Manchester United's season has been an almost unmitigated disaster. There is plenty of room for debate about where the fault lies, and my personal take on it is that the playing squad is actually in much better shape than the league position would suggest.
After all, these players were the the champions of England last season, and they have seen Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini added to the ranks. Admittedly, one of those may be more of a boon than the other.
However, this season has proved United fallible.
Given this fallibility, is there an XI that could be constructed of ex-United players still playing for other clubs, which would be capable of beating the current crop?
Of course, now that Ryan Giggs is manager, almost certainly not. If I know anything about football, a 4-0 win against Norwich City means we'll never lose again.
It would probably be close, given that United's weakest link this season was not a member of the playing staff and is no longer part of the equation, and Ex-Reds FC—as we shall call them—aren't without weaknesses.
However, lining up in a 4-2-4 / 4-2-3-1 hybrid to accommodate the range of attacking talent available to them, they also have one not-so-secret weapon.