Manchester United 2014/15: Season Review (Part 3)

The season is over, the players will shortly be on their holidays and preseason will be upon us once again within no time. In part 3 of our Season Review, lets take a look at how the team performed on an individual level.

1. David de Gea
Almost an ever present, only an injury in the penultimate game robbed him that honour. Made some superb saves throughout the campaign, single handedly keeping United in games on a number of occasions. Won player of the year and players player of the year, and we cant really disagree with that. 9/10

2. Rafael
A disappointing season for the Brazilian once again. Seemed to do well when he had his chances, but they were few and far between. Looks like he will be off on the summer. 5/10

3. Luke Shaw
Showed glimpses of why we spent £27m on the youngster, but needs to be able to string a run of games together. Season has been hampered with injuries and will be hoping for better next season 6/10

4. Phil Jones
Suffered with early season injuries as did the rest of the defence but his injury record seemed to improve towards the end. Still has a habit of charging round the field like a mad man, needs to add defensive discipline to his game to take the next step and avoid injuries 6/10

5. Marcos Rojo
A decent first season. Looks like a good centre back and option at left back. An aggresive player but needs to remain more focussed. 6/10

6. Jonny Evans
Looked like the natural successor to Ferdinand/Vidic. Sadly, that was 2 years ago. Now a shadow of his former self. 4/10

7. Angel di Maria
A £59.7m Champions League winning aquisition from Real Madrid is bound to bring a lot of expectation. Threatened to live up to that with blistering performances and wonder goals. Sadly his season went flat after an injury as well as a burglary at his home. Still finished as the leagues second highest number of assists (10) behind Cesc Fabregas. 6/10

8. Juan Mata
A season of two halves. Bench warming in the first half as united tried to find their best lineup. Found himself a vital position in the second half. Joint 2nd highest top scorer as well as 2 fine finishes at Anfield capped a good season. 7/10

9. Radamel Falcao
One of the worlds greatest strikers on his day but his ACL injury meant he couldnt produce for United. Plenty of endeavour and energy but little result lead to just 4 goals and a return journey to AS Monaco. 5/10

10. Wayne Rooney
Given the captaincy and led by example. The leading scorer in the squad despite playing in midfield for many matches. 8/10

11. Adnan Januzaj
Few opportunities but showed only glimpses that burst onto the scene last year. A good preseason needed to impress LvG. 5/10

12. Chris Smalling
Early season shocker culminating in a red card at the Etihad looked like it could limit his days at the club, but a drastic turnaround has seen him develop into a fine CB and leader. 7/10

13. Anders Lindegaard
No minutes and down to 3rd choice ‘keeper

16. Michael Carrick
The main man. When he plays, we win. The linchpin in midfield was excellent again but was out for long spells with injury. United need to find the next Carrick quickly. 8/10

17. Daley Blind
The new John O Shea. Filled in at CDM, LB and CB when needed. Did well in all and enjoyed a solid first season but needs to remain focused as there were numerous lapses of concentration. 7/10

18. Ashley Young
Moyes forgotten man reinvigorated under LVG. A superb season where he was the best outlet in most games. Impressive turnaround. 8/10

20. Robin van Persie
Great expectations were had of the van Gaal/van Persie linkup. However van Persie had a relatively poor and ineffective season despite being the joint 2nd highest top scorer. 6/10

21. Ander Herrera
Passing, Pressing, Possession and an eye for goals. The goalscoring dynamic midfielder we have been looking for for years. 8/10

25. Antonio Valencia
Converted to a permanent RB under LVG. Has done well defensively but looks timid going forward as well as having a poor final ball though. 6/10

31. Marouanne Fellaini
Like Young, another huge turnaround. United career was on the brink but was saved by an injury. LVG played to his strengths and has been repaid. Scored goals and caused problems playing higher up the field. Still is clumsy at times and a red card in the final game shows his potential for idiocy. 7/10

32. Victor Valdes
Replaced de Gea in the penultimate match, and started the final game v Hull. He made some fine saves but a couple of blunders too. Not bad after 12 months out. 6/10

33. Paddy McNair
Never looked near the first team but injuries forced the bosses hand. A mixed campaign. Some fantastically composed performances as well as some less impressive displays. 5/10

42. Tyler Blackett
Another youngster thrown in during the midst of our defensive crisis. Not sure he is quite ready yet though. 5/10

44. Andreas Pereira
A few substitute appearances for the U21 starlet. A new contract to keep Europes big boys at bay. 5/10

49. James Wilson
The first full season for the boy who burst on the scene under Ryan Giggs’ stewardship. Still developing and only a few chances as he was 4th choice behind Rooney, Falcao and van Persie. His pace and eye for goals meant he was a threat for most times he played. 6/10

Please take a look at the the fourth and final part of my Season Review, where we look at the highs and lows, and give out the OT Faithful awards

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27 year old football writer from South Yorkshire. United fan and Season Ticket holder in the Sir Alex Ferguson stand.

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