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Ranking Every Manchester United Player from the 2013/14 Premier League Season

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentMay 12, 2014

Ranking Every Manchester United Player from the 2013/14 Premier League Season

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    It's been a disappointing season for Manchester United.

    Dismal, even. Most fans knew the first season after Sir Alex Ferguson would be hard. But few could have predicted ending the campaign in seventh and without European football.

    David Moyes will have to take his share of the blame. Ultimately, he paid for a disastrous 10 months with his job following the defeat to Everton last month.

    But the players have also been at fault. Not enough of them have played well consistently and it shows in the final league table.

    Here's a list measuring each player's impact from least to most.

    Feel free to use the comments section below to agree or disagree.

The Rest

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    Anderson: Never won over David Moyes and was sent on loan to Fiorentina.

    Fabio: Another Moyes was never convinced by and eventually left for Cardiff.

    Wilfried Zaha: Looked lively in his two Premier League appearances before going out on loan to Cardiff.

    Tom Lawrence: Thrown in by Ryan Giggs and acquitted himself well against Hull.

    James Wilson: You can't ask for much more than two goals on your debut.

25. Anders Lindegaard

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    Appearances: 3

    Goals: 0

    Anders Lindegaard only made three appearances this season, but that was mainly down to the outstanding form of David de Gea.

    However, the 30-year-old did get a chance to show his quality during the 4-0 win over Newcastle in April. He's an able deputy, and United will do well to keep hold of him this summer.   

24. Nani

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    Appearances: 13

    Goals: 1

    Nani signed a new five-year contract in September, but his season has been wrecked by injury.

    But even in the games he has played, he hasn't been able to make a meaningful impact. In the nine games he's started this season, he's been substituted seven times.

    He's one of the players expected to leave this summer.

23. Tom Cleverley

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    Appearances: 31

    Goals: 1

    Tom Cleverley has had such a poor season he's become something of a figure of fun. He's come to symbolise United's under-strength midfield, and his struggles this season might yet cost him a place at the World Cup.

    He wasn't suited to David Moyes' tactical plan, but the 24-year-old will hope he can rediscover his form under a new manager.

22. Alex Buttner

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    Appearances: 15

    Goals: 0

    The highlight of Alex Buttner's season was keeping Arjen Robben quiet during the 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich at Old Trafford in April.

    It was one of only 11 games he started, and he never won the trust of David Moyes to be considered a viable alternative to Patrice Evra.

    The Dutchman will never be anything more than a reserve at Old Trafford and might have to leave this summer to find regular football.

21. Marouane Fellaini

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    Appearances: 21

    Goals: 0

    A player who came to sum up David Moyes' time in charge. Marouane Fellaini was signed in the final moments of a disastrous transfer window.

    The Belgian had the odd good game—at West Brom, Crystal Palace and West Ham—but in the big games against Manchester City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, he looked out of his depth.

    It tells its own story that just a year after arriving at Old Trafford for £27.5 million, there are already doubts about his future.

20. Ashley Young

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    Appearances: 30

    Goals: 3

    Ashley Young is another who has struggled. 

    The start of his season was disrupted by injury. But he did little to win over David Moyes with a dreadful performance in the 4-1 derby defeat at the Etihad Stadium in September.

    He showed flashes of what he is capable of with goals against Stoke and Cardiff, but like so many of his team-mates, he's had a disappointing season.

    There would be few tears shed by the fans if he was sold this summer.

19. Rio Ferdinand

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    Appearances: 23

    Goals: 0

    Rio Ferdinand started the season as first-choice at the back next to Nemanja Vidic. But the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in September convinced Moyes to break the central-defensive pairing up, and Ferdinand's appearances were sporadic afterward.

    Like many in the squad, he's been inconsistent. He was poor during the 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos in Greece. But he had one of his best games of the season in the 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich at Old Trafford.

18. Ryan Giggs

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    Appearances: 22

    Goals: 0

    It says a lot about the strength of United's midfield that 40-year-old Giggs was summoned to turn the tie in in the second leg of the Champions League second round tie against Olympiacos and ended up being one of the best players on the pitch.

    As caretaker manager, he brought himself on against Hull and showed he hasn't lost any of his ability with a delicate pass to set up Robin van Persie.

    But the flashes of quality are becoming more infrequent, and he may yet decide to retire as a player this summer.

17. Javier Hernandez

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    Appearances: 35

    Goals: 9

    Javier Hernandez's nine goals this season is his lowest return since signing for United in 2010, but he was used sparingly by David Moyes.

    His blank stare into the Stretford End after scoring against Aston Villa in March was evidence that's he's far from happy at Old Trafford.

    But he remains a vital part of the squad and would be a big loss if he departed in the summer. 

16. Chris Smalling

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    Appearances: 38

    Goals: 2

    Chris Smalling hasn't been a regular but still racked up nearly 40 games. He's had some poor performances, especially when he's played at right-back.

    But he's got better as the season has gone on. And, like Phil Jones, he'll have eyes on more regular first-team football at centre-back with Nemanja Vidic leaving this summer. 

15. Jonny Evans

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    Appearances: 25

    Goals: 2

    Jonny Evans looked to have won a place as first-choice centre-half under Sir Alex Ferguson last season.

    But it took him time to win over David Moyes. And when he did, the second half of his season was lost to a calf injury.

    He will hope for better luck under a new manager next season, especially with Nemanja Vidic departing for Italy and Serie A.

14. Rafael

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    Appearances: 28

    Goals: 0

    Rafael was one of the best attacking full-backs in the Premier League as United won the title in 2013.

    But at times this season he's looked more like the rash, inexperienced Rafael who first broke into the first-team.

    He hasn't been helped by niggling injuries, but he'll have to improve if he wants to be first-choice right-back under a new manager next season.

