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Arguably Sir Alex’s greatest side of the past decade

As we fast approach the year 2010, Mohamoud Mereh, looks back at his best Manchester United XI of the past decade.

Edwin Van Der Sar – Since the departure of the ‘Great Dane' in 1999, United had been searching for a goalkeeper to have the same presence in between the white posts. With the signing of Van Der Sar in 2005, United re-ignited their presence in the league and in Europe.

Gary Neville – Since making his debut in 1992, Neville has firmly booked the right back spot for over a decade even whilst battling countless injuries. Now as United captain, fans love having a local boy leading the team.

Rio Ferdinand – The world's most expensive defender brought in 2002 from has epitomised what a modern defender should be; fast, athletic and a great footballer. Even with his early setback problems with the drug ban, Rio has become in a class of his own

Nemanja Vidic -Brought in January 2006 from Spartak Moscow for just £7million, the Serbian international is feared by attackers worldwide with his no nonsense attitude. Vidic has become a fans favourite with his fearless attitude to the game. His success can be seen by being rewarded with fans and players player of the year in 2009.

Patrice Evra – Possibly the best left back in the world, the French international has reinvigorated the left back role adding dashing runs to aid attackers with crunching tackles. A major force to United's 14 games without conceding a goal. With Vidic, Evra was a major transfer coup by Ferguson.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Entering United as a scrawny teenager and leaving as the world's best player and most expensive, Cristiano Ronaldo transformed at United. His spearing runs, lethal shots and trademark free-kicks led United to successfully defending the title three times and winning the Champions League.

Roy Keane – More trophies were won during the period that the fearless leader was captain. Keane always demanded the best on the pitch and was never questioned. His heroics lead to United coming back from behind in 1999 against Juventus and sacrificed his place in the final to ensure the team went through.

Paul Scholes – The ‘Ginger-Ninja' so deadly in shots, runs and now long range passes, has become a reds legend. With partnerships with Keane and Michael Carrick, Scholes has lead to United's dominance in the Premiership.

Ryan Giggs – A team of the decade cannot be mentioned without the ‘Welsh Wizard'. His solo run against Arsenal in 1999 epitomises everything great about Giggs, ‘fast, fearless and skilful'. At the age of 35, Giggs has adapted his play to still be ever present in the starting eleven.

Wayne Rooney – The most expensive teenager burst onto the scene on his debut against Fenerbache in 2004 with a hat-trick. His love for the game has made him an iconic figure at the Theatre of Dreams. With Ronaldo gone, Rooney is the people's man.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy – The most prolific footballer ever to enter Old Trafford, with the best goal to game ratio.  Van Nistelrooy had an incredible ability to always find the back of the net.

A decent United side I think you'll agree, but are there any glaring omissions – Have Your Say!


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