Rafael still has youth on his side but 10 starts in the league is not a return he will be overjoyed with. There can’t be too many more naturally talented players around but something is missing with consistency.
To squeeze so many games out of Rio (96yrs old) is impressive and he finished the season particularly strongly. I feel much better when I see his name on the teamsheet and he calms all those around him with his classy distribution. He has still just about got it and it works for us at least that he didn’t go to Poland.
Only two starts in the league and there is a real danger things could be fizzing out for Fabio. A loan spell could be the best thing for him.
Smalling is growing into his position well and has stepped up manfully this season when required. It seems as though Fergie has relaxed into the idea that he will take over as centre-half from Rio over the next season or two. He will be up to the challenge.
Ryan Giggs 7/10
Some of Ryan’s performances were questionable towards the end of the year. His class is still undeniable and his passing is sublime at times. There are more and more occasions though, where he isn’t in the right position to make those passes anymore.
Ashley Young 7.5/10
A terrific first season from the former Aston Villa man and he has sprinkled it with some truly fabulous goals. The furore over diving would not have happened if he played for another club. I am very happy to have him aboard.
Antonio Valencia 8/10
You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. But you are certainly reminded when it, or in this case Antonio, comes back from injury and starts stampeding through defences. No-one was ever going to successfully replace Cristiano Ronaldo, but at this stage Valencia picks himself. A monster of a player.
In a week where Ronaldo had a tantrum about comparisons to Lionel Messi, we are reminded about the man who is constantly being compared to Ronaldo. Nani is a very talented player in his own right, unplayable on his day, but he has faded as the season has worn on again. A full campaign of excellence is needed if the comparisons are to have any substance.
A paltry eight league starts is not great news for a man in his fifth year at the club. He started the season in scintillating fashion but by January Paul Scholes, the man he was brought to replace, was coming out of retirement. If I were Anderson, I would be updating my CV.
Darren Fletcher 6.5/10
His goal against City was class, and even more remarkable when you consider his health problems. One simply hopes he can play again. A great servant of the club.
Poor old Dimitar, he is the right man at the wrong time in my eyes. In any other era he would have Manchester United stamped all over him. It is a shame things have petered out for him. He has behaved with class and dignity throughout, and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.
Danny Welbeck 8/10
Welbeck sweats talent out of every pore and he seems to have grown physically over the course of the season. He has the wonderful combination of being able to score both predatory strikes and wonder goals from nowhere. This, allied with his impressive athleticism, should see him go from strength to strength. A terrific player.
Javier Hernandez 7/10
Javier is, by all accounts, an excellent human being. Unfortunately, he has been overplayed in the last three years and one suspects he is too nice to complain about being tired. His season was underwhelming after his initial barnburning campaign. A decent break and he should bounce back again next year.
Park Ji-Sung 6.5/10
American commentators call Park Ji-Sung ‘Fergie’s attack dog of war’ on account of the man-marking jobs he is given in big games. Park has played an immense role over the past few years, but the clock is ticking now. This season, he didn’t quite cut it.
Sir Alex Ferguson 9/10
Never in the history of the sport has a team invested as much money as Manchester City, and yet they won the title by only the tightest of margins. With his back against the wall Sir Alex has done an absolutely unbelievable job of managing this football club. If only we could clone him.
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