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Chris Lee's insight:
Click on the cover of the book to read the first few pages. It includes a foreword from Sir Alex Ferguson & the story of Wayne Rooney's famous overhead kick from Rooney's perspective. When I read Wayne's rendition of the overhead kick, I literally immersed myself in the moment. It took me to the green pitch of Old Trafford during the Manchester derby. I felt the electrifying buzz of the United faithful milliseconds after the ball nestled into the top corner of the net. Pure ecstacy. Wayne does a great job of including his voice and personal emotions here. I have not read his book but if the rest of his biography is anything like the first bit, I would say its worth buying.
Manchester United's central midfield problems have caused United fans to worry for years. Perhaps the biggest problem United have is their lack of a creative playmaker. Someone who has the vision, skill, and tenacity to find the killer pass. United finally have someone who has been billed to fill that void.
Shinji Kagawa has been deployed at Borussia Dortmund over the last couple seasons just behind the front most forward. He enjoyed great success with Dortmund during a trophy laden spell. Kagawa was a highly influential component in Dortmunds forward play; especially during the German Cup thrashing of Bayern Munich last season.
Kagawa has not really lived up to his billing as our next midfield maestro. Much of that is due to the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson has not tactically utilized him properly. Kagawa has been mostly used at the top of a midfield diamond. That formation puts too much pressure on him and does not allow him to orchestrate the forward tempo effectively.
As the author, Musa Okwanga says, Kagawa would operate best in the middle 3 of a 4-2-3-1. I would agree sincerely. I think it would take some of the wide play out of United's game, but I believe its a necessary change. United have a diamond in the rough. If used properly Kagawa could be the creative driving force that United have been lacking for too long.
Insightful strategy and tactics. I rate this article 7.5/10
Robin van Persie is a class act. His performances last season at Arsenal took the Premier League by storm. The Dutchman has taken his form from last season into this one. Some may even say that he is a better player than he was for the London based team. The only way to truly answer that question is to dig into the metrics which matter most.
"RVP's progress report" composes a list of stat's tailored to the deliverable attributes of a striker. The list includes chance conversion, assists per game, goals per game, etc. The numbers show that the talismanic forward has improved in nearly every facet of his game. He is scoring more goals with fewer chances and he is also supplying a significant number of assists.
Van Persie has hit the target with fewer of his shots than he did last season, but when he does hit the target, a great deal more of them are going in compared to last year. Maybe the striker goes for the very corner of the goal these days, and thus ends up missing the target more often? A striker that goes for the corners, as opposed to focusing on simply getting his shots on target, is more effective.
The bottom line is that he is a more efficient and effective player than before. I think much of that can be attributed to his supporting cast. United are a stronger and more creative attacking force than Arsenal. Manchester United is reaping the reward of taking a small gamble on the former Arsenal man.
Insightful atricle which really sheds light on the true prolificancy of this striker. Grounded in solid statistics supported by compelling content. I rate this article as a 8/10
United has shown promise as of late. Stalwart midfield players such as Carrick, Cleverly, and Kagawa are running the midfield with concise, clever plassing. Robin van Persie is scoring when he wants and the other attacking players, Welbeck & Chicharito, are chipping in with solid performances. Since the return of the talismanic captain, Nemanja Vidic, United's defense looks much more unified, composed, and organized. All this has been achieved without the enigmatic Wayne Rooney since Christmas.
Despite the optimism surrounding Old Trafford, they have yet to hit the dizzying heights that are expected of a vintage United side. Mark Payne agrees that United, on paper at least, can win games in much more convincing fashion. Ferguson admitted his side were up against the wall for the last quarter of the match against Liverpool. United's season has been filled with dramatic comebacks and scrappy victories.
However, the Red Devils are on track to beat Chelsea's record points total in the 2004-05 season. If they continue to show promise and build momentum United could bring home multiple trophies.
Mark Payne delivers a justly optimistic and unbiased evaluation of United's current domestic position. I rate this article as 6/10