Where is the reserve squad from Man Utd who won the title under Solskjaer in 2010, including Gabriel Obertan and economist?

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER led his Manchester United side to the Premier Reserve League title in 2010.

Now, 11 years later, the Norwegian has missed out on the trophies, finished second behind Manchester City in the prem and lost the Europa League final against Villarreal on penalties last season.

This Man Utd team won the 2010 Premier Reserve League title
The group included some famous faces such as Paul Pogba and Rafael da Silva

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The group included some famous faces such as Paul Pogba and Rafael da SilvaImage Credit: Getty – Contributor

In May 2010, the northern winner United met in the final against its southern counterpart Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

And after a dramatic 3-3 draw, it went to penalties.

Ben Foster was the hero when he scored his spot kick and saved two.

But what has happened to the United players since that night?

Ben Foster

Foster lagged behind Edwin van der Sar and fought for first-team chances at Old Trafford – he only managed 23 in his five years at the club.

He went to Birmingham and won the League Cup in 2011 before spending an extended stint at West Brom.

Foster joined Watford in 2018 and now also entertains fans with his Cycling GK YouTube channel.

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Rafael da Silva

The Brazilian has arguably had the best Man Utd career in the starting XI after signing alongside his twin Fabio at the age of 16.

They had to wait until they turned 18 to play, but Rafael made a name for himself afterwards, playing 170 games and winning three Premier Leagues before joining Lyon for five years in 2015.

He was with Istanbul Basaksehir in their win over Solskjaer United last season before joining Botafogo.

Ritchie De Laet

Right-back De Laet signed with Stoke in 2009 but made only six appearances under Ferguson and was loaned to Sheffield United, Preston, Portsmouth and Norwich.

He signed permanently for Leicester in 2012 and had the bizarre honor of winning both the Premier League and promotion from the championship – while on loan to Middlesbrough – in 2015-16.

De Laet later turned into a deadly center-forward in Melbourne City before moving to Royal Antwerp in his native Belgium.

Corry Evans

Evans’ United time has been overshadowed by that of his older brother Jonny as he did not appear on the executive floor.

Still, he’s had a decent career as either a center-back or midfield player for Hull, Blackburn and now Sunderland – playing 66 caps for Northern Ireland.

Oliver Gil

Gill, son of former Man Utd boss David, looked promising – especially when he was called up for a Champions League game on the bench in December 2009.

Although the defender won Denzil Haroun’s Reserve Player of the Year award in 2011, he left the club immediately afterwards to study economics at Durham University.

Joe Dudgeon

There were high hopes for Dudgeon, who made his U18 debut at United at the age of 15 and received a squad number in 2009-10.

The only 30-year-old left-back struggled with injuries and retired after four years at Hull in 2015 and now works as a scout and youth coach for Manchester City and Northern Ireland.

Solskjaer holds the trophy with skipper Corry Evans

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Solskjaer holds the trophy with skipper Corry EvansPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
The United Reserves, including Paul Pogba, celebrate victory on penalties

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The United Reserves, including Paul Pogba, celebrate victory on penaltiesPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

Rodrigo Possebon

Possebon was brought from Brazil in 2008 and made eight appearances in his first season, including for Cristiano Ronaldo in an FA Cup debut.

He was loaned to Braga for the first half of the 2009-10 season but returned to win the reserve title before embarking on a journeyman career in his native country.

A couple of weeks in Vietnam with Ho Chi Min City didn’t work out and he is now football director at Ferroviaria in the Brazilian fourth division.

Oliver Norwood

Norwood entered the United Academy at the age of seven but, like many, did not get a first-team appearance and was loaned out.

He then spent two years with Huddersfield and another two with Reading before signing for Brighton, where he won promotion to the Premier League.

The midfielder did the same at Fulham and Sheffield United on loan before joining the Blades permanently.

Cameron Stewart

It’s a similar story for Stewart, who showed a lot of promise but ultimately never made it to the first-team Holy Grail – instead, got loaned out to Yeovil and Hull.

The latter signed him in 2011, but he was never a regular and was repeatedly extradited in Ipswich – he was fired by Lincoln in 2018 and has been without a club since then.

Mame Biram Diouf

Diouf scored two goals for Solskjaer in their victory over Villa eleven years ago, including an 88th-minute equalizer to save the game and send it to penalties.

He made his solo first-team motor on his debut after replacing Wayne Rooney in January 2010 and turning around at the Stretford End.

But that was as good as it was for the striker who went to Hannover and Stoke and is now with Hatayspor in Turkey.

Oliver Norwood operated at the center of midfield just like he does now for Sheffield United

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Oliver Norwood operated at the center of midfield just like he does now for Sheffield UnitedImage Credit: Getty – Contributor
Mame Biram Diouf scored his first equalizer of the game to make it 1-1 just before half-time

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Mame Biram Diouf scored his first equalizer of the game to make it 1-1 just before half-timePhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

Federico Macheda

The Italian striker equalized United with a penalty to make it 2-2 at Old Trafford and then retired on penalties from 12 meters.

But his famous moment at Old Trafford came a year earlier – against the same opponents – with his dramatic added-time winner before going on six loans in four years and joining Cardiff in 2014.

He is now with Panathinaikos in Greece.

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Gabriel Obertan

The former PSG winger came on for Stewart 11 minutes into the second half but held out for 19 minutes before William Keane came on in his place.

Obertan made 28 first-team appearances between 2009 and 2011 when he signed for Newcastle.

After five years with St. James, he completed positions in Russia, Wigan, Bulgaria and Turkey with Erzurumspor.

Is now at the USL Championship site Charlotte Interdependence.

Will Keane

Another man who played alongside his twin brother at United, with Michael Keane now at Everton, striker Will missed his penalty.

The striker made three first-team appearances, two of which came under Louis van Gaal in 2015-16 but signed for Hull in 2016 and now plays in the first division with a total of 68 career goals at Wigan.

Paul Pogba

The French midfielder came on with four minutes left but we didn’t know what would happen to him afterwards.

Ferguson let Pogba join Juventus in 2012, but four years later United paid £ 89m to bring him back to Old Trafford and the pantomime drama has continued ever since – some good, some bad, some ugly.

He was taken off the pitch in the extension of the Europa League final defeat.

However, he has the small bonus of winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Form has picked up this season after recording seven assists in United’s first eight games.

Scott Wootton

Wootton, one of the two unused submarines at Old Trafford, had stepped in from rival Liverpool.

But after six years, a Champions League appearance and a string of loans, he joined another Red Devils rival, Leeds, and is now in Morecambe via Plymouth.

Ron-Robert Zieler

Zieler had a successful time with Hannover in his home country before a short, disappointing stay in Leicester in 2016/17.

However, his career highlight was being part of the Germany squad from 2014. Still at Hannover 96.

Pogba is the only one left at Old Trafford but spent four years away at Juventus

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Pogba is the only one left at Old Trafford but spent four years away at JuventusCredit: EPA
Ron-Robert Zieler, left, was part of the German World Cup squad in 2014

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Ron-Robert Zieler, left, was part of the German World Cup squad in 2014Image credit: AFP


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