Manchester United boss names three teammates he would love to have in his current team

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Manchester United manager would love to sign his three former teammates.

The year was 1999. Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United had just pipped Arsenal to Premier League title and beaten Newcastle United 2-0, thanks to the goals from Teddy Sheringham and Paul Scholes, in the FA Cup final.

The platform was set for what any English team had never done before. Winning the English Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League in one single season was just a mere dream for any manager at that time.

United were never so close to breaking or perhaps making a record. The opponents were the German powerhouse Bayern Munich, and Barcelona’s Camp Nou, which had a sumptuous capacity of over 90,000 people, was destined as the host for that spiritual night.

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Manchester United went into that game without two of the world’s best midfielders at that time- Paul Scholes and Roy Keane. Talking about the game, Manchester United conceded the first goal in an unexpected way.

Mario Basler’s free-kick from outside the box sailed past Peter Schmeichel into the nets, and Man United fell 1-0 behind in the opening 6th-minute of the match.

The next goal came right at the injury time of the second half. It was a leveller from Ferguson’s men. David Beckham‘s swiftly-taken corner met with Teddy Sheringham’s right-footed volley. Consequently, the 1-0 scoreline got changed to 1-1.

After a few seconds, the whole Camp Nou got stunned when Fergie’s another super-sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sneaked the ball through Oliver Kahn’s gloves. Two charismatic goals from two super-subs made Sir Alex Ferguson the first manager and Manchester United the first English club to secure a devoted treble in 1999.

Return to the present day,  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now sitting on the throne of Manchester United and endeavouring to bring the club back to the pinnacle of European football.

Amidst the pandemic-enforced break when footballing action across England is still on hold, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is busy doing some chit-chat with different media outlets. And while doing so, Solskjaer has gone back to playing days and has mentioned the names of his three former teammates whom he would love to sign again at United. He told ShivNadarFoundation:

"“That’s not fair, that’s very unfair. I can only have one?“I would probably pick, can I pick two? They didn’t even play the final. Roy Keane and Paul Scholes. I think I would pick those two.“It’s unfair to Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the best player in the world of course.“I played with him so I would like to have him in my team as well but Keane and Scholes, what an unbelievable midfield.”"

Both Roy Keane and Paul Scholes were integral parts of Ferguson’s success at the ‘Theater of Dreams’. While the former had 51 goals and 29 assists from 469 club appearances across all completions, the latter got the legend status after playing 709 matches in his entire professional career, garnering 152 goals and 73 assists while donning the midfield for the Red Devils.

On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently has become the first billionaire in the footballing world, moulded his career under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson, amassing 118 goals and 69 assists from 292 club appearances. Ronaldo also won his first Ballon d’Or for his superb performances for the red side of Manchester in 2008.

With Roy Keane and Paul Scholes retired now, Ronaldo is the only individual who could make his return to the Old Trafford as a professional player.

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