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Manchester United Player Power Rankings November 1-24

Manchester United played their first good game in a couple of weeks to beat West Brom 2-0, thanks to a goal from Jesse Lingard and a penalty from Juan Mata. They also secured a late 2-1 win against Watford. The game also represented United’s 5th clean sheet in a row, and that’s reflected in the latest version of the rankings.


The only rule to qualify for the action is that set player has to have played at least 10 games so far. Ranking tiers indicate players’ ability to move in the coming weeks. A player can move a maximum of 1 point in the ranking tiers (they are NOT ratings).

Antonio Valencia, RB, 10 apps

Last Week: 11 Change: -5! Ranking Tier: 4.5

Antonio Valencia didn’t appear in either match due to injury. Ashley Young may pass him in the RB pecking order, and he’ll fall out of the list because he’s out for 3 months.

15. Marouane Fellaini, CDM/CAM/ST, 12 apps

Last Week: 10 Change: -5 Ranking Tier: 5

Marouane Fellaini appeared as a substitute against Moscow, and looked very poor. He missed the West Brom game due to a minor knock, as well as the Watford game.

14. Marcos Rojo, CB/LB, 10 apps

Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Ranking Tier: 5.5

Marcos Rojo is a new entry to the list, as he played very well and made the appearance count. He did concede a penalty that almost lost United the 3 points against Watford, but he’s been a good backup to Shaw overall.

  1. Wayne Rooney, CAM/ST, 19 apps

Last Week: 13 Change: 0 Ranking Tier: 5.5

Rooney scored and played well against CSKA Moscow, but he was poor against West Brom and didn’t play against Watford.

  1. Michael Carrick, CDM, 14 apps

Last Week 15 Change: +3 Ranking Tier: 5.5

Michael Carrick was one of United’s best players against CSKA Moscow, starting off the goal with a great pass. He wasn’t as influential against West Brom, but he still looked good. He injured his ankle playing for England, so he should be out for a while.

  1. Memphis, AM, 17 apps

Last Week: 12 Change: +1 Ranking Tier: 6

Memphis made a substitute appearance against CSKA Moscow but it was too late to make an impact. He did not appear against WBA. His hopes should be up, though, because he scored an excellent volley against Watford.

  1. Ashley Young, Wide, 14 apps

Last Week: 14 Change: +4! Ranking Tier: 6

Ashley Young started all three games at right back, and, though he didn’t do anything wrong, he didn’t influence any of the games. Nevertheless, it’s 3 games and 2 clean sheets for the defender.

Wayne Rooney scored the winner against CSKA Moscow, but he failed to make any sort of impact against West Brom and missed the game against Watford due to illness.

  1. Matteo Darmian, Fullback, 17 apps

Last Week: 6 Change: -3 Ranking Tier: 6.5

Matteo Darmian was benched for Ashley Young after a poor performance against Palace. He had too many yellow cards, so he served his suspension against West Brom and missed the game against Watford.

  1. Daley Blind, CB/LB, 19 apps

Last Week: 9 Change: +1 Ranking Tier: 7.5

Daley Blind played 2 games at centre-back and 1 at left-back, and he was excellent in all 3.

  1. Ander Herrera, Midfielder, 13 apps

Last Week: 8 Change: +1 Ranking Tier: 7.5

Ander Herrera did not appear against CSKA Moscow, and he made a substitute appearance against West Brom, and within 10 minutes he was indirectly involved in a goal, helping Anthony Martial win a penalty. He also got an assist in the 25 minutes he played against Watford with an excellent cross.

  1. Morgan Schneiderlin, CDM, 14 apps

Last Week: 4 Change: -2 Ranking Tier: 8

Morgan Schneiderlin picked up a minor illness after the Crystal Palace game, and didn’t play either game before getting 6 interceptions against Watford. He’s been great, but not as influencing as de Gea.

  1. David de Gea, GK, 13 apps

Last Week: 5 Change: 0 Ranking Tier: 8.5

David de Gea started all the games and kept 2 clean sheets, and in the 3rd game he won man of the match against Watford.

  1. Bastian Schweinsteiger, CDM, 19 apps

Last Week: 7 Change: +3 Ranking Tier: 8.5

Bastian Schweinsteiger played 2 fantastic games for United, providing a vital influence in both matches. He was instrumental in both games to all of United’s play, controlling the game in good fashion.

  1. Juan Mata, AM, 18 apps

Last Week: 3 Change: 0 Ranking Tier: 8.5

Juan Mata played both matches and looked good in both, and his controlling influence continues. He even buried a penalty in convincing fashion. Mata is doing a great job this season.

  1. Anthony Martial, Forward, 14 apps

Last Week: 2 Change: 0 Ranking Tier: 8.5

Anthony Martial was marked out against Moscow, but he did very well against West Brom. He was heavily involved in both goals, winning the penalty for Juan Mata and crossing the ball that was cleared for Lingard’s goal. He missed the Watford game with an injury.

  1. Chris Smalling, CB, 20 apps


Last Week: 1 Change: 0 Ranking Tier: 11

2 weeks, 2 clean sheets, 2 physical striker shutouts, and it’s another solid one for Chris Smalling. He’s played every game for United this season and hasn’t put a foot wrong.



