Agree, that was some of the best football with Saha. Shame he did not last longStatistically Rooney's partnership with Tevez was pretty average even though they claimed to love playing together. They were too similar and didn't complement each other. I thought Saha was his best partner, shame it was short-lived.
When we signed Tevez, a lot of people predicted that it wouldn't work as a partnership as they both liked to drop deep, however without their constant work rate and intelligent movement then Ronaldo wouldn't have gotten close to 42 goals in that one season.Statistically Rooney's partnership with Tevez was pretty average even though they claimed to love playing together. They were too similar and didn't complement each other. I thought Saha was his best partner, shame it was short-lived.
I agree. I remember frequent frustration that Tevez was dropping into the 10 position that Rooney previously operated in, but Tevez didn't have the same quality or skill to create. Rooney was then too far forwards and at that point hadn't become a clinical finisher (he added that to his game later), or Rooney and Tevez would both drop too deep and there'd be nobody getting on the end of crosses or cut backs. The attack from that era gets deified but it was the rock solid defence and core that won us trophies. Think we broke a record for consecutive clean sheets, and there were plenty of 1-0s.Statistically Rooney's partnership with Tevez was pretty average even though they claimed to love playing together. They were too similar and didn't complement each other. I thought Saha was his best partner, shame it was short-lived.
Eh? We absolutely were tearing teams apart. In the 07/08 season we started slow, not winning any of our first 3 games and I think Rooney was injured early on as well. Then we had a slew of 1-0 wins until we hammered Wigan 4-0 with all of Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez scoring, and after that we were consistently battering teams.Some revisionism going on here. The Rooney and Tevez partnership was decent but we were hardly tearing teams apart with them. Back then over here we are crying out from a proper #9 almost every week. That was also the period everyone here were wanking themselves silly over the prospect of young Benzema joining the club.
I reckon he'd have had an amazing partnership with Kane if their peaks overlapped for a few years.I always looked forward to Rooney Tevez
"I just loved our connection. The two of us up front, we complimented each other really well.
"Normally if I played with Louis Saha, Ruud van Nistelrooy or Robin van Persie – these strikers were always the No9 and I'd play as a No10.
"With Tevez we could rotate, I'd be the No9, he'd take the No9 spot and I'd be No10. When we lost the ball we'd be like two bulls trying to get it back.
"As a strike partner, he was the one I enjoyed playing with the most."
Berbatov was a very un-Fergie like signing. He wasn't the typical profile we'd go for as he had a languid style and was 27 at the time. I think he always admired the way Bergkamp played and thought he could make it work with Berbatov. The fact that he didn't even make the bench for the 2011 Champions League final was an indicator that the signing wasn't a huge success. I still loved him though. He oozed quality.Tevez, I'll never understand why Fergie thought he needed Berbatov and never tried to get Tevez as an United player properly and not on loan unless he didn't want to deal with Joorabchian
Berbatov won us the league when Ronaldo and Teves werent there anymore though. But I guess Fergie has a history of buying strikers as he was one himself. Wish I can say the same thing now. If one stops scoring goal you just play another... good old days. I never even thought Fergie would sign Chicarito because he was a one dimensional poacher and yet Fergie did and Chica ended up as a success.Tevez, I'll never understand why Fergie thought he needed Berbatov and never tried to get Tevez as an United player properly and not on loan unless he didn't want to deal with Joorabchian
That's not what happened... Tevez left because he felt undermined (by Berbatov's arrival, as he would be the first in line to be dropped) and undervalued (because the club had yet to make him a permanent contract offer due to the dodginess of his agent). The football was great between the forwards in the first season, and got bottle-necked in the 2nd because Berbatov didn't fit, and then Tevez mentally checked out a bit, which saw his numbers reduce and his performances plummet.The reason Tevez ended up leaving United was because he and Rooney were too similar and got in each other's way. They both linked up better with other players. So their partnership is a myth, they never really had a partnership otherwise we wouldn't have bought Berbatov. They were both fantastic shadow strikers but Rooney had the better all-round game so we made the right choice in letting Tevez go.