Are there parallels with the current team? Of course, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s outfit does not boast the experienced Van der Sar-Neville-Giggs-Scholes core that Sir Alex could call on, but there are similarities elsewhere, with young, dynamic forwards in Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood and Harry Maguire growing as an influential central defender influence, a la Ferdinand.
Could Bruno Fernandes prove the missing link in the midfield area, as Michael Carrick was in 2006? In a different, more attacking position to the Geordie, admittedly.
That will all come out in the wash as the next 12-18 months progress, as United go in search of the club's first silverware under Solskjaer.
But whatever happens in that unpredictable future, previous eras – like the one that began in 2006 – suggest that the value of winning a trophy, any trophy, is of immeasurable value to young, aspiring Manchester United teams.
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