    His highlight of the last campaign was an outstanding performance in the 3-0 win at West Brom in March. He just didn't reproduce that form often enough.

13. Darren Fletcher

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    Appearances: 18

    Goals: 0

    It's been a dismal season for United, but it's been a personal triumph for Darren Fletcher.

    After suffering from ulcerative colitis for more than three years, Fletcher made his latest comeback against Aston Villa in December.

    He's been a regular in the squad since, although he's still working to regain his match fitness.

    He was picked to start against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena in April, although he couldn't stop United from being knocked out of the Champions League.

12. Michael Carrick

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    Appearances: 40

    Goals: 1

    Along with Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick was one of the reasons United won the title in 2013. 

    But he's not found the same form this year, and his season was summed up with a poor performance in the defeat to Sunderland at Old Trafford in May.

    He was far from the worst offender this season, and he couldn't realistically be expected to hold together United's threadbare midfield forever.

11. Shinji Kagawa

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    Appearances: 30

    Goals: 0

    It's been another frustrating season from Shinji Kagawa. He's been in and out of the team all season and looked to be on his way out when David Moyes spent a club-record fee to bring in Juan Mata from Chelsea.

    The Japanese midfielder will have to be happy to play on the left or the right if he wants to stay at Old Trafford.

    He's still one of United's most creative players if the new manger can find a way of properly using his talents.

10 Antonio Valencia

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    Appearances: 44

    Goals: 4

    Antonio Valencia asked for his old No. 25 shirt back at the start of the season in a bid to find the form that earned him the club's Player of the Year award in 2012.

    And while he never hit those heights, he was certainly better than he was last year.

    His discipline and work rate made him one of David Moyes' favourites, but he's still too predictable when he goes forward.

9. Danny Welbeck

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    Appearances: 36

    Goals: 10

    It's been another season when Danny Welbeck has found himself moved from centre-forward to wide midfielder and then back to centre-forward again.

    He took a lot of criticism last season after scoring just once in the league. But in the absence of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in December and January this season, he scored six goals in six games in the Premier League.

    One of his highlights was Pep Guardiola singling him out as one of United's best players, as reported by UEFA.com back in March.

8. Phil Jones

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    Appearances: 39

    Goals: 3

    Another season where Phil Jones has plugged gaps rather than hold down a regular place in the first-team.

    He started the season at right-back, moved into midfield and then finished it at centre-half.

    Playing at right-back, the 22-year-old kept Franck Ribery quiet against Bayern Munich. He'll fancy his chances of playing more regularly at centre-half next season with Nemanja Vidic, and maybe Rio Ferdinand, on his way out.

7. Patrice Evra

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    Appearances: 45

    Goals: 3

    Patrice Evra might not have played at all this season had David Moyes succeeded in his attempts to sign another left-back last summer.

    But he ended the season having played more than 40 games. At 32 years old, his best years are behind him, and he could leave at the end of his contract this summer.

    The 3-1 defeat at Bayern Munich in April was almost a microcosm of his season. He scored a stunning goal to put United in front but was at fault for all three of Bayern's goals as United were dumped out of the Champions League.

6. Nemanja Vidic

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    Appearances: 34

    Goals: 2

    Nemanja Vidic hasn't been the same player since suffering a knee injury midway through the 2011-12 season. 

    But there were signs this season he was starting to rediscover some form and fitness.

    He struggled in some games, particularly against Romelu Lukaku during the defeat to Everton in December. But it was still a little surprising United didn't make more of an effort to stop him signing for Inter Milan.

    Still only 32, he'll be difficult for the new manager to replace.

5. Robin Van Persie

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    Appearances: 28

    Goals: 18

    United's season might have been different had Robin van Persie stayed fit. He only played in 21 of the 38 Premier Leagues games but still scored 12 goals. He scored 18 in 28 games in all competitions.

    He missed most of November, December and January as well as six weeks at the end of the season, and the team struggled without him. 

    United only scored 64 goals in the Premier League this season compared to 86 the season before.

4. Juan Mata

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    Appearances: 15

    Goals: 6

    Signed from Chelsea for £37 million in January, Juan Mata has taken time to settle at his new club.

    The Spaniard has looked far more comfortable in a central role rather than playing on the left or right.

    His best games for United have come when he's played behind the striker, scoring twice against Newcastle in April and twice after coming on as a second-half substitute against Norwich.

    One of the challenges for the new manager will be to find a way to fit Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie into the same team.

3. Adnan Januzaj

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    Appearances: 35

    Goals: 4

    Adnan Januzaj was named in the United squad for the first time for Sir Alex Ferguson's farewell at West Brom in 2013. 

    But it was under David Moyes that the teenager made the breakthrough.

    He announced himself with a two-goal, match-winning performance on his full debut against Sunderland in October.

    And although he was used sparingly during the second half of the season, he's shown flashes of brilliance in many of his cameos. 

    His job now is to turn genuine potential into consistent class.

2. Wayne Rooney

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    Appearances: 40

    Goals: 19

    The season started with question marks over Wayne Rooney's future. But his commitment to the cause can't be faulted.

    Rooney, who signed a new long-term contract in February, finished the season as United's top scorer after finding the net 19 times, including a wonderful long-range effort against West Ham.

    He's one of the candidates to replace Nemanja Vidic as club captain when the Serbian defender leaves for Inter Milan at the end of the season.

1. David de Gea

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    Appearances: 53

    Goals: 0

    United fans' and players' Player of the Year. David de Gea made one mistake against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup semi-final, but other than that he's barely put a foot wrong.

    This season could have been an awful lot worse had De Gea not been in such superb form.

    His stunning stop to deny Luis Suarez at Old Trafford was one of the saves of the season. It was just unfortunate it meant very little as United were comprehensively beaten.

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