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The incredible starting XI of players sold by Manchester United

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Published 14 Jan 2019, 14:03 IST
14 Jan 2019, 14:03 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo during his Manchester United days
Cristiano Ronaldo during his Manchester United days

Manchester United is undoubtedly the most successful club in Premier League history. They have won a record 13 Premier League trophies. 

The Red Devils also have a long and illustrious history with some of the world's greatest ever players donning their jersey. 

The club is always high on drama. They are currently placed at 6th position in the Premier League table. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the caretaker manager at the helm. 

For the success of any club, the transfer business must be spot on. However, the best of the best also make mistakes and let go of some players who could have performed exceptionally well for the club had they stayed. Manchester United are no exception. 

A plethora of young talents sprout at Manchester United's academy each year. While some make it to the senior team, there are many who are either sold to another club or sent out on loan. There is also a large group of established players who were sold by the Premier League giants. 

In case there was a starting XI to be made from the best players sold by The Red Devils in the recent times, it would be a formidable one. 

Note: All the players included in the Starting XI are still active footballers.

Also see : Womens World Cup Bracket, Copa America Standings, Gold Cup Standings


Tim Howard of Manchester United in action
Tim Howard of Manchester United in action

Timothy Matthew Howard or simply Tim Howard is a veteran Premier League custodian. The goalkeeper made 399 Premier League appearances overall in which he made 992 saves and conceded 385 goals. He also kept 132 clean sheets. 

The New Jersey-born player moved to United in 2003 for US$4 million after spending 5 years with MetroStars (now known as New York Red Bulls). Tim Howard had a brilliant start with The Red Devils -- being their first choice keeper during the 2003-04 season.

However, the prominence of Edwin van der Sar meant fewer first-team opportunities for Tim. He moved to Everton (on loan) ahead of the 2006–07 season and was signed permanently by The Toffees in February 2007. In all, Tim made 77 appearances for Manchester United across all competitions -- winning 3 major trophies with them. Meanwhile, he made overall 414 appearances for Everton in his 10 seasons with them.  

Howard was also an integral part of the United States' national team. He made 121 appearances for them. The 39-year-old custodian also holds the World Cup record of making the most saves in a match. He set it when he made 15 saves against Belgium. 

The veteran goalkeeper made a return to Major League Soccer in March 2016, and currently plays for the Colorado Rapids. 

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