Sir Alex Ferguson has created several great teams in just over the two decades he’s been with the club. Whilst he had great players before 1994, that was certainly the start of the great teams. They won the double that year, winning the league by eight points and thrashing Chelsea 4-0 in the FA Cup final. Sadly, they were held back in Europe by the three foreigners rule, allowing them just three players from Schmeichel, Irwin, Keane, Kanchelskis and Cantona.
Ahead of United’s clash with Wigan tonight, the captain of that 1994 team, now the manager of Wigan, has claimed that 94 side could take on the current United team.
“I have always said the ’94 team would have taken on anyone,” said Bruce. “I would still back it now, that was a hell of a team. But after we won the double that season, that team never played together again. Paul Parker left, Paul Ince, Mark Hughes, Andrei Kanchelskis followed. It was broken up very quickly. But my view is that team, with Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Peter Schmeichel and the rest would be a match for anyone.”
When comparing squads, there is no doubt that the 2009 team is far supior, with the 94 team having Lee Sharpe and Brian McClair as their best available subs, but when comparing first XIs, it’s harder to pick.
We don’t so much have a set first XI these days but does our most regular starting team compare to Schmeichel, Parker, Bruce, Pallister, Irwin, Kanchelskis, Ince, Keane, Giggs, Cantona, Hughes?