The 2012-2013 season saw Manchester United depend solely on un-natural wingers like Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney.
This article is aimed at analysing and evaluating the value of United's top three wingers; Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia. All three are known to be wingers capable of more than what they have contributed to the team last season. The following is a broad analysis of all the players.
Transfer Fee Paid: £17.3m
Highlight: His 100th appearance against Chelsea drew comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Portugese being tipped to go on to be as good or even better.
Low: Last season's Champions League match against Real Madrid saw Nani controversially sent off, which arguably cost United the game.
Verdict: Nani is capable of more. He can run, dribble, score, head and most importantly, keep and hold the ball. Last season saw him shy away from the things he used to do best.
He still has got lots to prove and is able to provide the spark whenever the team needs one. A candidate that should stay. He loves United. The club should take him more seriously and answer his commitment with a new contract.
Transfer Fee Paid: (undisclosed) - around £17m
Highlight: Two spectacular goals against Arsenal in the 8-2 trashing. Probably the greatest indicator as to how dangerous and lethal Young can be at the top of his game.
Low: Despite his fast legs, Young is as fragile as a glass and is injury prone. This has limited his appearances in his two seasons at Old Trafford, in what otherwise could have helped him to develop into a better footballer.
Verdict: Last season was a bad one for Young. With Welbeck being stronger and faster, the manager found no reason to play Young.
Plus, with his injuries nagging him throughout the season,Young still has a lot to prove. He should head to the exit door when the time is right, unless he makes a change this season and shows the world what he is really capable of.
Transfer Fee Paid: (undisclosed) - around £16m
Highlight: The 2011-2012 season saw Valencia shine brighter than ever. He was speedy, strong and reliable. His goals against Wigan and Blackburn showed how good he really is. He was unstoppable that season.
Low: After being 'promoted' to becoming United's new number 7, Valencia has failed to live up to the standards he set in the previous season. He was, dare I say, the best among the worst, as United wingers were not playing as fluently as they used to in recent years. It was a mediocre season for Valencia.
Verdict: Being a number 7 at Old Trafford is never easy. Unfortunately, Valencia failed to live up to expectations last season. He admits himself that he hasn't reached the heights he set last season, but a string of strong performances at times like the sudden burst against Liverpool suggest that he is not done just yet.
Everybody knows what he is capable of. A traditional right-winger that needs to gain back his confidence in order to succeed at Old Trafford.
With Wilfried Zaha doing so well in pre-season, it's hard enough for David Moyes to select his wingers. The sad reality is of course with Zaha now in the picture, one of these three wingers will have to leave.
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