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[SEASON RATINGS]: How Man Utd’s Forwards Rated In 2010/11

In the final installment of a four-part series, The United Religion rates how each of Manchester United forward’s contributed to the success of the club during the 2010/11 season.

Despite losing their final game of the season, it was a very successful campaign as the Reds won the FA Community Shield; Quarterfinalists of the Carling Cup; Semifinalists of the FA Cup; Runners-up in the UEFA Champions League and, most importantly, they became Champions of the Barclays Premier League for the 19th time.

United led the Premier League with 78 goals scored, but they also tallied a further 33 in other competitions this season, and here is how each striker rated.

Dimitar Berbatov – 8

A lot of fans never appreciated his worth until this season and Dimitar showed the world what he is capable of by winning the Barclays Premier League’s Golden Boot Award, scoring 20 goals. Berbatov etched his name in the United record books and the supporters’ memories by notching a hat-trick against Liverpool, but he also registered two more treble later in the season, including five against Blackburn. Although he only made two starts in the last 20 games, Berbatov still featured 42 times for the club this season – keeping a 0.50 goals-to-game ratio.

Javier Hernandez – 8.5

Nobody knew what to expect, if anything, from Javier, but yet all he did was score 20 goals in his debut season. A shock 6 million signing from Mexico, Hernandez went for the world of the unknown to a world renowned finisher in just nine short months. Chicharito, as most people call him, scored so many timely goals that proved pivotal in the destination of this year’s trophy, but it also landed him the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award.

Federico Macheda – 5

The 19-year old Italian has quickly become the forgotten forward amongst those at Old Trafford, but Federico served his purpose before going out on loan. Macheda scored a thunderous effort against Aston Villa back in November, which started their dramatic comeback. However, his other 11 appearances did not offer all that much, which is why Sir Alex allowed him to go to Sampdoria on loan for the second half of the season, in hopes to gain valuable first team experience.

Michael Owen – 5

To every United supporter’s satisfaction, Michael earned his first Premier League winners’ medal in his second season with the club – after he failed to achieve that same feat in his eight years with Liverpool. Due to his inability to stay healthy, Owen only made 16 appearances this season, but he did, however, score five goals in those matches.

Wayne Rooney – 8

A tale of two seasons would be the best way to describe Wayne’s topsy-turvy time this year. After sorting his head out and performing a dramatic u-turn over his highly-talked about contract dispute, Rooney came back into good graces with most of the United supporters. Not only did he score that cracking goal to win the derby, but Rooney scored some other important goals for the club including the decisive penalty that won determined the outcome of the Premier League title and three away goals in each the quarterfinal, semifinal and final of the Champions League. In all, Rooney tallied 16 goals in 40 games for United this season.

Even though Manchester United did not win the lot of trophies again, Sir Alex Ferguson had four top goal scorers at his disposal in 2010/11 that scored 63 goals amongst them.

Submitted by The United Religion




  1. timbo

    June 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Rooney an 8? you must be joking, or have an extremely impaired memory.

    For the first half of the season the guy was a wreck, both as a player and away from the pitch, and only got continued playing time because of the double standard Fergie employs where his favourites are concerned. Rremember, this is the same manager who dumped berbatov to the bench by claiming that Chicharito’s form couldn’t be ignored – if that was the case, why didn’t Rooney get dumped in favor of the Berbatov/Hernandez partnership that showed so much promise early in the season?

    This same player, need anyone be reminded, held the club hostage with his contract demands regarding money, personel, etc. To boot, he embroiled the club repeatedly with his hot-headed displays on the field that backfired so severely on the club via the infamous elbow incident and the foul language charge – then added to it all by p[physically threatening a disgruntled fan via Twitter.

    Finally, United lost the final against Barcelona because of Rooney’s inability to play well as a solo striker against quality defenses. Handing him a strike partner, and dropping him into his favoured deep lying role in a 4-4-1-1 formation, stripped the midfield of much needed help against Xavi, Iniesta, and Busquets, who ran riot against a United team and manager that never learned the lessons of the previous final. Sure Rooney scored a goal, but need I point out that Barcelona put three past United while Fergie fell for the three card trick of playing to Barca’s strength while pandering to Rooney’s needs?

    As a player Rooney probably rated no more than a 5 if one takes the whole season into account. He should probably be rated at zero for his disruptive, self centred, and loutish behaviour on the pitch, particularly when it must be patently clear to others, particularly players like Berbatov, that there are rules for some and rules for others. Given the disgusting behaviour regarding his pregnant wife, and the way he tried holding the club hostage, the club would be best served by getting rid of the over-rated lout.

    Finally, the much-lauded goal against City didn’t deserve anything like the consideration it received. It was pure arse, coming off his shin rather than his foot, and could have gone anywhere – or all the class shown in the shot, it may as well have gone in off his arse!

    • dreazy

      June 27, 2011 at 12:08 am

      @ timbo, if you dont have anything to say, and only wanna pick on rooney cos you’re a rival fan, pls SHUT UP!!!!!
      The goal he scored against City, you should try scoring that…

  2. Parker

    June 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    So, it wasn’t a good goal at all? The anticipation, perfect timing, incredible athleticism, technique and knowledge of where the goal was was all a fluke? And it was actually not that important of a match where the next goal would decide the course of the title?


  3. chi

    June 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    sorry my english is poor..rooney deserve it..well he not scoring a lot goal.but he always help in midfield. as a striker he may not deserve 8 rating.but as player he deserve it. let say we put berba/chicarito as 2 front man.but this 2 rarely helping in defend. and in second half of season his got his goal touch. what u want from a striker that can defend well and score important goal?
    dont blame rooney in final CL.even real madrid that full of star was toying by barca.what MU lack is a hard tackle player like Hargreaves.remember MU did beat barca before go to final?

  4. Wba16

    June 26, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Rooney was still one of your best players even when he was shit, he just became a really good midfielder rather than a really good striker.

    He’s one of your most incisive passers apart from Scholes and plays a one touch sort of game that makes the team work.

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