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United Have Four Strikers - What A Luxury!

United Have Four Strikers - What A Luxury!

Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, Dimitar Berbatov. Sounds good but it's only three. However, we now have a fourth striker, with Manucho granted a work permit to play.

David Gill, the chief executive was excited about the prospect of the 25-year-old Angolan who, apparently, won't rot in the reserves this season but will be given the chance to prove his credentials.

'We couldn`t get a work permit for him straight away, but when we looked at the rules and regulations we found that he actually qualified for one automatically. We`re delighted to have him,' Gill told MUTV.

'He`s 25 years-old and has got a lot of great attributes. You only need to look at the goals he scored at the African Nations Cup to see that and I think he brings something different to the team.

'He`s got a little injury at the moment, but we`re looking forward to him getting fit and showing us what he can do. He`s a great prospect.'


He looked good during the African Cup of Nations, no doubt. Therefore I'm ready to accept that he's got the quality required to play a part in United's season - and it puts us in a very good position.

We haven't had four proper strikers since... I don't know when. Last season it was really only two with Saha almost permanently injured, three if we count Ronaldo. The season before that we had Saha, Smith, Solksjaer and Rooney but they were never always fit at the same time and Smith lost most if his attacking edge due to his serious injury.

2005/06 saw Smith employed as a midfielder so Rooney, Ruud and Saha were entrusted with striking duties - and the latter missed the first half of the season.

So I guess it would be 2004/05 when we last had four strikers. Louis Saha, of course, had a lot of injury problems but still played quite a few games, Smith was still a forward - he scored a few important goals as well. And there was Rooney and Ruud though the latter never approached the heights of the period between 2001 and 2003.

Not much is certain about Manucho of course but one thing is absolutely definite: he's a fantastic header of the ball. And that in itself could help a lot.




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Writer:Zae
Date:Wednesday September 3 2008
Time: 9:39PM

Comments

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I'll tell you one thing. Im a Panathinaikos fan, and i've seen Manucho's games...He is very talanted. Strong and fast and quite good with the ball on his feet aswell. But he is very "raw material" he needs a lot of work. And what concerns me is that he is already 25-26. Sometimes he also looked a bit lazy on the pitch as well but maybe thats his walking/running style, cause when he "turned on the ignition" he was really fast, gallopping past players.
alexpant
04/09/2008 18:37:00
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Manucho :D hope to see him in action some time soon
fenton_01
05/09/2008 12:18:00
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We could have had FIVE strikers if they listened to me and kept Dong. Now who do our guys kick balls at?
Tosswink
05/09/2008 15:31:00
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Spurs used to have 4 strikers too!!! 2 were always grumpy as hell
bringbackhoddle
07/09/2008 01:52:00
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Glad we have plenty of stikers now, and especially pleased about Berbatov. But, I'm slightly sad because I think Tevez will miss out a lot now :( But, hey, he's really good in the last 20 minutes or so of a game - maybe he's our next Ole...
Man utd champions
08/09/2008 16:44:00
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I'm sorry Tosswink... but things would have to be pretty desperate for us to want Dong.
Man utd champions
08/09/2008 16:45:00
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