Manchester United: Underrated players of 2012/13

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Another fantastic season saw Manchester United win the Premier League trophy in Sir Alex Ferguson's last season as manager, but not all players got the praise they deserved for their performances.

We look at some of the players that we believe are underrated at Old Trafford.

Jonny Evans

The Northern Ireland international came into the team early in the season when captain Nemanja Vidic got injured - and he did a fantastic job.

Evans created a partnership with Rio Ferdinand and also got on the scoresheet a few times. He could easily play for any of the top teams in Europe but when Ferdinand and Vidc are available, Evans can't always get in the team. But when he was called upon he delivered.

Michael Carrick

Here you have a player who Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said could play for Barcelona. He has fantastic passing ability and was an ever-present in the Manchester United team last season. Yet many fans simply don't rate the England international. The players at Old Trafford do, though, as he was named Players' Player of the Year by his team-mates. 

Danny Welbeck

As a striker, Welbeck didn't deliver last season. He has already come out and said he wants to score more goals next season. But he spent most of the season playing on the wing.

Robin van Persie's form meant Welbeck had to do a job tracking back, but he did the job that was asked of him and did it well.

One of his best games came in at the Bernabau against Real Madrid. He worked hard all over the pitch, tracking back and also got an important away goal.

When he has played upfront he has shown a threat, and if David Moyes decides to play Welbeck more and in his favoured position, he will get the goals.

Wayne Rooney

He might not have enjoyed his best season, but Rooney had several injuries and played out of position most of the time - yet he still delivered goals and assists. He has shown that he can score even when playing in midfield.

Next season we could see the best of Rooney, as I'm sure David Moyes will want to keep him. Moyes is also expected to bring in a midfielder or two - and with some real quality behind Rooney, and playing along side Van Persie, we could see one of Europe's top strikers hitting top form again.


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