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What Can We Expect From United - The Attack

Though many journalists and other animals would lead you to believe that Ronaldo's departure weakened our midfield, those who watch United regularly know that this is rubbish. His absence will be felt keenly in attack, as he was more a forward than anything else.

So, let's see whether those now charged with the task of goalscoring are up to the task. We have five strikers to pick of, each with disctintly different qualities so there should not be a problem.

First there is Wayne Rooney who is in the focus of attention. He's our number one attacker and he is the one who carries our hopes. If he shines in his preferred central role, if he gives full rein to his abilities then we'll have no problem of producing the goals that Ronaldo took away to Madrid.

Sir Alex admitted that he had used Dimitar Berbatov out of position until now but vowed to deploy him as the main striker, with Wayne Rooney playing just behind him. His lack of pace is a concern but his brilliant vision, first touch and good finishing should ensure a good season for him. Much is expected of him and he won't disappoint I believe, he'll do better than last season's nine league goals and ten league assists.

We have Michael Owen, too who is the biggest question mark ever. He could be an inspired free transfer - or a ridiculous piece of desperation. He's a crock, he's lost his pace, he's never been good in the air or linking up the play - but he can score goals. We have little to lose but if he does not deliver we could end up woefully short up front, especially if one of Berbatov and Rooney picks up an injury.

In that case we might have to rely on the youth of Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck. Both are tall, strong, skilful strikers but without sufficient experience. Macheda is a tad clumsy on occasions while Welbeck is too selfish - but they require only a little tuition and experience as they have the talent. Whether they are quite prepared to play a significant part this season - well, I'm not convinced.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 14 2009

Time: 11:05PM

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14/08/2009 23:51:00

More doom and gloom! How many strikers has Fergie brought through the youth system over the years. The answer is none. Anyone who has made it through either gets sold a la Rossi or converted to a new position a la Scholes. There must be a reason why Fergie rates Welbeck so highly which is why he trains with the first team. I have more faith in Welbeck and Macheda than Owen. The lack of Berbatov's pace is irrelevant he may not be lightening quick but neither was Teddy or Bergkamp for l'arse and they still made things happen on the pitch. More crosses this season which means more headers and I'd rather have Berbatov on the end of those crosses than Rooney. If these two can click which I believe they will we may be witnessing one of the best partnerships up front since Yorke & Cole. All our forwards can better last years total of 47 league goals between them. Thats only 10 each and I expect Rooney to get half of them.
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15/08/2009 03:35:00

To be honest I think Manyoo will have a season full of contrasts. I can see you winning some silverware, but not the Premiership title. And Rooney will probably be your top player. If Owen Hargreaves could walk further than my grandma then it could be different but he is a basket case. By Christmas I think the Berbaflop era will have finished. He can't do it for you. I can see Manyoo finishing third or fourth in the Prem but winning a Cup. Of coffee.
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15/08/2009 05:13:00

My predictions? Berbatov to flop again. Rooney to score 10 goals in 7 games, then go missing for the next 10. Macheda to look totally out of his depth, Owen to score 5 or 6 in quick succession then succumb to his hamstring. You are full of the hubris of the past and your blinkered sense of self importance will not let you see the facts that this is the weakest squad you have had in years. Your easy start will paper over the cracks for a few weeks yet, but I'm looking forward to reality biting come November/December. Enjoy the season, I predict a VERY long one for Manyoo.
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