Player-by-player comparison of United players a decade apart.
A superb comparison of Manchester United’s class of 2004 vs Louis van Gaal’s current crop of Old Trafford stars has been put together by the Daily Mail.
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The Red Devils are currently in a rebuilding process and undergoing something of a season of transition this term as they get used to a new manager and a whole host of new faces, with long-serving stars such as Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra all leaving the playing squad in quick succession this summer.
Giggs remains on the coaching staff at Old Trafford, but the departure of so many key players has led to a new-look United side taking the field this season, with van Gaal spending big on some of the world’s most established names.
Still, how do they measure up against the United side of ten years ago? Read on for a player-by-player battle in each position…
GK: Roy Carroll vs David de Gea
No contest surely, with the Spanish shot stopper one of the finest in Europe at the moment, while Carroll was just a stop-gap that season.
Vote: de Gea