Manchester United: Picking a Best Over-30s XI from the Ferguson Era

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Manchester United: Picking a Best Over-30s XI from the Ferguson Era
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Since taking the reins at Manchester United in 1986, Sir Alex Ferguson has shown a knack for developing youth.

From nurturing the vaunted "Fergie's Fledgelings" group that contained the likes of David Beckham to leading the current crop of youngsters featuring Phil Jones and Tom Cleverley, Sir Alex has shown that he knows when youth is needed—and ready.

But he also knows when a veteran presence is needed, and his tenure has not always been about the youth movement. And indeed, several started at United well into their 30s.

So, since there has been so much focus on the youth movement at United, I thought it would be interesting to see who were the best over-30s at each position from 1986-2011.

The rules are simple—as long as they played at United into their 30s, they're fair game.

Here is my list of the best over-30s XI from 1986 to 2011.

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