Originally Posted by Cling Bak
It's the same doubts as 2006 indeed.
There was an online blog by someone from another forum I used to go on (AHFC), his name was MonkeyBoy or something... Can't remember.
Anyway, he started it as we sold Ruud and confidently predicted that we'd get the required goals without him. He updated a graph every week to show it, every player having a column showing their goals scored in all comps and the very end column called 'Missing Ruud?'. That column was added to if:
- A player contributed more goals to this season than last. Which could be:
a) A new signing scoring, i.e. Owen, Valencia
b) A current player surpassing last season's total, i.e. Rooney scored 20 goals last season, so his 21st, 22nd etc would be added.
Obviously we smashed it with Rooney scoring more and Ronaldo hammering in 23-odd, as well as Solskjaer and Saha getting plenty.
If anyone is clever enough to set this up for 09/10 I reckon they should. For Ronaldo or even Ronaldo and Tevez, perhaps. I think we'll do better than people expect.
I've got faith that Berbatov and Rooney will step up. The expressed enthusiasm is the right direction. Still very concerned about the support. It will all depend on the midfield getting accurate passing and crosses into these two.
Not so sure about Owen, as he might take a few months to settle in.
Fletcher has appeared to turn the corner in his attitude. Since last Spring he looked to be coming on the pitch with more focus, determination, and overall confidence.