I was 5 when Durrant was assaulted and have no memory of him pre injury so I'm not able to form an opinion.
My first real memory of him was his goal against Marseilles and its still one of the sweetest strikes I can think of.
It is close, very close.Too young to have seen peak Durrant, but I've seen all the footage. But if it wasn't "even close" then he must have been world class, because peak Fergie was just below that level. He was dictating games against England at Wembley and Champions League fixtures by the age of 21.
Those dismissing Ferguson obviously have an agenda. He was a quite magnificent talent, comparable to any of the great midfielders we've had, not saying better, but certainly comparable.
The pre-injury Durrant was unique.
Had had touch to die for, could spray passes around with the best of them, was lightning quick, could score goals but it was his inate ability to go beyond the front men that set him apart. It's an ability that very very few midfielders possess at the top level. The tragedy is that we never saw the best of him. We can only speculate on what level he could've reached.
Given what we did see,of both players it's a very very close call.
As to the OP's point on who would best suit us tomorrow? I'd take both!