Manchester United's team of the decade
The 2010s have not been kind to Manchester United. The early part of this decade was a fruitful one for the club as they reached the Champions League final in 2011 and won the Premier League twice. However, post the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, things went downhill for the club.
The appointment of David Moyes did not yield the expected results and the team was a shadow of itself. Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal did not fare much better, although they were rewarded with a couple of domestic trophies and the Europa League title.
Currently, it is former United player Ole Gunnar Solskjær who is at the helm of the club, but even his tenure has been marred with inconsistencies and his future remains uncertain.
Regardless, there have been some good players who have represented Manchester United this decade. Here, we take a look at the best amongst those, as we assemble an all-decade eleven for the Red Devils.
David De Gea
This one is a no-brainer. A five-time inductee into the PFA Team of the Year and the winner of three consecutive Manchester United Player of the Year Awards (four in total), there is no debate that David De Gea has been the best player for the Red Devils this decade.
If not for the Spaniard, Manchester United may not have had the little amount of success they have had post Sir Alex Ferguson. The goalkeeper almost left for Real Madrid a few years ago, but eventually stayed at the club and has made a name for himself as one of the best in the world at what he does.
Although originally starting off his career as a winger, Valencia ended his ten-year stint with Manchester United as the club captain and a competent right-back. The Ecuadorian moved to his home country last summer having won almost everything there is to win at Manchester United, including two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Europa League.
Valencia was twice named the Manchester United Players' Player of the Year and also won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award. He was a solid presence at the back for the club for many years, and just pips Rafael Da Silva for a spot in this team.
Although much of Rio Ferdinand's peak with the Red Devils came before 2010, excluding him from this list would be unfair. In this decade, Ferdinand has won the Premier League twice, reached a Champions League final, and has been named into the PFA Team of the Year in 2013. He hung up his boots in 2014, but which centre-back has earned the right to displace him from this list since then?
A physical and dominating defender who was brilliant in the air, Ferdinand now works as a pundit on TV. His place in the history of Manchester United, and on this list, is not up for debate.
Just like his partner at the back, Nemanja Vidic did have the best moments of his career before 2010. However, not putting one of Manchester United's greatest defenders on this list would be a crime.
Vidic first joined the club in 2006 and established a strong partnership with Ferdinand which helped United dominate the footballing world. His elite mentality and leadership at the back has not been replaced by the club yet, and even though the latter part of his career was marred with some injuries, the likes of Smalling and Jones have not done enough to warrant a place here.
The partnership of Vidic-Ferdinand is set on this list.
An eccentric personality, Patrice Evra's inclusion on this list is another no-brainer. Evra was voted into the PFA Premier League Team of the Year on three occasions, with one of those appearances coming this decade.
He has won a lot with the Red Devils, and at his peak, Evra was a pacy, strong fullback who was a menace on both ends of the pitch. The Frenchman played a key role in United’s 2011 and 2013 Premier League victories, and he is one of the best left-backs they have ever had. Luke Shaw was signed to replace him in 2014, but he has not even had half the impact that Evra had for the club.