Power Ranking Manchester United Players October 31: Young Rises, Shaw Exits

Manchester United was truly and totally poor at Selhurst Park, earning their 3rd straight 0-0 draw after losing on penalties to Middlesbrough in the midweek. Wayne Rooney continues to miss chances and the base 6 are picking up the right pieces, but there’s nothing more to it! Here’s the weekly update on the rankings.


Power Ranking Manchester United Players 3.0: Top 5 Changes

Manchester United’s midfield masterclass ensured they dominated City, but it turns out playing an entire last 45 in the opposition half at home doesn’t guarantee a goal. Joe Hart denied Chris Smalling from an amazing opportunity, while Jesse Lingard hit the crossbar to keep the game 0-0. Here’s the updates to the United Player Power Rankings.

Note: City played like a little team that wanted to frustrate historical giants in their backyard. They played 3 holding midfielders, and Wilfried Bony was basically a midfielder. Also, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones haven’t yet played enough games to get onto the list but they were wonderful on the day.


Power Ranking Manchester United Players 2.0

Manchester United played it safe and earned a 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow in Russia. The Russian side can beat most of the best on their day at home, so a draw should put them in a good place going into the second half of the group stages. Here’s an update on the weekly stacking of Manchester United players.


Manchester United Player Power Rankings

Power Rankings are a way to examine the form of many different participants in any given competition, but perhaps a competition that isn’t a competition is just as important. To think about how footballers within a team stand out is interesting, especially if the team is as varied and balanced in talent as Manchester United. You don’t need a genius to tell you that Messi and Ronaldo are the best players for their respective teams, but who tops the charts for Manchester United?


Manchester United Transfer News: Fantastic Friday

News feeds in Germany, Italy and England erupted with special news regarding Manchester United in the transfer market. Italian papers confirmed Matteo Darmian flying to England, where Louis van Gaal stated in Memphis Depay’s unveiling that Darmian would be arriving at Carrington for a medical. Meanwhile, in Germany, Bild reported an astounding deal involving Manchester United and Bastian Schweinsteiger, also reported by very reliable German sources in the country. Both signings would be amazing for United as they plan an assault on Chelsea at the summit of the Premier League table next year.

An amazing day for United fans begun with Depay’s presser, really an interesting one. Depay was able to sound ambitious and determined without being arrogant as he stated that the club should be able to win trophies and challenge on all fronts. After that, minutes later, Louis Van Gaal confirmed Darmian’s arrival at Old Trafford subject to a medical. It’s fair to say he’s arriving given that medicals can almost never fail (Falcao passed one).

Finally, Bastian Schweinsteiger looks set to come in to Manchester United’s ranks and take the Premier League by storm. The 31 year old will sign a 3 year deal and will cost the Red Devils 14 million. Likely to step in next to Ander Herrera if he comes in now, Bastian Schweinsteiger will provide depth for Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera, should either get injured. His versatility allows him to play in either CDM or CM positions.

Schweinsteiger offers a recovery for all the experience lost with the apparent sale of van Persie, in a position where talent is scarce within the squad. Schweinsteiger showing up to Bayern’s unveiling tomorrow will mean the deal is a lie, so we should know for sure by tomorrow.

Matteo Darmian is also a fantastic, versatile signing. Solving the right back problems is huge for Louis van Gaal as it was the main reason for defensive errors last season. Rafael was the weak link before Antonio Valencia jumped in, though that made it worse. Darmian can also play left back and even centre back, though questions will be asked of his physicality in that position in the EPL. Darmian is tireless and can get from byline to byline. Ideally he’d be a world class crosser for the United tactics but Darmian is still 25 and has time to develop attributes.

A high level cross would solidify his status as one of the best right-backs in the world and maybe even the best given Dani Alves and Zabaleta look ready to decline and Philipp Lahm is playing in midfield. Lining up on the right side of defence, Darmian even compliments the age trend of 24-27 at United, given that in the first XI, David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata also fit in.

Louis van Gaal looks set to dip into the market for 2-3 more players. Reports in England by the Guardian and the Metro say that Louis van Gaal wants to sign Morgan Schneiderlin before the team flies out to the US for the preseason tour. Schneiderlin would be a phenomenal addition, as stated in yesterday’s article. He’s developed into a world class player in recent years. In addition, with his addition, United would select between the following for their potential midfield 5: Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Mata, Di Maria, Depay, Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj, Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard. That’s 11 able players for 5 positions and worst case Wayne Rooney can be asked to play there.

United will also seemingly splash on a centre-back to fill the numbers. Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Ramos seem to be the most likely options, probably the former seeing as David de Gea looks ready for one more season at United.

Manchester United is slowly gaining the look of a title winning team. So far, their best XI with Schweinsteiger and Darmian is intriguing.

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“Full Time Devils 150m To Spend: Who Would You Buy?”

Two weeks have passed since Sam Homewood, Stephen Howson, Ian Smith and Adam Sweeney of Full Time Devils completed a challenge in a Skype special. Each of the latter three were given the handy task of creating the best transfer market possible from 150 million pounds for Manchester United.

Though the three of them, particularly Adam Sweeney, displayed great hypothetical transfer windows for Manchester United, the video showed me more than anything that this idea holds the potential to make a very good, insightful window for worldwide United fans, bored of watching David de Gea and Sergio Ramos in circles while Ed Woodward and Florentino Perez engage in a financial joust. Long story short, I’m having my own go at this. (more…)