MUFO - United player overview
By Andrew Cuff
Thursday 06 Nov 2008 19:00:00
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With the competition increasing within the United camp it is quickly becoming a war between the new and the old. Ferguson and many supporters correctly adjudge United as having a nice mix of experience and talent.

The famous players who are and will become United Legends head towards retirement from active football, but what paths with they follow. Some may follow in the steps of Roy Keane and Ole Gunner Solskjaer in the management arena, both these former United players are likely to be competing for First team management in years to come; Keane currently managing Sunderland has already shown great potential as he has already taken Sunderland into the Premier League from the Championship and Solskjaer currently managing the United Reserves team has also shown how well he can develop youngsters and provide quality for the United First Team. These players may foller the paths of Gary Pallister and move into the media spotlight, these are but a few options for these Legends.

As many of the United squad age Ferguson searches for adequate replacements, no easy task when you consider what these players have achieved. Ryan Giggs who celebrates his 35th birthday later this month has played down the United left flank for the entirety of his career, joining United a year before the likes of Beckham, Keane, Neville brothers and Paul Scholes. The welshman has been occupying a more central role so far this season as Ferguson tries to balance the players in his team. Nani and Ronaldo could fill the role, though both are very attacking players whereas Giggs on the other hand was a hard worker, attacking one minute and in the blink of an eye could scamper back and defend all without breaking a sweat.

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Paul Scholes who is out for another 6 weeks after a knee injury during October. Scholes who played a vital part in United's '99 victory has been so very important in keeping United togetehr from the midfield as they bring new talents together to shape the future of United. Scholes has often been labelled the quiet worker in the midfield, though who can balme him when you have played alongside Roy Keane, the hardest tackler and loudest arguer. Scholes is likely to play another season or two for United, though as with Giggs and Neville I expect he will see a decline in the number of games he participates in.

United have seen the arrival of many potential stars, like Anderson, Rooney, Nani and Ronaldo, to mention just the younger generation of players entering the United squad. Ferguson has also brought in 27 year old Berbatov and hopefully will complete a permanent deal for Tevez the 24 year old stiker. The battle for midfield positions has hightened with Fletcher proving himself, Scholes and Giggs (when match fit), Anderson, Nani, Ronaldo, Carrick and Hargreaves when he returns from injury. The depth of the United midfield has started to show its extensive value with the injuries fo Scholes, Hargreaves and Carrick of late; thankfully Carrick has shown he is fit to compete again though still needs to be nursed back to full match fitness after only playing one game this season.

From the youth squad United see the Da Silva brother Rafael, who has already proved his talents, and Fabio, yet to see a first team match, alongside Possebon. Not to mention the talent in the United goal, with Van Der Sar, Kuszczak and Foster all gunning for the Number One shirt.

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