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United's Season: Player Ratings - The Attack

United scored 100 goals in the Premier League and the Champions League - and 82 of them were registered by the four gentlemen rated below.

Cristiano Ronaldo: He is a winger, I know, but his position is flexible, he's playing a free role these days and he's our main attacker. 42 goals, some of them spectacular, some of them lucky, some of them were poacher's effort but the fact is that even when he's got an off-day, Ronaldo can be expected to pop up and score - the measure of the great player. Brilliant and probably unbeatable season. A little blot is the penalty miss in the Champions League final but he played very well in the game itself and scored a fabulous goal so we forgive that one. Best player in the world, obviously. 10

Wayne Rooney: Got a lot of unjust criticism this season. He had a lot of injury problems, missed large chunks of the season and often had to play on his own up front which is not his favourite position but where he performed very well. He scored 12 goals and notched up 13 assists in 26 starts in the Premier League and scored four goals in the Champions League. Apart from the injuries, his one deficiency was that he squandered way too many chances: he could have easily got 20 league goals if his finishing had been anywhere near Ronaldo's level. The heartbeat of the team so often, his passing and vision is brilliant. Signing a proper centre-forward would take a lot of pressure off him. 7

Carlos Tevez: Great debut season. All the ownership wrangling threatened to jeopardise his move to Old Trafford but it happened in the end and though he was struggling early on, not scoring until the Chelsea game at the end of September, he became a lucky charm for United, scoring vital goals (against Chelsea, at Liverpool, Spurs, Lyon, Blackburn). His finishing was often erratic but forged a great partnership with Rooney and should only get better next season. Converted his penalty confidently in the Champions League final. 8

Louis Saha: His 5 goals make him United's fourth highest top scorer but his frustrating glass legs prevented him from playing a major part in our successes. A disappointment: I still rate him as a very fine striker when he's fit and on form but these occasions have been frustratingly rare during his time at Old Trafford which is surely over now. 5

Fraizer Campbell did very well at Hull but played only two games at United whereas Dong Fangzhuo got two opportunities to show his value - neither did enough to be rated.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 26 2008

Time: 1:01PM

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we shud play 2 up front every game next year, doesnt hav to be just rooney and tevez, but shud deffo play 2 upfront !
fenton_01
sign an authodox cente forward (berbatov, huntelaar, eto'o...or even the manucho guy, though im not sure he is ready for first team football yet) and then interchange with rooney and tevez in a 4-4-2 formation. and then when we are pushing for a result go with all three up top added to the likes of ronaldo, nani, anderson, hargreaves or carrick coming from midfield. perfect!
united4life
I'd love to see Huntelaar in a United shirt.There are certain games that will call for one up top.We all hate the Euro away performance but it worked this year.It's not pretty sometimes but I'd take trophies any day of the week.In Fergie we trust!!!
java
Happy Birthday Sir Matt.
java
Merlin - Saha played something like 11 games or so.
Paulinho
I also agree with the Rooney comment Zae. Rooney has a lot of pressure on him to score. I think with Saha leaving, Manucho coming in and possibly(hopefully) either Huntelaar or Gomez coming in would give 4 great strikers. Ronaldo can continue on the wing/poach.
Paulinho
the press seem pretty keen on luis fabiano. im not so sure myself, seems a little old and ths has been his only real good season....we will see
united4life
27 years old, Berba's age.
Paulinho
hehe, i dont really want berbatov either. benzema would be my first choice......or huntelaar
united4life
have to agree with u4l.
rooneyisgod
Maybe I'm mental but i'd prefer a real poacher like Huntelaar.Benzema is brilliant but I think we have that type of player in Rooney and Tevez already.I'm not being greedy but we failed to convert alot of chances last season.We cant depend on Ronnie to get 42 again next year.He's going to need to be pampered next season especially if Portugal reach the latter stages of the Euros.
java
yeah i was thinking about that recently, and in hindsight perhaps benzmea is too similar to rooney...but didnt they say that about tevez too? my main point was that i think berbatov wouldnt fit either one of the characteristics required, gaol poacher or workaholic with pace...i think he will end up abroad. basically, i think we need as close a player to SAHA, but who can stay fit.
united4life
True U4L and Rooney and Tevez worked a treat.It's a pity Saha couldn't stay fit because he's a brilliant player IMO but now is the time to get rid.No way I would want Berbatov either he doesn't fit what we require.He's not the quickest,scores some great goals but throws in the towel very easily when things don't go his way.Huntelaar for me or Eto(who I think Fergie would get the best out of!).Can we possibly do three in a row again???
java
Rooney and Tevez have been brilliant this season. They worked really well together (despite what everyone said) and both scored crucial goals. Tevez scored countless late goals to rescue the game for us, and Rooney played really well. He's been criticised a lot this season, but for the amount of time he's been injured (he has no luck there) eighteen goals is pretty good. He's also spent a lot of time playing second-fiddle to Ronaldo and being an unselfish team player. It's no coincidence that United hardly ever lost with Rooney on the field, and that both Ronaldo and Tevez looked utterly lost in his absense. Ronaldo can go if he doesn't want to stay at United, but Tevez and Rooney would be the last two I'd happily let leave.
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