Manchester United 2-1 Newcastle United

The unlikely lads

September 26, 2012
By Richard Jolly, Old Trafford
(Archive)
Some Manchester United back fours trip off the tongue. There was Denis Irwin, Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister and Paul Parker in Sir Alex Ferguson's first great team; Irwin, Ronny Johnson, Jaap Stam and Gary Neville when he made United European champions in 1999; Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown when they returned to the summit nine years later.

They were names that scarcely needed to be written on the teamsheet; they just automatically appeared. But if it is a three-way ...

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