05/06/2010 00:01, Report by Nick Coppack
Player review: Obertan
The Old Trafford faithful only saw glimpses of Gabriel Obertan during his first campaign as a United player. But in those 13 appearances, he showed plenty of promise...
Story of the season:
After a back injury delayed his debut, Obertan first pulled on a Reds shirt in the Carling Cup fourth round tie at Barnsley. He impressed enough to be given a league debut (as a substitute) at Old Trafford four days later. The nerves that day got the better of him (he ran the ball out of play with his first touch before later spurning a glorious chance to score) but he soon settled and became a viable attacking option from the bench.Finest moment:
Away in Wolfsburg in the final Champions League group stage game, Obertan came off the bench to dazzle on the left wing. Indeed, Michael Owen owes the second of his three goals that night almost entirely to the Frenchman, who wriggled past two defenders before teeing up the striker with a precise pass across the six-yard box.
Strongest attribute: Dribbling. When Ronaldo left, fans feared all the skill and trickery had gone with him. What they didn't know then, however, was just how good Gabriel Obertan is with the ball at his feet. Confident, quick and direct, the former Bordeaux star will terrorise plenty of defenders in the coming years.