So after narrowing missing out on the title on GD, what can United do this time around? Last season saw Rooney score 27 league goals, propelling him to essential status, though his poor away form worried countless FPL managers. They also produced 2 major FPL revelations. Winger Antonio Valencia started off at 7.5, and quickly began to produce great returns, having his best goalscoring season yet, and turning into an assist machine for Rooney. In the absence of Vidic there was a true FPL bargain on hand as Jonny Evans, who started off at 4.5 quickly nailed down a slot in the United defence, and in most people’s FPL teams. So what are the prospects for this season?
At 6 million, many have jumped on board and purchased United number 1 David De Gea. Seen as snip at that price in a defence that will likely improve on last season he has seen plenty of investment so far with many choosing to pair him with Reading’s Federici to cover of the DGW and give a good option when United have tough fixtures, or Fergie decides to give Lindegaard a run out. Elsewhere, with a price of 7 million many have turned their backs on fit-again skipper Nemanja Vidic. However he offers the most nailed-on route into the backline, provides a goal threat, and with plenty of tackles, blocks and clearances likely to be forthcoming, he could be a magnet for BPs in tight games. Also nailed on, at least for now, is Patrice Evra, also priced at 7, though his returns have diminished over the last couple of years, and if United buy a lb he could become a rotation risk. At 5.5 million Rafael presents an interesting prospect. If he can nail down a regular start at rb his attacking threat makes him a huge bargain. However with Phil Jones, and soon Chris Smalling also in contention for that slot, question marks still surround how nailed-on he is.
Priced at 9 million Valencia and Nani would appear to offer the best route into United’s midfield, though Valencia would appear to be the more nailed on. He is more consistent but less explosive than Nani and is the safe option in the United midfield. But if Nani can start to add consistency of points (i.e 5s and 6s instead of 2s and 3s) to go alongside his more explosive potential he could become a huge FPL force. Elsewhere, new boy Shinji Kagawa comes in at 8.5. Likely to be United’s most advanced central midfield he is set for plenty of investment, though many are adopting a wait and see approach to this one. The only other United mid worth considering maybe Ashley Young, also at 8.5, who offers a decent goal threat and the odd set-piece, but he may well be behind Nani in the pecking order. No other options in the United midfield are worth considering at this point in time.
Only one option for me here. Rooney. He will be the main man, the guy who leads the guy and takes the scoring load. Plus he is on penalties and takes some free-kicks and corners. 27 goals last season showed his potential, the addition of Kagawa and further improvement from Valencia should see that increase. If United go, as many predict with a 4-4-1-1 formation then Rooney has to the man at the top. Welbeck and Hernandez will compete to be the first choice sub (possibly to replace Kagawa at least early on) but I would not consider either for a while yet. Don’t even touch Berbatov whilst he’s still a United player.
Best FPL Prospects
De Gea, Vidic, Valencia, Rooney
Rafael, Nani, Kagawa