The following ratings are based on several factors including the following:
-How much was expected of the player beforehand and their importance to the team.
– How well they played throughout the season.
– Consistency in their performances.
– How much they improved during the season.
21) Rafael Da Silva – After losing his spot in the starting line up to his twin brother at the end of last season, his continuous injury troubles and with the addition of Phil Jones to the squad it was always going to be difficult for Rafael to get a consistent run in at the right back spot. When he did feature however Rafael was more than impressive. He seems to have become much more temperamental with his tackling and wiser with his positioning. He did have a few lapses in concentration throughout the season but let’s not forget just how young the boy is. He’ll have plenty of time to get better and the increased competition in the defensive department will only encourage him to work harder for next season. 6
22) Paul Scholes – There really isn’t much to say about Paul Scholes that has not been said already. A year ago when he’d announced his retirement a lot of people had him written down as officially over and far from his best. The fact that Scholes managed to walk into the United team after 6 months away from football, and for him to completely turn their season around speaks volumes of just how impressive he has been. Having Scholes from the start of next season will make a massive difference to this United side. 9
23) Tom Cleverley – Yet another youngster touted to reach massive heights at Old Trafford, Cleverely looked all set to fulfil our ridiculously high expectations until an injury ruined his season. His sharp touch, intricate dribbling and eagle-like vision quickly made him a fans favourite but once sidelined, Tom found it very difficult to find that initial patch of form that saw the likes of Arsenal and Spurs torn to shreds. Expect more from him next season. 6
24) Darren Fletcher – Our favourite football genius was once again sidelined at the start of the season till it was revealed to us by Sir Alex that Darren had been suffering from a nasty illness which had been causing him problems over the last few years. Having read up on the disease, I fear we may never see Fletcher play for us again. Let’s hope for the best though and wish him a quick recovery because a fit Darren Fletcher is a massive asset to any team. 5
25) Antonio Valencia – Voted United’s player of the season, Valencia confirmed to is all that he is up there with the best wingers in the world. His raw pace, deadly shots and crosses made him a real chore to deal with by opposition players throughout the campaign. His goal against Blackburn will be remembered by many as their favourite moment of last season. 9
34) Anders Lindegaard – Having played second fiddle to De Gea, chances were going to come very rarely for Anders and so it was vital he ensured he took each and every one of those opportunity that came his way. He did exactly that all be it against relatively weak opposition. Still, it’s great knowing we have a viable option at the back should anything happen to David. 7