What Is Man Utd’s Best XI For The 2010-11 Season?

Ollie Irish

16th, August 2010

37 Comments

By Alex Netherton

“These wasps taste terrific.”

Alex Ferguson is essentially a coward in the big games nowadays, and last year didn’t have the squad or the assistant manager to play 4-2-3-1 throughout the season. Here I’m assuming that all the players can cope with going back to the 2006-2008 tactics.

The formation: Having stupidly and stubbornly refused to see the good points of 4-2-3-1 at the start of the Queiroz era, I missed it like a dead brother whenever we strayed last season. So, 4-2-3-1 it is. Purely for novelty value, I’m going to put in Rafael, who probably won’t get picked quite so much now that O’Shit and Brown are back.

The line-up:

Edwin Van der Sar

Rafael – Nemanja Vidic – Jonny Evans –  Patrick Evra (c)

Darren Fletcher – Paul Scholes

Antonio Valencia – Ji -Sung Park – Nani

Wayne Rooney

I’ve dropped Ferdinand because I reckon, like Michael Owen, he’s not long for this world. It’s the glue factory for them both at the end of the year. Chris Smalling just looks terrified at the moment, so Jonny Evans is chosen with Nemanja Vidic.

I’ve weighed it up over this summer: Michael Carrick is dead to me, and will be given his inevitable train ticket to Sunderland sooner rather than later. The only oddish selection would be Ji-Sung Park. I think in a slow midfield of Scholes and Fletcher, a little pace is needed to help out defensively, and despite getting a nosebleed whenever he’s trying to score, with him the midfield would actually create a few chances.

Now let’s hear your XIs…

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37 Comments

  1. Eddy says:

    VDS

    Rafael Vidic Evans Evra

    Fletcher Carrick

    Valencia Berba Nani

    Rooney

  2. Nick says:

    VDS
    O’Shea, Vidic, Ferdinand/Evans, Evra
    Fletcher, Scholes
    Nani, Valencia
    Rooney, Berbatov/Hernandez

  3. Red and only red says:

    Edwin Van der Sar

    Rafael – Nemanja Vidic(c)– Jonny Evans – Patrick Evra

    Antonio Valencia – Darren Fletcher – Paul Scholes– Nani

    Wayne Rooney – Macheda

  4. Matt says:

    I agree with the selection, but for experience id take out Rafael and put in Brown, he does a good job at right back. Other than that, spot on. Personally i feel his starting XI will be VDS, O’Shea, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Scholes, Fletcher, Nani, Rooney and Berbatov. Bench: Hernandez, Rafael, Giggs, Kuszczak, Carrick, Smalling

  5. ruban raj says:

    VDS
    Rafael Evans Vidic Fabio
    Valencia Fletcher Nani
    Rooney
    Berbatov Hernandez

  6. FJ says:

    VDS
    O’Shea – Vidic – Evans – Evra
    Fletcher – Scholes
    Valencia Nani
    Giggs
    Rooney

  7. whiteside says:

    you are clueless

  8. Ben says:

    VDS
    Rafael,Vidic,Evans,Evra
    Fletcher,Scholes
    Nani,Valencia
    Rooney, Hernandez

  9. Jd says:

    VDS

    Rafael Vidic Evans Evra

    Valencia Scholes Fletcher Nani

    Rooney
    Chicharito or Berbatov

  10. fletch says:

    VDS
    O’Shea, Vidic, Smalling, Evra
    Fletcher, Scholes,Giggs, Valencia

    Rooney, Hernandez

  11. Matteo says:

    VDS
    Rafael,vidic,rio,evra
    nani/valencia,carrick,scholes/fletcher,giggs
    Rooney,Chicharito

  12. Anonymous says:

    VDS
    Rafael Vidic Evans Evra
    Valencia , Fletcher , Giggs, Nani
    Rooney/Berbatov Hernandez

  13. Anonymous says:

    Van Der Sar
    Rafael Vidic J . Evans Patrice Evra

    Carrick

    Valencia Fletcher Nani

    Rooney Hernandez (Chicha)

    Subs. Kuszczak, Scholes, Giggs, Fabio, Gibson, Berbatov, Owen, Rio, Neville, Park, Bebe,

  14. Adam Williams says:

    Van Der Sar

    Rafael Evans Vidic Evra

    Fletcher Scholes

    Valencia Gibson Nani

    Rooney

  15. Adam Sweeney says:

    VDS
    Rafael Vidic Rio Evra
    Valenica Fletecher Nani
    Rooney
    Berbatov Chicarito

    I can’t see many XI’s having Park i it – he wouldn’t make any of the top 6 squads – fact

  16. gray says:

    play a simple 4-4-1-1 Van der sar, rafael, vidic, ferdinand, evra, fletcher, carrick, nani, valencia, rooney, hernandez.

