NEWS & FEATURES

14/05/2011 14:30, Report by Adam Marshall
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Player ratings 2010/11

We assess how United's players fared over the title-winning season...

Edwin van der Sar - A fitting finale to a marvellous career, the unflappable Dutchman was largely flawless throughout the campaign. Assured and ageless, there was no depreciation in his talents and some will argue he was better than ever.

Rafael - Tries to win every ball with his speed and aggression and has all the ingredients to become the best right-back in the division. Likes to join up with the attack and is gaining in experience and confidence all the time.

Fabio - Although he may have been behind his twin in his development, largely due to injuries, he earned the trust of the manager towards the end of the season. A dynamic, tenacious figure who looks at home in a variety of positions.

Patrice Evra - Steady and reliable as he remains a permanent fixture in the left-back slot. A constant attacking source of inspiration with his raids down the flank, he links superbly with his colleagues.

John O’Shea - It’s little wonder he’s one of the manager’s favourites because of his versatility and character. Able to slot in and deliver reliable performances with the added benefit of his height at set-pieces and status of being a senior professional.

Rio Ferdinand - Purrs his way through games with seemingly effortless ease and is a class act at the back. Dominant in the air and composed on the ground, he ended any doubts over his nagging injuries with a series of top-class displays.

Chris Smalling - Seems to be learning the Old Trafford way fast and can be delighted with his debut campaign at the club. Looked completely unfazed as he proved an able deputy for his higher-profile colleagues.

Nemanja Vidic - A commanding presence at the heart of the defence and a worthy captain. Always one to lead by example, he played with the consistency and excellence that comes with being truly settled into his role.

Jonny Evans - By his own admission, his form slipped but he bounced back to prove he is a capable understudy for Vidic.

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