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.
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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