It’s both physically and mentally very difficult to use the word underrated in the same sentence as Manchester United. After all, they’re one of the most successful teams in the history of English football as everyone knows. Still, there’s been a couple lads to have worn the famous red strip over the years that haven’t received the admiration they deserve.
Now some of these fellas haven’t exactly lit the Premier League alight since hitting their prime, and that’s fine, because all we’re trying to do is open the eyes of the public up to see just how great these lot were at one point or another. After all, they always bang on about ‘opportunity’ at the Theatre of Dreams.
Everton fans may have turned on him eventually, but good old Timmy Howard has more often than not been a solid performer week in and week out.
United were constantly searching for the next great 'keeper when the American was at the club, and he was never truly appreciated. Shame.
Whilst Wes Brown's career has taken a bit of a nose dive lately, you simply can't avoid the fact that Fergie once called him "the best natural defender this club has had for years". Definition of high praise.
Ignore EVERYTHING else that John did in his career, because at United there were times when the Irishman was one of the best defenders in the country. Fact.
Poor old Mikael. Just because he wasn't the biggest or the flashiest, people tend to de-value his impact for United. We still love you.
Classy, strong, solid as a rock. Denis Irwin's greatness speaks for itself.
Bloody hell Park Ji-Sung played like he was charged on something. The midfielder never stopped running and gave 110% every single time he was out on that pitch for The Red Devils, which deserves some real recognition.
You can joke about the reasoning behind his lack of playing time over the years, but that would make you a bellend. A truly iconic midfielder that could've gone on to become a United hero.
Yes, he's not Ronaldo, but the bloke was still a top player considering his ability and skillset. Get over yourselves.
Despite having an absolutely ridiculous nickname, Javier Hernandez lit up the Premier League during his time at Old Trafford.
For a guy that small, the Mexican never gave up and my god did it make for some lovely finishes.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The baby-faced assassin that won the European Cup in one of the most dramatic finals in the history of football. I mean, yeah, Solskjaer is right up there when it comes to underrated stars of the past.
My god was Louis Saha a fantastic forward when he was on form. Whether it was a screamer or a tap in, the Frenchman knew how to get things done.
Now if you have this starting XI as an actual team, then wow. You may not have a set of world beaters on your hands, but the efficiency on display right here is better than half of today’s crop of Premier League sides. Fact.