Monday, May 12, 2008

United front - an amazing effort (Part I)

OK, so Manchester United won the title eventually. I shan't repeat how last night match went, instead this is a reflection of how the season had went, and how each player have performed...I am no John Dykes or Steve McMahon, so don't treat my viewpoints too seriously. Hahaha~


Edwin van der Sar (Rating: 8 / 10)

Reliable throughout the season, making crucial saves his full-time hobby. However, he is prone to odd mistakes and can look shaky at times...hence the 'adjusted' score.

Tomas Kuszczak (Rating: 7 / 10)

Did well when pushed to the frontlines. Unlucky to get sent off against Portsmouth during the FA Cup quarter-final, otherwise he was reliable between the posts.

Ben Foster (Rating: 6 / 10)

Didn't give him too high a rating as he only played against Derby County away. Hence, his abilities against the top strikers are still relatively...unknown.


Patrice Evra (Rating: 8.5 / 10)

Highly dependable full-back who combines well with whoever playing on the left side. Pacy and showed marked improvement in physical strength and defensive capabilities.

Mikael Silvestre (Rating: 6.5 / 10)

Sat out most of the season due to injury but did well when back on the pitch. Has to stay fit if he wants to give Evra a run for his money.

Gerard Pique (Rating: 7 / 10)

Strong at the back when called upon, an able replacement for Ferdinand and Vidic when either one of them is out. Needs more experience though, his misjudgment against Bolton Wanderers away cost United 3 points.

Rio Ferdinand (Rating: 8 / 10)

Commanding presence at the back who marshals the line well. Still prone to lapses in concentration, but lesser than before.

Nemanja Vidic (Rating: 9 / 10)

Did all the dirty work at the back to ensure United can attack freely. Is definitely on par with the likes of Jaap Stam and Steve Bruce.

Wes Brown (Rating: 7.5 / 10)

OK, he is in peak performance in the past couple of months but the fact is...he is slow and can lose possession quite easily. It would be better for United to get a better defender.

Gary Neville (Rating: -)

Did not play throughout the season due to injury, hence cannot be commented on.


Owen Hargreaves (Rating: 8 / 10)

Plagued by injury at the start of the season, but demonstrated tremendous dependability once he is on the pitch. Versatile, is able to convert to right-back when required.

Michael Carrick (Rating: 7.5 / 10)

Deployed as deep-lying midfielder most of the time but in reality, his attacking qualities are stronger. Needs to score more goals.

Paul Scholes (Rating: 6.5 / 10)

Displays quiet influence in the middle of the pitch but performance has gone down due to his age. However, his experience is beneficial to the younger generation of Red Devils.

Anderson Oliveira (Rating: 7.5 / 10)

Gradually improved as the season progresses. Hardworking, has good technique and passing range, able to tackle as well. The only letdown is his lack of goals.

Ryan Giggs (Rating: 6.5 / 10)

Similar to Scholes, his age had impeded his performance. Used sparingly and sadly, looked out of sorts for large parts of the season.

Luis Nani (Rating: 6 / 10)

Price tag may not be justified as he had a rather erratic first season. Scored a few screamers but still needs time to mature. Needs to control his tantrums too as well as up his physical strength.

Park Ji-Sung (Rating: 7 / 10)

Hardworking player who did what he was told to do consistently. A useful player, especially when United require more energy and defensive cover in the team.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Rating: 9 / 10)

Had a wonderful season which saw him beat records left, right, center. Have matured a lot but can do better to not follow George Best's cavorting ways.


Carlos Tevez (Rating: 8.5 / 10)

The guy with the knack to score goals at the death, an embodiment of the Red Devil's spirit. More dependable than his strike partner.

Wayne Rooney (Rating: 7 / 10)

Mercurial striker with lots of quality but often fails to deliver. Needs to be more consistent although he has curbed his temper very well under the tutelage of Fergie.

Louis Saha (Rating: 6 / 10)

A 'forgotten man' who was scarcely reliable in front of goal, often spurning chances. Looks to be on his way out should a suitable replacement arrives.

Dong Fangzhuo (Rating: -)

Wonder why Man United even bothered to sign him...

Manucho (Rating: -)

Spent the whole season on loan, hence cannot be commented on.

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