Left back: Patrice Evra v Luke Shaw – An easy win for Evra this round. The Frenchman was excellent in the title winning season, playing 34 games and chipping in with four goals and five assists. That is far better than Shaw, who, despite being Uniteds best left-back, played just nine games in 2016/17. Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo all filled in at left-back, and there are no guarantees Shaw will start 2017/18 as first-choice in the position. United must long for a player of Evras quality right now. 11 11 Centre midfield: Michael Carrick v Paul Pogba – Carrick was heralded as one of Uniteds most important players as they eased to the Premier League title, with his composed style of play making the entire team tick. He played 36 of 38 games, ending the season with four assists and an impressive pass completion rate of 88 per cent. Pogba started the 2016/17 campaign in poor form, but grew in stature as the months wore on. He is expected to reach new heights next year, and finally establish himself as a world class midfielder. The France star just loses out on this comparison to Carrick, simply due to how important he was to winning the league. He even earned a place in the PFA Team of the Year. Right back: Rafael v Antonio Valencia – Both Rafael in 2012/13 and Valencia right now are consistent defenders who do the simple things well but are hardly going to wow the crowds. Valencia especially is one of the most consistent players in the Premier League at this moment in time, and he narrowly claims this round. However, Rafael did enjoy a fantastic campaign in 2012/13, scoring three goals and creating three more in 28 appearances. Centre midfield: Tom Cleverley v Ander Herrera – A few years before the title-winning season, Cleverley was an exciting attacking midfielder with an eye for goal and a real creative spark. However, he was played in holding midfield by Ferguson and became one of the dullest players in the Premier League. His season was average at best, and it is no surprise he has since left Old Trafford to play for Aston Villa, Everton and, currently, Watford. Herrera has grown into one of the leagues best midfield players since his arrival in Manchester, and he enjoyed a superb individual season in 2016/17. Few players have the same skillset as the Spaniard, and he is a much, much better player than Cleverley was five years ago. Centre back: Jonny Evans v Eric Bailly – Enjoying arguably his best season in a United shirt, Evans was consistently excellent in his 24 league appearances in 2012/13. His form disappeared after Fergusons exit and he had to move to West Brom to revive his career, but he was superb in helping the Red Devils win the title. However, Bailly was similarly superb in his first season in England, and he just edges out Evans for establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the league after such a short length of time. Right attacking midfield: Antonio Valencia v Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Valencia was United Player of the Year in 2011/12. In 2012/13 his form fell off a cliff and the Ecuadorian winger was shockingly poor. He forgot how to beat a man and how to cross a ball, and was eventually dropped from the first-team for important games. Mkhitaryan started his career slowly at Old Trafford, but grew into a vital player throughout 2016/17. He will start the new campaign a guaranteed starter, and far exceeds the level Valencia was playing at in 2012/13. 11 11 11 11 Manchester United are going all out to win the Premier League title this coming season.Having not managed to claim English football’s biggest trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last year at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho is trying to build a squad capable of challeging for the title.The 2017/18 campaign will be the fifth season since Ferguson’s final triumph in 2012/13, but how do the Red Devils compare between that year and right now.talkSPORT take a player-by-player look at both Man United teams to see if Mourinho’s current line up is better than Ferguson’s final one.You can see the comparison by clicking the right arrow, above… 11 Left attacking midfield: Ashley Young v Anthony Martial – Similar to Valencia, Young struggled in the 2012/13 campaign after a strong season the year before. He failed to score a single goal and only provided three assists, and ended up losing his role as a guaranteed starter. Martial is facing a similar situation right now. He has struggled to recapture the form of his debut season, and has been dropped by Jose Mourinho more often than not. However, the Frenchman beats out Young, as even when not playing well he delivers a goal threat. In fact, in 2016/17, Martial scored four goals and registered six assists despite his poor form. Centre attacking midfield: Wayne Rooney v Juan Mata – It was a poor season for Rooney in 2012/13, as he started the season out the team through injury, and ended it out the team due to a severe lack of form. He handed in a second transfer request that summer, and only stayed at United following David Moyes arrival by signing a huge new contract. Mata, on the other hand, remains one of the best playmakers in the Premier League. He scored six goals and created three more last term, and will likely start the 2017/18 campaign as a key creative player for Jose Mourinho. This one is an easy win for Mata. 11 Goalkeeper: David de Gea (age 21-22) v David de Gea (age 27) – click the right arrow to see the player-by-player comparison of the two Man United squads – De Gea was starting to establish himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League in 2012/13, growing from his questionable debut season to put in a series of impressive performances. At the end of the campaign, he was voted into the PFA Team of the Year, and kept 11 clean sheets in 28 appearances. However, he has continued to develop and is now a world class goalkeeper, far beyond the level he was five years ago. 11 11 11 Centre back: Rio Ferdinand v Victor Lindelof – Ferdinand was coming to the end of his career in 2012/13, but still put in a series of impressive performances at the heart of the United defence earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year. He failed to emulate the heights of his earlier career, but is ranked greater than new Red Devils signing Lindelof due to the Swedes lack of experience in England. The 23-year-old is sure to grow into a world class defender, and has shown his ability in domestic Portuguese football and European competition. United fans are hoping he can follow in the footsteps of Ferdinand at Old Trafford. Centre forward: Robin van Persie v Romelu Lukaku – On the back of scoring 30 goals for Arsenal the previous season, United bought Van Persie for the 2012/13 campaign – and he did not disappoint. The Dutchman scored 26 goals, winning the Golden Boot, and playing a key role in the Red Devils title success. Lukaku has been brought to Old Trafford to have a similar sort of impact, though he is a level below Van Persie was at the time of his transfer. He has never reached the 30-goal mark in his career, and has not played for a club at the highest level.
AFC Asian Cup India to table bid to host the 2023 AFC Asian Cup Goal Last updated 2 years ago 10:03 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AIFF Media AFC Asian Cup India The Indian FA have decided to launch a bid to bring the 2023 edition of the continental extravaganza to the country…. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided to table a bid to host the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, Goal understands. The decision to put forward a bid was taken during a meeting of the AIFF’s Executive Committee in Delhi on Saturday, a senior member of the AIFF revealed to Goal. Hosting the continental footballing extravaganza would indeed be a huge stepping stone for the country which is currently playing hosts to the FIFA U17 World Cup which kicked off on October 6th. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. With the infrastructure and facilities already at a high level (and approved by FIFA), India could have a good chance of winning the bid. However, China and South Korea, two footballing powerhouses in Asia, have also expressed their interest in hosting 2023 edition. Thailand and Indonesia were also mulling a bid but withdrew earlier this year. It has to be noted that India have already decided to bid for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup as the Indian FA continues to explore avenues to boost India’s footballing profile. The 2019 AFC Asian Cup is set to be held in UAE and the Indian national team are on course to qualify for the event but they might not need to go through the rigours of qualification for the 2023 edition, provided India’s bid is successful.