The Premier League's top four XIs from 2007/08 were exceptional

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What Manchester United fans would give for a return to the 2007/08 season.

The Red Devils won a 10th Premier League title. Cristiano Ronaldo played at an extraordinary level. Manchester City finished in ninth place.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side set a new record with a +58 goal difference, beating Chelsea to the title by two points.

The gap between Man City and Liverpool and the rest of the league now is significant. 

But back in 2007/08, just 11 points separated champions Man United from fourth-placed Liverpool.

Arsenal came third with 83 points, four fewer than United’s eventual total.

And the players on show. Wow.

Premier League's top four XIs from 2007/08

Ronaldo was the star of the show but Chelsea had Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas starred for Arsenal and Liverpool’s team featured Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.

With inspiration from Bleacher Report, GiveMeSport has taken a look at the strongest XIs from each of the top four clubs.

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Man United

Goalkeeper: Edwin van der Sar

Defence: Wes Brown, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra

Midfield: Owen Hargreaves, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick

Attack: Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

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Chelsea

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

Defence: Michael Essien, Ricardo Carvalho, John Terry, Ashley Cole

Midfield: Claude Makele, Michael Ballack, Frank Lampard

Attack: Joe Cole, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda

Manager: Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant

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Arsenal

Goalkeeper: Manuel Almunia

Defence: Bacary Sagna, Kolo Toure, William Gallas, Gael Clichy

Midfield: Alexander Hleb, Cesc Fabregas, Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky

Attack: Robin van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor

Manager: Arsene Wenger

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Liverpool

Goalkeeper: Pepe Reina

Defence: Alvaro Arbeloa, Jamie Carragher, Sami Hyypia, John Arne Riise

Midfield: Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, Dirk Kuyt, Steven Gerrard, Yossi Benayoun

Attack: Fernando Torres

Manager: Rafael Benitez

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Man United’s attack. Liverpool’s midfield. Chelsea’s defence.

What a time.

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