GK: Tim Howard
Tim Howard was well versed with the Premier league as the American went on to make 399 league appearances. He was a regular starter at United for three to four years until Edwin Van Der Sar arrived and took over his place. Howard went on to join Everton then and played 10 seasons for the Toffees.
RB: John O’Shea
John O’Shea was some versatile player. He could play as a full back, center back, midfielder and had to even don the gloves once for United. He was a utility player under Sir Alex and it is very rare that we get to see a player as flexible and adaptive as him these days.
CB: Ryan Shawcross
Shawcross is a product of United’s academy and is currently the captain of Stoke City. Shawcross is an aggressive but smart centre back. He was probably unlucky to graduate from the academy at a time when United had some very good options in their backline. Had he still been there with United, he might have been a regular starter for them.
CB: Gerard Pique
The Spaniard too was unlucky to be at United at a time where Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand were brutally dominating and effective at the back. Pique then left to join Barcelona and ever since then he never had to look back. He has won everything with the Catalans as United would have surely loved to have a player of his caliber right now at the club.
LB: Patrice Evra
Evra still remains as one of the most passionate supporters of United. The Frenchman was a very adventurous left back at United under Sir Alex but unfortunately things didn’t work out for him post Sir Alex’s retirement. He then went on to play for Juventus and Marseille before he eventually retired from the game.
CDM: Darren Fletcher
Fletcher too was a product of United’s academy. He went on to make 342 appearances for the club in his 13-year career with the Red devils. Sir Alex loved the Scottish midfielder and had it not been for his injury and illness, Fletcher would have enjoyed more amount of time with the Reds.
Alike Evra, Nani too was an important member of the United squad. His dribbling and goal scoring skills from the wings helped United while going forward but it all changed post Sir Alex’s retirement. Nani ran out of favor and was loaned out to Sporting Lisbon before being permanently sold.
CM: Angel Di Maria
The Argentine midfielder was brought to United for a record signing from Real Madrid. The early phase of this transfer worked very well for both the player and the club but under Louis Van Gaal, Di Maria struggled to work it out on the pitch. It ended up being a frustrating time for him as he went on to join PSG in Ligue 1.
RW: Cristiano Ronaldo
Signed from Sporting Lisbon, Ronaldo turned out to be a gem of signing by Sir Alex and United. He had an outstanding spell of six years at United, becoming one of the best players in the world and earning a move to Real Madrid. Even at Madrid, Ronaldo carried on earning success and now at Juventus, he looks destined to achieve the same.
LW: Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is a legend at Manchester United. He is more than just their highest goal scorer. Signed from Everton, Rooney became a monster of an attacker at United. With age, he continued to help United playing in a deeper role and there aren’t many players who had the same desire and work-rate as Rooney did while playing for United. He went on to join Everton in 2017, following a move to DC United in the MLS.
ST: Robin Van Persie
Van Persie was a beast of a striker at Arsenal but unfortunately for him, it wasn’t helping him in winning trophies. In a surprise move, he joined United and played a massive role in helping United win their 20th league title. Van Persie’s terrific skills in front of the goal was blissful for United and it is a shame that he was sold by United under Louis Van Gaal.