Manchester United: Team of the decade 2010-2019

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Manchester United’s Midfield:

Holding Midfielder: Michael Carrick

There can be no question of Michael Carrick being included on this list. The former club captain was a loyal servant to Manchester United for way over a decade and he thoroughly deserves his inclusion.

Carrick was one of the most composed midfielders to ever play for the club. He had the energy in his prime to run around the pitch, but it was mostly his distribution and ability to break up offensive players which endeared him to so many managers and it is no surprise he was a key player for the club all the way up until his retirement in 2018.

Michael Carrick even had the ability to pop up in the box or score a stunner from long distance and he really was Manchester United through and through. So much so that even after his retirement Carrick has remained at the club and continues to serve as a coach for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Central Midfielder: Paul Pogba

Some may see Paul Pogba’s inclusion on the list as somewhat of a controversial decision. After, all the French World Cup winner had only joined Manchester United in 2016 and his contributions to the club have been sparse so far.

Yet many forget Paul Pogba not only ended this decade at Manchester United but he had also begun the decade with the club. During the 2011/12 season Paul Pogba made three Premier League appearances, 7 in all competitions before leaving to Juventus on a free.

Since his return Pogba has easily been Manchester United’s best midfielder and his 16 goals from midfield during the 2018/19 season is a highly impressive statistic. Clearly the Frenchman is a world class talent and he is worthy of an inclusion on this list.

Attacking Midfielder: Ryan Giggs

For over twenty years Manchester United and the Premier League were synonymous with only one man – Ryan Giggs. The Welsh winger had been an ever present member of Manchester United’s squad since 1990 and he ambled his way into the 2010 decade too.

Giggs retired in 2014, but up until his retirement, the United legend had player a major role in some of the Red Devils’ greatest triumphs in this decade.

Whilst he may have lost the pace from his heyday, he adapted his game well and his deliveries and crosses as well as his composure on the pitch was often vital for Manchester United.

His legendary status alone warrants him a place in this squad.