  17. Ben Dover says:

    I think Wayne Rooney would be a goalscoring Roy Keane in midfield!

    VDS

    Rafa Smalling Vidic Evra

    Valencia Fletcher Rooney Nani

    Berba Hernandez

  18. TRUEdoo says:

    carrick’s gotta go…fo sho

  19. Kael says:

    Van Der Sar
    Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra
    Valencia, Fletcher, Scholes, Nani
    Rooney, Chicharito

  20. Donner Meat says:

    Carrick was definatly United’s worst player last year.

  21. me says:

    Kuczak
    Neville-Smalling-O’Shea-Fabio
    Park-Carrick-Scholes-Giggs
    Berbatov-Owen

  22. Hamsy says:

    VDS

    Rafael Vidic Evans Evra

    Valencia-Fletcher-Scholes-Nani

    Rooney-Hernandez

  23. sean says:

    VDS

    Brown-Vidic-Rio/Evans-Evra

    Fletch-Scholes-Carrik

    Valencia-Rooney-Nani

  24. block says:

    VDS
    o shea-vidic-rio-evra
    valencia-fletch-ando-scholes-nani
    rooney

  25. Buka says:

    Kuszczak

    Rafael-Vidic-Evans(or Smalling)-Evra (c)

    Scholesy-Fletch

    Valencia-Roo-Sir Ryan
    Chichiarito-DimiBerba

  26. alex says:

    Buka,

    Isn’t that 12?

  27. IM A G says:

    VDS
    RAFAEL, VIDIC, EVANS, EVRA
    VALENCIA, SCHOLES, FLETCHER, NANI
    ROONEY, CHICHARITO

    OR

    VDS
    RAFAEL, VIDIC, EVANS, EVRA
    SCHOLES, FLETCHER
    VALENCIA, ROONEY/JI PARK SUNG, NANI
    CHICHARITO/ROONEY

    (ROONEY WILL PLAY, IT JUST DEPENDS WHERE)

  28. Gilly says:

    Van der Sar

    Rafael
    Evans
    Vidic
    Evra

    Scholes
    Fletcher

    Valencia
    Rooney
    Nani

    Berbatov

    Subs:
    Kuszczak
    Fabio
    Ferdinand
    Carrick
    Giggs
    Macheda
    Hernandez

  29. J says:

    Adam Sweeney (and everyone else who haven’t picked Jisung) you are clueless. Park is one of the most team-players playing in the high level of football nowadays. besides he’s skilled and possesses an amazing pace (which he uses also to defend), and always keeping an eye for the brilliant through pass. a must starter for almost any team (perhaps besides only barça).

  30. Amos (20)

    Rafael (20) Smalling (20) Evans (22) Fabio (20)

    Nani (23) Anderson (22) Obertan (21)

    Rooney (24) Bebe (20)

    Chicharito (22)

    Manager : Solskjaer

  31. Amos (20)

    Rafael (20) Smalling (20) Evans (22) Fabio (20)

    Nani (23) Anderson (22) Obertan (21)

    Rooney (24) Bebe (20)

    Chicharito (22)

    Manager : Solskjaer (37)

  32. Utdfan says:

    VDS/Thomaz K
    Rafael/O’Shea Vidic Smalling/Evans Fabio/Evra

    Fletcher/Carrick/Scholes
    Nani/Valencia Park/Gibson Rooney/Berbatov Cleverly/Giggs

    Macheda/Hernandez

    However; feel that SAF/Ass Mgr & coaching staff too scared to field this formation; although they say otherwise, they don’t seem to trust the youngsters especially in BIG games, and in these games is where they need the speed and youth to overcome the faster pace of the bigger teams.

    Rooney is no good at holding up the ball and distribution is lousy; but full of energy so playing behind the lone striker adds more effectiveness to his game and for the team.

  33. Kjell Ackermann says:

    Kuszczak
    G.Neville Smalling Brown O’shea
    Obertan Giggs Anderson Park
    Gibson
    Berbatov

  34. Anon says:

    Van Der Sar
    Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra
    Valencia, Fletcher, Defour, Nani
    Rooney, Chicharito

  35. Anonymous says:

    refael vidic evens evra
    valencia fletcher scholes
    rooney chicharito/macheda

  36. alex says:

    Edwin Van der Sar

    Rafael – Nemanja Vidic – Rio Ferdinand – Patrick Evra (c)

    Darren Fletcher – Paul Scholes

    Antonio Valencia – Wayne Rooney – Nani

    Berbatov

  37. Gilly says:

    Vandersar

    Rafael
    Evans
    Vidic
    Evra

    Scholes
    Fletcher

    Rooney

    Valencia
    Hernandez
    Nani

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