Man Utd 2008 side voted better than our Invincibles

The current 20 Premiership managers were asked who the greatest team of the decade was and they voted for Fergie’s side of 2008 ahead of our Invincibles of 2004, once more proving that we still don’t get enough credit for our incredible achievement. The pro-United bias is so strong that if Man Utd had gone an entire league campaign unbeaten the Queen would’ve been thrown into the London dungeon so that Sir Alex of Ferguson could become King of England.

I don’t think Wenger’s achievement will be fully recognised for years yet, not until both he and Ferguson have retired at least. Granted Manchester United won the Premiership and Champions League double in 2008 but both were very close, pipping Chelsea by two points and winning the European Cup on penalties, whereas we romped to the 2004 title playing with pace, style and panache.

The fact remains it is far easier to win a cup competition – even the Champions league, which an average Porto side won a few years back remember – than to navigate a 38 game league campaign unbeaten in the most competitive, physically demanding league in the world.

Thierry Henry - Arsenal legend

Sorry Thierry, you're not as good as the boy Shearer

To rub salt into the wounds, the greatest line-up of the decade was also chosen and no Arsenal players made that either. The full line up was:

GK: Edwin van der Sar
RB: Gary Neville
CB: Nemanja Vidic
CB: John Terry
LB: Ashley Cole
RM: Cristiano Ronaldo
CM: Steven Gerrard
CM: Paul Scholes
LM: Ryan Giggs
S: Didier Drogba
S: Alan Shearer

It’s hard to argue with most of those choices to be fair, but how Shearer gets the nod ahead of Thierry Henry is beyond me and I can only put it down to English bias. However, I suppose we can take solace in the fact that Ashley Cole played six of those ten years as a Gooner, so that’s half a player in the line-up then!

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  1. para

    In UK the only ones who like Arsenal are the fans.
    Media hates Arsenal, you just have to listen to the negative comments
    and the grudgingly given praises when they have no other option.
    ManU is the nation’s flagship, and will always be.

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  2. eve

    HA,HA, HA, HA, HA, HA ,HA, HA, THIS IS A REALY FUNNY JOKE, MANURE 08 BETTER THAN OUR INVINCABLES, GOOD ONE, and its not only the arsenal fans who love their team, there are thousands of nuetrals who would pick arsenal as a team to support as they play the best and most exciting football,

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  3. Chuka

    The fact that we can’t call a spade a spade in the UK is one of many problems facing the little country in all areas. Managers of the premier league sides all suck up to Sir Alex and the press cant seem to make objective comments when it comes to Arsenal.

    How could the best Eleven be selected without Vieira and Henry? Without Bergkamp? Utter rubbish and crap. Let’s leave that for now as the dunces behind that selection couldn’t select an appropriate team for the clubs they manage. Time and time agai I have seen managers select players based on nationality ahead of form so expecting the same managers to pick well deserving players won’t happen.

    As for the 2008 team of Man Utd being better than the Invincibles….that’s a laugh, isn’t it? Before Man Utd lost a game after a hatful of draws, it seemed like the unbeaten record was going to be the biggest achievement of Fergie. So let’s cut the crap and give credit to whom credit is due. Not only did we go unbeaten that season, we extended it 11 games into the next season. Try that for size.

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