On this day in 2011, Manchester United beat Arsenal 8-2 at Old Trafford

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It’s fair to say Manchester United fans miss the Alex Ferguson days.

Fergie led the club to 13 Premier League titles before retiring after his triumph in the 2012/13 season.

Since then, it’s been pretty rough.

David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho haven’t got anywhere near a title challenge and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will do well to last the season at the wheel.

Following Saturday’s terrible 2-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace, it’s the perfect time to look back at when United were actually pretty good.

And eight years ago today, they were very, very good.

They welcomed Arsenal to Old Trafford and absolutely spanked them 8-2.

But this wasn’t a star-studded United side. Instead, they just had the greatest manager football has ever seen.

The United XI looked like this:

GK - David de Gea

RB - Chris Smalling
CB - Phil Jones
CB - Jonny Evans
LB - Patrice Evra

RM - Nani
CM - Tom Cleverley
CM - Anderson
LM - Ashley Young

ST - Wayne Rooney
ST - Danny Welbeck


How did that XI beat an Arsene Wenger side 8-2? Fergie, that’s how.

Rooney bagged himself a hat-trick, Young scored twice, while Welbeck, Nani and Ji-Sung Park also got themselves on the scoresheet.

Manchester United's English striker Wayn

United agonisingly missed out on the title that season thanks to Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp winner on the final day for Manchester City.

But Fergie made sure he left United on a high the following season, winning his 13th title by 11 points.

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