United Loaded with Fire Power
Manchester United have seen plenty of strike pairing over the years, most of them producing the goods for the club that has propelled The Red Devils to become one of the top sides in the world. The likes of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole, Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez with Cristiano Ronaldo operating from behind have all been successful in bringing silverware to the club. And perhaps United have struck the gold mine with the capture of Robin van Persie and although he hasn’t had much game time with Wayne Rooney, the little time that they have had might just be enough for all to be wary of perhaps the most deadliest strike force in the this year’s English Premier League.
with almost 70 odd goals between them in the last season, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie can form the most devastating strike partnership in the history of the English Premier League. When United announced the signing of RvP from Arsenal at the beginning of the season, many people had predicted that it would be the end of Wayne Rooney’s time at the club. However, that has not been the case and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to unleash these two deadly strikers when the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal come face to face with them.
And not only that, United have Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Danny Welbeck on the bench, ready to come on at any time. With the abundance of riches that Manchester United possesses, many clubs can be extremely worried about the score line when they face United. Sir Alex has come out many times saying that the current crop of strikers that he has at his disposal is comparable to the strike force that he had during their treble winning season of 1999, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham providing more than adequate cover for Yorke and Cole, who were the regular starters.
But that is still, all on paper, as United have had to break their sweat to beat the likes of Fulham and Southampton in the English Premier League and Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League. It only goes to show that the team needs plenty of time to gel and in order to do that, United need to play both their star strikers up front and stay with the traditional 4-4-2 system instead of deploying a lone striker in RvP and Rooney in the hole in the 4-2-2-1-1 system.
Maybe that would mean the club’s new Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa would have to play on the left side of the midfield but that too, wouldn’t be bad because the midfielder made a name for himself playing there before switching over to the playmaker role. United play Tottenham Hotspur in the League at home next and both RvP and Rooney are expected to make the starting lineup for the match and that means very bad news for the Spurs defense.