Like Solskjaer’s side did in the season just gone, Ferguson’s men finished within 12 points of the champions that year, Arsenal.
Their downfall in that campaign had been their defensive record, with the Red Devils having finished as the top scorers in the league.
But they let in the second-highest amount of goals out of all the sides that finished in the top five, leading to Ferguson revamping his defensive options.
Laurent Blanc announced his retirement with fellow centre-back David May being allowed to leave Old Trafford on a free transfer.
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