Manchester United

The Team For Tonight – Utd

My line up for tonight’s opener against Newcastle would be as follows. However, I’m pretty sure Fergie’s will be quite different as he may well stick with the old guard of Neville and Scholes.

GK – Edwin Van Der Sar – No real need for explanation here. Kuszczak isn’t that good and VDS is still an excellent keeper at the ripe old age of thirty-nine.

RB – Rafael – There’s four players who could make this position their own this season. Rafael will be competing with Gary Neville, John O’Shea and Wes Brown for a first-team place. Neville is too slow these days. Brown and O’Shea are very similar, solid but unexciting. Rafael, whilst being the most inexperienced, is tough tackling and loves to get forward. With time and experience I can see him being United’s no1 right back for years to come.

CB – Nemanja Vidic – One of the best centre-backs in the world.

CB – Jonny Evans – With Rio Ferdinand injured about as much as Jonathan Woodgate these days, Evans will play a lot of games. He started last season well but trailed off as the campaign continued. With a season more experience behind him  I’m sure the 10/11 season will be a good one for the Northern Irishman.

LB – Patrice Evra – Top class full-back. He’s quick, great going forward and deceptively strong for his size.

RM – Antonio Valencia – Had Valencia not been brought in last season to replace Ronaldo then I’m sure he’d have received more plaudits for a fine debut season at Old Trafford. He’s an ‘old-fashioned’ winger. He beats his man down the line and whips in a cross. Hardly surprising Rooney scored so many headers last season with him on the wing.

CM – Ryan Giggs – While he doesn’t have the legs to take players on anymore, Giggs still has a great footballing brain. From the middle of the pitch he can control the tempo and has the ability to pick out a killer pass for the strikers.

CM – Darren Fletcher – After a rather embarrassing first couple of seasons in the first team Fletch has steadily improved. With Hargreaves seemingly never going to recover from injury, United needed a ball winner in the middle. And while Fletcher isn’t as good as Hargreaves at playing the holding role, he’s done a good job there. While I’d rather see Hargreaves in there any day of the week he’s no use to United setting up camp in the medical room.

LM – Park Ji-Sung – You know what you’re getting with Park. He keeps it simple and works like a Korean ant. While Nani is the more flamboyant player for this position he’s too inconsistent. And with Gutierrez a possibility to start on the wing Park will track back and help out his full-back.

STRK – Wayne Rooney – An absolutely dire World Cup from one of the best players on the planet. You don’t become a bad player overnight, so as long as he’s fit he’s always going to be first choice.

STRK – Dimitar Berbatov – I know most United fans will be cursing me for this one. On his day Berb is top-class, he showed that playing for Tottenham. What he needs is confidence. It’s a new season, starting with a home game against one of the ‘weaker’ sides in the league. If he can get off to a good start he could well have a good season. And if he does he could be the difference between finishing 1st to 2nd. Let’s make this the season of Berb! And if he’s still crap there’s always Macheda or Hernandez (don’t even bother mentioning Owen to me).

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