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08/05/2013 11:22,

Sir Alex: Team builder

The current crop
Despite winning the 2012/13 Premier League at a canter, today’s United team is yet to earn the ‘great’ title – but with so many blossoming youngsters, it's only a matter of time. Having won a record-breaking 19th title in 2011, Sir Alex began assembling the new generation. David De Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones were added to an already youthful side, which eventually lost out on the championship crown on goal difference, before blossoming talents Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell joined the following season. Of course, cash was splashed to sign Robin van Persie, whose elegance and experience placed a cherry on top to aid the Reds' title charge this term. As the boss wrote in his programme notes just last weekend, “this team of champions is not going away.”

You can post your messages of thanks to Sir Alex at facebook.com/manchesterunited, tweet using the hashtag #thankyousiralex or post on our Talking Reds message board here and your comments could be selected for a special Sir Alex book.

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The current crop

2013 and beyond

"Despite winning the 2012/13 Premier League at a canter, today’s Manchester United team is yet to earn the ‘great’ title – but with so many blossoming youngsters, it's only a matter of time..."

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