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5 of the best Manchester United players in the last 10 years

Tarkesh Jha
SENIOR ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
24.56K   //    26 Nov 2017, 16:17 IST

Manchester United players and then manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrate the Premier League title won in 2013
Manchester United players and then manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrate the Premier League title won in 2013

For the better part of the Premier League era, Manchester United have been known as the best team in the league, mostly under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Scottish gaffer was the focal point for the team’s successes for 26 years and has gone down in history as the best manager ever to take charge of any club in the Premier League.

However, since he stepped down after the end of 2012/13 season, the club has made a mess of filling the most difficult shoes in club football

Over the past five years, the team has seen three permanent managers and one interim take over. However, the quest for finding a long-term solution still continues.

Jose Mourinho has admitted he wants to stay at the club for a longer period of time but there are still doubts whether he would be able to do so in such a fast-paced league.

Meanwhile, the constant change of managers has tampered with the team’s growth and is evidenced by the fact that the Red Devils are yet to win a league title since Fergie retired.

It has been a topsy-turvy ride for Manchester United as they have not made any waves in the UEFA Champions League in a while.

#5 Robin Van Persie

Robin was key to Manchester United's last Premier League title run
Robin was key to Manchester United's last Premier League title run

Despite Arsenal’s successes under French boss Arsene Wenger, one thing for which he can be blamed is his inability to hold on to his star players. Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry, Emmanuel Adebayor and the list keeps on increasing.

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However, nothing could have hurt more than a certain Dutch superstar leaving to join a direct rival.

Robin Van Persie had gone on to become Arsenal’s main man in attack since joining them as a youngster. However, as his contract was nearing its end, it became clear that he wanted a change of surroundings and a shot at glory.

Though Juventus and Manchester City were ready to pay high wages to lure him, the flying Dutchman accepted the offer made by United.

Apparently, Van Persie always desired to work with Sir Alex and a deal was finalized to bring him to Old Trafford.

He was the last big signing made by Ferguson and it worked. Van Persie had an immediate impact on the team as he won the Golden Boot in his first season as a Manchester United player.

He bagged 26 goals and helped the team win the title in Fergie’s last season. Additionally, he completely overshadowed fan-favorite Wayne Rooney with his performances.

He was left disappointed by Fergie’s decision to leave after the 2012/13 season and it affected his performances. He was unable to replicate the success from the first year though he came up with some good performances from time to time.

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Tarkesh Jha
SENIOR ANALYST
17 Y/O, Sports Fanatic. I follow football and cricket with avid interest. Articles published regularly in MadAbourEPL, Cricfrenzy, Sportsmonks, Sportwalk and Sportskeeda.
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