An excellent first few months of the season has seen Alex Ferguson’s side throw caution to the wind and attack sides with reckless abandon.
Who have been the stand out performers in the side?
Robin van Persie
There may have been some people suggesting that Manchester United over spent when they forked out £24 million for Robin van Persie. With the Dutchman approaching 30, and not exactly a stranger to the physio’s room, there was an element of risk to the move. However van Persie has quickly made those worries seem ridiculous by flying out of the blocks at his new club, and looking more prolific than even last season. You’d be a brave to bet against van Persie topping the Premier League scoring charts again this season.
For a short while it looked like Manchester United might become entirely reliant on van Persie to score their goals, with Rooney dropping deep to help in the build up play. However even in that position Rooney is a proven scorer, and his all action displays have perhaps marked him out as United’s best player so far this year.
Carrick has perhaps never looked more comfortable at United than he has done this season, and he is playing some of the best football of his career. Carrick is quietly forming an excellent partnership with Tom Cleverley, but whoever is next to him, he looks the same assured figure on the ball, and is providing an excellent base for United’s front four.
Whilst there is still the odd nightmare performance from the young Brazilian, Reading away being the clearest example, he has become a far more consistent performer this year. Rafael is benefitting from an extended run in the side, and the extra threat he brings to the team has proved invaluable on many occasions. Given the standard off the attackers in front of him, the last thing an opposition defender wants to see is the diminutive right back motoring on up to join the attack, and United’s right flank has been the source of much of their best play this year.
There were points last season, and even at the start of this year, when Evra’s future looked highly uncertain, with plenty of people calling for a new signing like Leighton Baines to take his place. However the criticism seems to have galvanised the Frenchman, and he has been back to very near his best over the past few weeks. Like Rafael on the right, Evra’s forward runs have been crucial to United’s stellar attacking play, and the Frenchman’s return to form is a huge boost to Ferguson’s side.
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