Manchester United: Picking a Combined 1999 and 2013 Best XI

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Manchester United: Picking a Combined 1999 and 2013 Best XI
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Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole & the Third Leg of the Treble

This week's hot debate is about whether Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United in 2013 are stronger than in the treble-winning year of 1999.

Some people appear to have misunderstood his comments in last week's pre-match press conference as suggesting that the team is stronger. What he actually said is that the squad is stronger. 

He gave as an example that, with Roy Keane and Paul Scholes missing from the Champions League Final, he had to draft in Jonathan Greening, who had only played a couple of games.

In stark contrast, with almost everybody fit, he has quite the opposite problem this year having to shoe-horn 25 or more internationals into his first team.

He did of course rotate in 1999 as well as now. It has been one of the hallmarks of his management style. The primary dividend is probably the fittest squad in the Premier League in the second half of the season.

Our contention is that while he undoubtedly has a stronger squad in depth going for a possible Treble this year, the team in 1999 was stronger when fully fit and available.

So today's bit of fun is to pick the best combined team from the two seasons. No two people will agree on this, so we'll spice it up with seven substitutes as well (even though only five were allowed in 1999).

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