The Daily Mail has looked at the greatest football teams of all time, with one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s sides coming second to the 1970 World Cup winning side (Felix, Brito, Piazza, Carlos Alberto, Everaldo, Clodoaldo, Gerson, Jairzinho, Tostao, Pele, Rivelino)
46 Manchester United (1994)
Schmeichel, Parker, Bruce, Pallister, Irwin, Kanchelskis, Keane, Ince, Giggs, Hughes, Cantona
English champions and FA Cup
Eric Cantona was bringing the good times back to United, while the likes of Roy Keane, Paul Ince and Ryan Giggs were emerging as heroes.
26 Manchester United (1968)
Stepney, Brennan, Dunne, Foulkes, Sadler, Crerand, Stiles, Charlton, Aston, Best, Kidd
European Cup winners
United beat Benfica at Wembley on a emotional night to win their first European Cup, with Bobby Charlton scoring twice, and George Best and Brian Kidd one each. Charlton cried into manager Sir Matt Busy’s arms ten years after the Munich disaster.
22 Manchester United (2008)
Van der Sar, Brown, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez
English Champions, European Cup winners
Sir Alex Ferguson said he believes the United of 2008 to be the finest of his reign, and they certainly thrilled lovers of the game with some brilliant performances on the way to the league title, and a memorable European Cup final win over Chelsea in Moscow.
21 Manchester United (1958)
Gregg, Foulkes, Colman, Byrne, Jones, J Blanchflower, Scanlon, Charlton, Taylor, Edwards, Viollet
European Cup semi-finalists
United’s magical Busby Babes had already won two league titles and reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1958 before eight of their players were killed in the Munich air crash. It remains one of football’s darkest ever days.
2 Manchester United (1999)
Schmeichel, Neville, Stam, Johnsen, Irwin, Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Yorke, Cole
Champions League winners, English league champions, FA Cup winners
Reached new heights with their fantastic Treble-winning achievement. The closing moments of that night in Barcelona turned a rather drab European Cup final into arguably the most dramatic of all time – and made legends of Sir Alex Ferguson’s XI.
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