2012/13 title winners – Where are they now?

Three seasons have passed since United last lifted the Premier League title.

As the third post-Fergie manager settles down to the task at hand, one wonders about the value of having players about who have experience of winning the big one.

Triumph in the FA Cup last season gave a whole new set of Reds a taste for silverware – for many in the squad their first major English honour.

No fewer than 25 players have left from the group of 32 who turned out during the 2012/13 campaign – see how many you remember.

But let’s look at who’s still able to tell the lads in the change room about that time we won the league – and hopefully, how to do it again soon…

Manchester United Premier League Winners Parade
Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Alive and Kicking

There are only seven players still on the books from the last title winning season. Some have waning influence on matters as they are no longer first choice, while others will still have a lot to say over the destination of future trophies.

David de Gea | Antonio Valencia | Phil Jones | Chris Smalling

Michael Carrick | Ashley Young | Wayne Rooney

Of this group, I think it’s safe to say that De Gea and Smalling will play big roles in any future title tilts. Both have kicked on and only gotten better since 2013.

While Valencia seems to be first-choice right back at time of writing, it’s only because Matteo Darmian has still to impress the new manager.

Carrick is getting on in years [though still shows his class in the right circumstances], Jones has been in neutral for years and Young needs to find a full-time position [though his adaptability has been impressive].

Then there’s Wazza. More than a decade at the club, certain to be our all-time top scorer by season’s end, but still to win over many supporters after some transgressions in the past. To his credit, he’s added leadership to his skill set – but he may find himself with a shrinking role this year as younger options get the nod in attack.

That’s 32 medals won by that group, in case you were wondering. But 19 of those by Rooney and Carrick.

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Gone but not forgotten. Mostly.

Backup keeper Anders Lindegaard is now between the sticks at Preston North End.

Dynamic defensive duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are both retired. Full backs Patrice Evra and Rafael are at Juventus and Lyon respectively. Jonny Evans [and midfielder Darren Fletcher] landed at West Bromwich Albion.

Self-professed man of the match Alex Büttner is in Russia with Dynamo Moscow [and is surely their best player], while fringe players Scott Wootton [MK Dons], Michael Keane [Burnley] and Marnick Vermijl [Sheffield Wednesday] have all found good homes.

Two more club legends from this team have since retired – perhaps you’ll remember Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes…

Nando’s enthusiast Tom Cleverley is still at Everton, Shinji Kagawa went back to Borussia Dortmund and roly-poly Anderson is in Brazil with Internacional.

Maddeningly inconsistent Nani is now in Spain with Valencia while noted flop Nick Powell has made the not at all far move to Wigan. Rounding out the fringe players in midfield we have Ryan Tunnicliffe [Fulham] and Robbie Brady [Norwich, also looking good at Euro 2016 for Ireland].

Up top you’ll know the names – league top scorer Robin van Persie [Fenerbahce – for now], Chicharito [Bayer Leverkusen] and the one that still stings a few folks, Danny Welbeck [Arsenal].

Journeyman strikers of the era Kiko [we’ll always have Villa] Macheda is at Cardiff while Norwegian international Josh King plies his trade with Bournemouth.

Are there any of the departed that you’d like to see come back? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

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