United's irresistible Premier League & European Cup double-winning team of 2007-08 was a group of winners built in Fergie's image.
They might not have broken record for most points, highest goals tally or fewest goals conceded, but this United vintage will go down in the record books for many other reasons.
Sir Alex's class of 2008 was an exceptional football team that played with chemistry, togetherness, grit and a gung-ho approach to all-out, blistering counter-attacking football. They didn't know it at the time, but within their ranks, they had a player who would later go on to become the club's all-time record goal-scorer, and another who went on to achieve extraordinary things at Real Madrid.
The final Premier League table shows how far they were stretched by the nearest challengers Chelsea and Arsenal. As late as the start of March, Arsenal led the table but United surged at the final furlong.
United's attacking trident of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez was ruthlessly efficient and accounted for 71% of United's Premier League goals all season. They were the perfect combination of pace, power and technical security and opposition defenders couldn't live with them.
At the other end of the pitch, the Red Devils boasted possibly the best defence ever built by Sir Alex Ferguson with the legendary Edwin van der Sar in goal. If the United attacking trio possessed complementary skills that got the best out of each other, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidić were virtually born to play football together. Silk and steel, Rio and Vida, this defensive pairing was the stuff of legends.
🇵🇹 Ronaldo the star of the show
No football team would be complete without a superstar poster boy, and Cristiano Ronaldo was that man for Sir Alex. CR7 notched 42 goals across all competitions in 2007-2008, including a vital towering headed opener in the Champions League final against Chelsea and a string of stunning free-kicks, chips and pretty much everything else you can imagine throughout the season. Little did we know how phenomenal he would become, but the signs were there that we were witnessing something pretty special blooming before our eyes.
🏆 European ecstasy in an all-English final
It was a miserable night in Moscow, the Russian capital, but the Luzhniki Stadium turned out to be a happy hunting ground for Manchester United. They beat Chelsea on penalties as the rain teemed down with John Terry famously slipping and hitting the woodwork with a penalty that would have made the Blues champions of Europe. Instead, it was United's night.
This group had pretty much everything you could possibly want from a modern football team, and they combined all of those elements into a lethal package that will be difficult to forget.