Since 2015, this writer has composed a potential XI on an almost daily basis, inviting readers to think about how best Manchester United should line up for various games.
And, crucially, neither did United supporters themselves – perhaps a reason why this format of article has proved to be one of the most successful in terms of clicks. How often have we, over the last five years, felt utterly estranged from this United team, as if unable to even begin thinking about what a best XI could look like?
After just a month with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the wheel, however, that notion has been flipped on its head. United supporters know exactly what their best team is.
Apart from that, though, you know what the team below is going to be, don’t you? Perhaps this is Ole’s greatest victory so far: his appeal to common sense man-management and a playing style aligned with what modern football demands, paving the way for a very obvious best XI to take on Arsenal this Friday.