Completing our in-depth look at United's squad ahead of today's opening match at OT, Mike Phelan assesses the Reds' established strikers...
10 Wayne Rooney Age 23 Appearances 238 Goals 98
Wayne’s been a star from day one and he’s having to maintain that now every day. He’ll be eager to develop as a footballer. He’s not the finished article yet – there’s more to come from him. I think we’ve only seen a small part of what Wayne Rooney is all about. I think he’s maturing now, he’s a little bit wiser, and this year he’ll bring all his qualities to the table.
9 Dimitar Berbatov Age 28 Appearances 44 Goals 14
Berba’s highly skilful and technically gifted. He’s certainly different to any other player at the club. He does have a certain element of mystery or elusiveness about him and some people don’t know how to take that. But it all adds to his character. He’s very highly regarded here and I think now, having got over his first season with Manchester United, he’ll really produce the goods.
7 Michael Owen Age 29 Appearances 1 Goals 0
Michael’s like a new kid on the block. He’s another player who’s contributed to the game of football immensely. At this stage of his career I think he’s excited to be part of something that he sees as befitting his talent. He has exceptional qualities as a striker and I think he’ll fit into our style of play very, very well. He certainly fits in with the group of players – there are no concerns there. He’ll hopefully score a lot of goals for us and he’ll do it with a smile on his face because he’s very excited to be here. He’s keen to repeat the feats he’s achieved in the past and we’re very happy to have him here.