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League Table Suggests This Is Our Best Ever Team

Manchester United are currently on 55 points after 22 games which is better than any team has ever managed since the introduction of three points for a win in the 1981-1982 season.

The highest total an English team had managed before this season was United in 06-07, when Cristiano Ronaldo started to blossom in to a world class player, and United amassed 54 points.

They say the table doesn’t lie, so does this mean that our current team is the best ever?

Whilst not knocking our achievements this year, I don’t think there’s any way you could argue our starting XI is better now than it was in 93-94/95-96/98-99/07-08. What has changed though is how high the standards are and how much more competitive the league is.

Still, this current team certainly deserve praise for accumulating 55 points, particularly when you consider the injury problems we’ve suffered.

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  1. DreadedRed says:

    ex Sportige:

    ‘It’s been nearly 29 years since the last time Manchester United led at half time in a home match and ended up losing it. Ron Atkinson was the manager on May 7, 1984, when United, up 1-0 against Ipswich through Mark Hughes, dropped the lead, conceding twice and eventually losing the match and in their run for the title against Liverpool.’

    ‘Since the beginning of the Premier League era (1992-1993 season), there have been 212 occasions when United have been leading after 45 minutes – they’ve won 200 of those and drawn just 12.’

    Nice one SAF, keep it up mate.

  2. DreadedRed says:

    Away tie magic from Gigs and Van Persie – 20 seconds.

  3. DreadedRed says:

    If we win tonight, Fulham (+ Berbatov) await. They beat Blackpool away in extra time last night.

  4. StatesideAussie says:

    We are allowing too many goals for this to be called our best team. But I do think we are getting into a groove. Before our eyes, Cleverley is emerging as a midfielder to be reckoned with, while Carrick has ripened into a fully fledged puppet-master, pulling the strings, calling the tune, setting the tempo. Around them, we have players like Kagawa buzzing with verve and energy. Some of our passing has been sharp, there’s a real rhythm to our play and our never-say-die fighting spitit has never been in better shape. And to top it off, there’s RVP up front.

    Balanced against al that, we have been vulnerable in defence, and our wing play has too often been merely mediocre (at least by our historical very high standards). If we can hold it together, I feel sure we’ll win the league. If we can improve even more, the sky’s the limit. Cheers lads!

  5. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    I’ve never seen Zaha kick a ball so I cant’ be a judge. Is he the real deal or is he another overpriced English player like say…….Jordan Henderson?

  6. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Bobby, Zaha is Bebe2.0 for me. A winger with who will get freekicks and not because he dives. Younger Nani without the vision, might be a bit harsh. Related to the Bebe comparison. Probably faster, better with the ball at his feet. The final ball only just better thought

    My problem is the cost….. 14m is insane for me. IF you “agree” that 7m for Bebe was a fair price, THEN you might be pleased with Zaha for 14m otherwise, I just don’t get it.

    Probably in the Bit faster, better with the ball at his feet, but the final ball only just better.

    Here is a video that shows he makes things happen for CP, but not because of a silky pass. More brute force. If this is the the new Bebe, I can buy that. If this is the new Giggs I weap.

  7. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Here is the Zaha video I mentioned that has been doing the rounds:

  8. NBI Red Onion says:

    League getting stronger. We need more points to win. Any top team that drops points needs to look over their shoulder at the next 2 or 3. Competition for 4th spot also huge. We need to get those points just to keep ahead of City now, Chelsea then. Chelsea had 61 points one year at this stage of the season. We need to just keep those points coming to win this league. Fingers crossed no collapse, no bad injuries. Keep it nice and steady.


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