Manchester United 2011: Are They Better Than the 1999 Team?

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Manchester United 2011: Are They Better Than the 1999 Team?

Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo departed Manchester for the sunny skies of Madrid, critics and supporters alike have been quick to suggest that this is the weakest team Manchester United have had during Sir Alex Fergusons tenure at the club.

Last summer the calls for Ferguson to sign a world class player, most notably Wesley Sneider, grew louder. As the seasons kick off grew nearer it became obvious that there would be no big singings joining the club, Ferguson instead chose 2 unknowns to a lot of people and young player who had only just came into the big time with Fulham. They were Javier Hernandez, Bebe and Chris Smalling.

Smalling and especially Hernandez have answered the call well. Chris has looked composed when he’s been called upon and I have a lot of faith of a good future for the youngster. Javier has so far scored an amazing 19 goals in all competitions and has recently kept their leading scorer, Berbatov, on the bench and he has got to be the buy of the season in the Premier League. Bebe on the other hand hasn’t had that much of a chance of yet, and a lot of fans are already calling him a flop from only the handful of times they have seen him play. I think it is unfair to expect every young player to instantly be a hit and not be allowed a chance to settle in, seeing as our league is one of the best in the world and it must be daunting for any young foreign player coming to our shores and try and win round the fans straight away, especially at a club like United so I will reserve my judgement on him.

Everybody seemed to have an opinion.  Ferguson was losing it. No one wanted to play for United anymore. United couldn’t afford anyone of the highest calibre.

Everybody soon became an expert on what was going on behind the scenes at Old Trafford and many people gleefully predicted yet another downfall for the Red Devils, especially when Rooney wanted to leave the club due to a lack of ambition.

Yet here they are at the beginning of May one foot in the Champions League final and one hand on the Premiership, and if it wasn’t for Manchester City they could have been looking at the Treble yet again.

So if this really is the worst team of Ferguson's reign then I don’t think their fans will be complaining very loud. For me the team from around the years 03-05 was a bit below United’s standards but to be fair that was a transitional period for the club.

I thought I would see just how ‘bad’ this team was by comparing it to Ferguson's best side, the 1999 Treble winning team (Other Reds say the 1994 side was the best for Ferguson but for me it’s the Treble winning lot).

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