the case here, too, as BBC Sport pundits Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards teamed up to pick out the greatest full-backs to have graced the world-famous competition.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville came in at number five for Shearer and number two for Richards.

The former United captain was ultimately joined on the latest Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast list by Patrice Evra and Denis Irwin - with Shearer placing them ninth and second as Richards put those two Old Trafford favourites in fourth and seventh respectively.

But what were the reasons behind those decisions?

Here are the United-themed highlights from the episode, which saw former Arsenal, Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole crowned top of the pile.

Patrice Evra

AS: He was a brilliant player; quick, strong. He did get up and down, as well, he was part of that Man United team that were hugely successful. But the others were equally as good, if not better, I think.

MR: Evra was class. He started badly, though, at Derby early in his career. He had an absolute stinker. We were all thinking: 'What have they bought here?' The way he turned it around, he had so much energy. He could play in any era. He could tackle and he could also go forward. But let's not plug him, he's United.

Denis Irwin

GL: Sir Alex Ferguson once said Denis Irwin was the only player guaranteed a place in his all-time United XI. That was high praise. He could play left-back or right-back, couldn't he? He was just a really good footballer, intelligent and a good passer. Alan Hansen, it was always tough to get much praise out of him. He always said, as I said earlier, that he was the best right-back and the best left-back in the Premier League. That is some statement.

AS: He was equally as good at both. [He cost] £600,000 from Oldham or round about that. Talk about having value for money and the millions they spend on strikers. He paid that back plus a hundred million. He was Mr Dependable and Mr Reliable. He hardly ever missed games, scored goals as well. Equally good at right-back and left-back. I don't know him personally, but he was always the quiet one. They had Pally [Gary Pallister], Gary Neville, Schmeichel. They were vocal. He was a silent assassin. If he needed to kick you he would kick you.

Gary Neville

GL: I've met him once or twice, but bizarrely I don't know him at all, even though we're in the same business. What is he like as a bloke? He knows his stuff, obviously, he's a terrific communicator and he was a fantastic player.

MR: He's very opinionated, but he can back it up because he does his research. Off the field he is quite inspirational, with all the work he's got going on, his hotels, owning a club and his punditry. You look at that and know he has made the most of himself. In terms of downtime, I wouldn't be going for a drink with him. He's not that sort of... well he might be, but we don't have that relationship.

When I look at his game, I wouldn't say he was the best full-back, but when you do it over... when you talk about consistency, that's why he is so high up. What did he play, 400 or 500 games for United? You win what you win. If you're actually looking at him and his game, I still think Trent [Alexander-Arnold] is a better player. Longevity. That will 100 per cent change in five years time.

AS: On the pitch he was more reliable than spectacular, which is not a bad thing. He was very, very good. He played in some good teams and with good players around him, but he was good at what he had to do and he had to be, I think, in my top-5 because of the success he had and the number of games that he played. You could always rely on him. Micah did say that if he didn't work with him he would have been at number 10.

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