I completely disagree with this. 2003-2005 was a period of transition after the class92/treble era. The defence was being rebuilt around Rio Ferdinand, slowly settling when Vidic, Evra, VDS were slotting in. Keane was being phased out, and a suitable partner for Scholes was at last found and developed in Carrick. Up front the wise decision was made to drop a brilliant Van Nistelrooy and give time to two of the best prospects around in Ronaldo and Rooney. As this took place, we were weaker for a few years, but the team from 2005/6 to 2009 was the best United team in history, I’d say one of the best teams in football history. Ronaldo was a worldie, but the team was absolutely magnificent in every department, and the age of players was nicely varied. Ferguson himself has described well the need for transitioning periods for great teams, but unfortunately, he didn’t manage to transition from that team in the same way.