Combined XI of Man Utd’s ’99 and 21/22 teams after ‘Solskjaer chooses best era’

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has first-hand knowledge of both the 99' Treble winners and current Red Devils side – and is said to believe the current crop are better.

That would give the Norwegian no excuses in his quest to bring major silverware back to Old Trafford, and the return of Cristiano Ronaldo has given them a huge boost as the season gets underway.

With United bringing together their most talented squad since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, comparisons have been made with the team that won the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup in 1998/99.

Daily Star Sport have now put together a combined team using the some of the best players from each XI – but there is no room for the likes of Raphael Varane or Paul Scholes.

Defence

In defence, we have gone for Peter Schmeichel ahead of David de Gea thanks to the consistency of the former Denmark stopper over their record-breaking season in 1998/99.

At right-back, Gary Neville gets in ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who is showing improvement under Solskjaer and will likely be using the former England defender as inspiration.

In the centre of defence, we have gone for the leadership qualities of both Harry Maguire and Japp Stam, with Ronny Johnsen unlucky to miss out and Varane yet to get a run of games in England.

At left-back, Luke Shaw gets in just ahead of Denis Irwin, despite the former Southampton full-back having a very long way to go to match his achievements at Old Trafford.

Midfield

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In midfield, we have gone for a triple-threat of both attacking and defensive talent, but can find no room for a young Scholes from the 99' side, who made 24 Premier League outings.

Roy Keane has been picked to organise the midfield, but might have to utilise the disciplined style from the last few seasons of his career with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes ahead of him.

While the numbers produced by Fernandes since his move to United have been unrivalled by any midfielder in Europe, Pogba would have freedom to create with Keane in behind.

Forwards

In attack we have got two legends from 99', as well as the star signing from 2021.

With David Beckham on the right and Ryan Giggs on the left, their ability to cross and pick out passes into the box would surely get the best of the unstoppable Cristiano Ronaldo.

With Beckham managing 80 assists across his 265 appearances for United, Giggs managed 162 across 632 fixtures. And Ronaldo has 118 goals in 292 games for the club so far.

Manchester United combined XI

Peter Schmeichel; Gary Neville, Jaap Stam, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Roy Keane, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba; David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs.

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