Date:Monday May 26 2008
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.
Date:Monday May 26 2008
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