At the start of the 2012/13 season teams and players begin with hope and expectations and I thought it would be interesting to review the players who least met expectations this season.
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Ever since stating he wished to leave Manchester United back in 2010, Wayne Rooney has never been too far away from speculation linking him with a move away from Old Trafford.
There is no doubting his ability as a footballer, and what he can do to opponents on his day.
Despite some fine performances this season it would be fair to say that Danny Welbeck’s inclusion as one of six nominees’s for the PFA Young Player award has certainly raised a few eyebrows.
Many fans and pundits have been surprised to see Danny included as the forward has only scored once in the Premier League this season and hasn’t started anywhere near the same amount of games that the other nominees - excluding Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere – have.
As Manchester United lined up today to face Stoke City at the daunting Britannia Stadium, many were surprised to see the side being put out by Sir Alex Ferguson.
After a big gap, we saw Wayne Rooney being played as a mainstream central midfielder alongside Michael Carrick with Shinji Kagawa on the left and Antonio Valencia on the right. Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez started upfront for the away side.
Radamel Falcao is one of Europe’s most feared strikers. We know that. The Columbian hit-man’s set to score 30+ goals for the fourth consecutive season and will certainly play in La Liga and/or the Premier League in the very near future. We know that.
So would a £17m Andy Carroll improve Manchester United?
It seems a ridiculous idea I know, but so did the purchase of Eric Cantona at the time. Of course nobody in their right mind would confuse the enigmatic, technically gifted Frenchman with the battering ram that is the ponytailed Geordie but consider for a moment the potential.
Watching us play over the last fortnight or so starting from the disastrous night in Europe against Real Madrid to our unconvincing 1-0 win over managerless Reading at home has caused me stress which is typical in the business end of the season when supporting Manchester United.
But the thing I have been wondering over that time is why exactly is Robin van Persie starting for us?
At the weekend Manchester United faced one of their Top 4 rivals in Chelsea in the FA Cup at Old Trafford. The last time these teams met it was United who triumphed 3-2 after a thrilling match at Stamford Bridge.
QPR prepared for the visit of the Champions elect on a freezing February day by producing a pitch that makes Old Trafford look like a bowling green. That cold, hard, bobbly surface was presumably designed to bring us down to their level, and it largely worked.
However one man stood head and shoulders above everyone else on the field. Ryan Giggs.
Who would have thought going into the last Saturday of February that Manchester United could potentially go 15 points ahead of title-rivals Manchester City before Roberto Mancini’s side face-off against Chelsea at home?
Nani and Javier Hernandez both scored as Manchester United defeated Premier League strugglers Reading 2-1 in the FA Cup 5th Round at Old Trafford. Jobi McAnuff got a late consolation for Reading, but United held on.
Take a bow Danny Welbeck, you deserve all the credit you receive after a sensational performance in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium against the famous Real Madrid, the real Danny Welbeck stood up, this was a statement to all those supporters who have questioned his performances and lack of goals.