Is there still a role for this local lad at Manchester United?


Manchester United have the most feared strike force in the Premier League and one of the best in Europe. Sir Alex Ferguson is somewhat obsessive when it comes to accruing the best strikers in world football and has amassed a supremely talented troop of forwards this season.

Indeed, I’d argue that it’s this dominance in such an important area of the pitch that makes Manchester United favourites for the title this year. Whilst the midfield is beginning to look a little old and creaky and the defence a little lackluster, United’s forward line is winning games. Manchester City must surely look at Fergie’s options and wonder how their attack isn’t as effective, despite the money available to them.

Just consider: Sir Alex has access to £24m man Robin Van Persie, a technically gifted, intelligent forward who just so happens to be one of the best finishers in world football. Then there’s Wayne Rooney, whose passion, guile and sheer force of nature make him a threat for any opposition team.

Javier Hernandez has also established himself as an important part of the Manchester United jigsaw this season. His movement, agility and eye for goal have saved the Red Devils on a number of occasions already this season.

All three players could walk into any team in world football. Fergie is clearly spoilt for choice and I haven’t even mentioned Danny Welbeck yet. Sir Alex has already noted that the young Englishman’s opportunities have been limited this season:

“It’s difficult for me (to leave Welbeck out),” Ferguson said. Robin van Persie has come in, we’ve got Wayne Rooney. You tend to rely on the experience of these players.

“He can still provide a certain type of threat from that position and he’s done that many times over the years. But I think he’s a natural centre-forward and he will get opportunities. He has shown with his form for England that he can be a real asset to us through the middle. He’s a good goal threat.” (Source: Sky Sports).

I do confess to feeling a little sorry for Welbeck. He’s a local lad with a great attitude and some clear talent. He’d be a major part of the first team for pretty much any other Premier League side. As it is, however, he’s been sidelined.

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