David De Gea
So Fergie has been proved right once again. The Spanish kid who had some dodgy moments (although that mistake at Tottenham was grossly exaggerated) has evolved in to the Premier League’s best goalkeeper. Only problem now is keeping hold of him when Real Madrid and Barcelona inevitably come calling.
United’s most improved player this season. Always an attacking threat, witness those stunning goals at QPR and Liverpool, he is now wiser and less rash in defence as well. Keep this up and he should be United’s right-back for the next decade.
I’m still not convinced. If he played for another side would you covet him, would you want to see him in a United shirt? I wouldn’t. And yet he is always a solid, if unspectacular, presence in the centre of defence.
A United legend, who can still be a commanding presence in the centre of defence, and yet the question needs to be asked: Has he really been the same player since that long injury lay-off? I sense he hasn’t, and could be past his very best now.
I winced when Ferguson said he could be United’s greatest ever player. He’s good, very good, but has done nothing yet to prove he could get anywhere close to that revered status. Might be best to eventually move him back in to central defence.
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will have to wait their turn because Rio Ferdinand is going nowhere, especially after enjoying arguably his best ever season at United. Getting better with age.
Maybe all those Leighton Baines rumours last summer did the job for this season Evra was almost back to his 2007-2009 best. One of United’s finest ever full-backs, but this might have been his last season if David Moyes ironically now bring Baines with him.
Sam writes for FourFourTwo and is responsible for the excellent Best XI Manchester United book
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