O’Shea hails greatest squad ever

Sunderland defender John O’Shea say that the current Man Utd squad is the best he has ever seen. O’Shea won five Premier League title in his time at Old Trafford before he joined Sunderland in 2011.

The Mail report the Irishman thinks Ferguson now more options than he has ever done before: “The manager has been fortunate. He’s had some great squads to select from but there’s no doubt this squad are up there with the best of them. The manager has got pretty much everyone fit and they’ll go from strength to strength.”

Man Utd face Chelsea today in a replay of the FA Cup quarter final, just two days after they beat O’Shea’s Sunderland 1-0 to maintain their 15 point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Ferguson was able to rest Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney and all three may feature at Stamford Bridge.

There is no doubt that this current United squad is outstanding in both quality and depth. There is still the possibility of a league and cup double if they can beat Chelsea and then Man City in the FA Cup.

Crop of 1999 still the best

Fergie won the double in 1994 and 1996 with a United squad boasting the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Paul Ince and Eric Cantona.

Then they won the treble in 1999 with David Beckham, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs in midfield and Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke up front.

To compare the current squad to that of 1999 is difficult and on paper there seems to be little to choose between them. But given that the crop of ’99 won three trophies in one season and the Premier League three times in a row, it is hard to say that this current group is better.