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Is Man United’s current attack better than Sir Alex Ferguson’s treble winners?

Is Man United's current attack of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic better than 1999's?

Beckham… into Sheringham… and Solskjaer has won it.

Those eight words will go down in Man United history as the moment Sir Alex Ferguson’s side sealed the treble.

Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham competed for two places in a classic 4-4-2, but how do United’s current crop of attackers compare?


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AND SOLSKJAER HAS WON IT

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AND SOLSKJAER HAS WON IT

The big money signing: Dwight Yorke v Romelu Lukaku

On 28 August 1998 United paid slightly less than the British transfer record to take striker Dwight Yorke from Aston Villa in a £12million deal.

His first season couldn’t have gone much better as 24 goals in 43 starts helped United win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.

Fast forward 19 years and United were again spending big in attack, splashing out £75mil to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

He hasn’t started badly either, netting eight Premier League goals for his new employers. He couldn’t, could he?

A very familiar sight across the 1998/99 season

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A very familiar sight across the 1998/99 season

(50) Shades of Dwight in the way Romelu has been settled in at Old Trafford

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(50) Shades of Dwight in the way Romelu has been settled in at Old Trafford

The home-grown hero: Andy Cole v Marcus Rashford

Every attacking quartet worth its salt needs a homegrown hero to get behind and although Andy Cole was born 80 miles from Manchester, in Nottingham, he ticked all the boxes.

Those boxes consisted of goals, goals and more goals, including the strike that won United the Premier League title in 1999.

Marcus Rashford won’t remember that, seeing as he was only born in 1997, but the Wythenshawe-born striker is fast creating his own path at Old Trafford.

While he’s been forced out wide due to United’s lone striker policy, he’s still shown more than enough to suggest he’s going to be a hero in Manchester for years to come.

And with that stroke of Cole’s right foot the Premier League title was won

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And with that stroke of Cole’s right foot the Premier League title was won

It hasn’t taken Rashford long to discuss the art of levitation

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It hasn’t taken Rashford long to discuss the art of levitation

The super sub: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer v Anthony Martial

It’s impossible to say the words ‘super sub’ and not think of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Even if you know nothing about football he still pops into your head. Honestly, try it.

The Norwegian scored 18 times in just 17 starts during the 1998/99 season, most notably when he toed in United’s Champions League final winner against Bayern Munich.

Anthony Martial is developing a similar reputation under Jose Mourinho, putting in some truly electric appearances.

While Solskjaer seemed to embrace his reputation we can’t see Martial being as content, although getting a smile out of the man is difficult at the best of times.

Rumours are he’s still celebrating to this day

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Rumours are he’s still celebrating to this day

The sadness in his eyes

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The sadness in his eyes

The been there, done that: Teddy Sheringham v Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The crucial ingredient in Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1999 quartet came in the shape of 33-year-old Teddy Sheringham, whose football intellect was an immeasurable quality.

Like London busses, Sheringham waited all his career for a piece of major silverware until, at the end of the 1998/99 season, three came at once.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t like being lumped in with the golden oldies, and it’s only by default- he’s now 36- that he finds himself talked about as a veteran.

If there’s a fitter and more flexible 36-year-old in football we haven’t seen them.

One of the most underrated kits in footballing history

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One of the most underrated kits in footballing history

Doing his best Teddy impression

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Doing his best Teddy impression

The forgotten one: Erik Nevland v James Wilson

They might have been forgotten at Old Trafford, but they’re not going to be forgotten here.

Three hat-tricks in three trial games for United was about as good as it got for poor ol’ Erik Nevland, whose only United strike came in the Worthington Cup.

James Wilson has had more success, scoring twice on his senior debut, against Hull, but also looks to be getting squeezed out of the club.

Does his future also include establishing himself as a club idol at Viking?

That lad’s a future club hero

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That lad’s a future club hero

A career at Viking beckons

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A career at Viking beckons