Anders Lindergaard 8/10
A confident man and a confident player. He lacks the natural talent and athleticism of De Gea but is a commanding presence in the area and was unlucky not to win the jersey full time.
Patrice Evra 7/10
A season that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons for the Frenchman. No man should have to contend with the racism he endured in the games against Liverpool. his recent interview revealed that he has had to stoically cope with a number of life’s curve balls this year. IN some ways though, the hoo-ha with Suarez almost deflected attention from some pretty average showings as a defender. He ain’t as young as he used to be.
Nemanja Vidic 6/10
If only, if only, if only. The soccernet website still cruelly shows the final league table and one can’t help but feel that our goal difference might have been a little better if we’d had the captain all season.
The end we all expected I suppose. Michael Owen barely registered on the radar this season and you may well expect his career to peter out now. He has proven people wrong before though. The highs of scoring a hat-trick in Europe and the last minute winner against City are behind us. Against my better judgment, I thank him for the memories.
Wayne Rooney 9/10
There is not a defender in world football that enjoys playing against Rooney. He is a physical menace but retains the touch of a butterfly on the ball. A formidable player who already belongs in the pantheon of United greats. There may be even more to come from him next year.
Johnny Evans 8/10
Definitely the Northern Irishman’s best campaign in the shirt and he is starting to look like a United player. Too many of us forget that you have to grow into the stature required for the top level. Evans is beginning to show that putting in the leg work, and withstanding the flak, pays off.
Phil Jones 8/10
Jones struggled to maintain his early season form and was possibly overplayed a bit in his first season. The fact remains that his early impact was astonishing and a real boon for those who keep faith with our policy of buying youth. He has all the attributes required to become a truly awesome footballer. I hope he does it with United.
Michael Carrick 8/10
A much heralded season for the Geordie and it is true he may be underappreciated. The common consensus is that he passes well but doesn’t take games by the scruff of the neck. This remains true. Nonetheless, you need some ‘Mr. Reliables’ in your team and Carrick is ours. A kind of midfield Denis Irwin.
Tom Cleverly 6/10
The jury is still out on Cleverly. His performance in the Charity Shield last August was tremendous but it was also a long time ago. The potential is there, but he will need consistency to prove he can cut it next season.
Paul Scholes 8.5/10
The signing of the season, of any season really. It does not say much for our younger midfielders that he dominated so much, but on the other hand Scholes in all time great. He was nominated for the player of the year award by the end of a season in which he played less than half the games. That says it all.
Part 2 and the rest of the squad will follow next week.
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