With Manchester United back in the Champions League this season and hoping for a strong and successful campaign both domestically and in Europe let’s have a reminder of what José’s side will be trying to emulate with the last time the Red Devils lifted the prestigious trophy back in 2008.
It’s safe to say that the club has seen a ‘few’ changes since the last time they won this competition and with only having one sole remainder from the match squad still at Old Trafford it’s hard to keep up with what everyone is doing now.
Starting Lineup: Edwin van der Sar, Patrice Evra, Owen Hargreaves, Rio Ferdinand (c), Wes Brown, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidić, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Carlos Tévez.
Substitutes: Tomasz Kuszczak, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Nani, John O’Shea, Darren Fletcher, Mikaël Silvestre
Coach: Sir Alex Fergsuon
Edwin van der Sar (GK)
The dutch keeper made 266 appearances between the posts for Man United keeping 135 clean sheets in the process. The current United keeper [David De Gea] has played three games more but falls 39 clean sheets short of Edwin. Give David a few years, he’ll even beat Schmeichel’s.
He is now the current Chief Executive at Ajax whose side lost to Man United in the final of the Europa League this past May.
Wes Brown (RB)
Wes Brown made an impressive 232 appearances netting 3 times during his fifteen years at the club. The Mancunian had an up and down spell at his boyhood club lifting considerable amounts of trophies but also finding himself in the treatment room more times than not. But the most shameful thing that took place during his time at Old Trafford had to be his haircuts…
Most recently himself, Shay Given and Alex Bruce all joined pre season with National League side Macclesfield Town to stay fit as they are undertaking their coaching badges. Wes was released by Blackburn Rovers at the end of last season.
Rio Ferdinand (CB) (c)
Rio Ferdinand was bought for a then record fee for a centre back at £30 million from Leeds United in 2002 where he stayed for a further twelve years leaving in 2014 for QPR. The leader and captain of the squad made 455 appearances and scoring 8 times in the process.
Recently Rio has had a tough few years with the passing of both his wife and mother which both saddened the footballing world. A fantastic documentary of Rio in recent months talking about the effect of his wife Rebecca Ellison and how he and his children are coping (A must Watch!).
Currently Rio is a pundit on BT Sport having the opportunity to interview world stars alongside his studio role during matches and football based shows on the channels.
Nemanja Vidić (CB)
Signed in 2006 and left in 2014 making 300 appearances and scoring an impressive 21 times. He was known for being a terror in the box from corners and a rock pairing alongside Rio Ferdinand; possibly the best pairing in the leagues history still holding the record for 14 consecutive clean sheets in the league.
He retired from football on the 29th of January 2016 with immediate effect after his contract was mutually terminated with inter only 8 days previous. He is currently an ambassador for Man United but mainly staying out of the spotlight in a footballing since, enjoying his retirement.
Patrice Evra (LB)
Also signing in 2006 the Frenchman stayed until 2014 leaving for Italian champions Juventus. Patrice Evra made 379 appearances causing havoc up and down the left flank scoring 10 goals.
He is currently playing for Marseille in League 1 in France. Now-a-days the former out of the media left back has taken to social media more and more showing his charismatic and bubbly side which was not on show too often at Old Trafford due to his concentrated and determined expressions mainly on show.
With the catchphrase “I love this game” he makes everyone smile in what they do, especially on Mondays making sure everyone is ready for the week. Thanks Pat.
Owen Hargreaves (RM)
Hargreaves was signed from Bayern Munich for £17 million in 2007 and stayed until 2011 only making a total of 39 appearances and scoring twice for the club. The season in which the Champions League was won was his first season in a united shirt and his only complete season before injuries ended his career. In the three seasons following champions league success he made an overall five appearances with only one a piece in the last two.
He has been doing punditry for a few years now and is a regular on BT Sport alongside former teammate Rio Ferdinand.
Michael Carrick (CM)
The former English international was signed from Spurs for £18.6 million in 2006 and has made 459 appearances scoring 24 goals. The most under rated player I think I’ve ever seen in a Man United shirt.
The thirty-six year old has now gained the arm band for the season ahead and can lift his first trophy without the help of Wayne Rooney this season on Tuesday when his side plays Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. Lets hope he can continue performing like he has always done in which looks to be his final season at Old Trafford.
Paul Scholes (CM)
Part of the class of ’92 and a key part of the treble winning 1999 squad, Paul Scholes has done it all in a United shirt. In fact, twice as he retired in 2011 only to be brought back two seasons later to play the 2012/13 season under Sir Alex in his final year in charge. Scholes made 718 appearances for United scoring an incredible 155 goals from the middle of the park.
He is yet another former player from this squad to join the BT Sport punditry team alongside already mentioned Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves, sensing a trend here…
He’s known for his stone face expressions and straight forward approach to his work in the studio as he says how he feels at that moment in time. He also currently owns the English Non-League club Salford FC with fellow mates and ex ’92 players: Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt.
Cristiano Ronaldo (LM)
The Portuguese super star signed when he was only a teenager in 2003 and made 292 appearances scoring an impressive 118 goals during his 6 year stay at the club. He was later sold after agreeing to stay the season after the Champions League success as a promise to Sir Alex but left for his current team in Real Madrid for a then world record fee of £80 million (sure that’s only pennies compared to Neymar’s…)
The winger has went on to become the most prolific player in the world and continues to battle his fellow La Liga winger Lionel Messi to the Ballon D’or every year.
He is currently back in training for his clash against the Red Devils on Tuesday but also is in the middle of his court battle against tax allegations made in Spain. Rumours are circulating about a possible move back to Old Trafford as he was rumoured to say that he wants to move back to England last week, however I think that ship has finally sailed and wont be returning anytime soon.
Carlos Tevez (ST)
The Argentine was never a fully contracted Manchester united player as he was only on loan for two seasons but did not stay after that instead moved to bitter rivals Man City, so lets keep this short and sweet.
He played 99 times whilst at United scoring 34 goals between 2007 and 2009. He currently resides in China where he moved to this year to become the highest paid player in world football with reports stating an annual salary of $41 million. He has been slammed with the headline a ‘colossal waste of money’ by many across the world as his attitude towards his new surroundings has not gone down well only making 12 appearances and scoring only the two goals.
But it’s not about the money Carlos is it? Even ask Neymar he’ll agree.
Wayne Rooney (ST)
Wayne Rooney the clubs all time leading goal scorer and a legend of the club regardless of what people may claim. He signed in 2004 from Everton and made 559 appearances scoring 253 goals finally surpassing the all time other scorers for the club this season.
He has most recently moved back to his boyhood club in Everton FC where everyone from the club wishes him all the best.