Not only do Manchester United now have 7 strikers at their disposal (no Fernando Torres though), but they also have wingers and defenders coming back from their loan deals. Here’s a quick look:
Jonny Evans – returns from Royal Antwerp, heads back out to Sunderland for the rest of the season.
Ryan Shawcross – defender, leaves behind United reserves to take up Evans’ place at Royal Antwerp.
Frazier Campbell – striker, extends his loan period at Antwerp till the end of the season.
Danny Simpson – defender, big hit amongst Manchester United fans, back at Old Trafford. Likely to go out again on loan.
Darron Gibson – promising midfielder, still out on loan at Antwerp.
Dong Fangzhuo – Chinese international striker who got his work permit cleared up late last year, comes back from RA and is raring to go for Manchester United. Haven’t seen much of him though, pre-season apart.
Lee Martin – Talented winger comes back from Rangers (where a big mess is brewing) and is likely to be loaned out again to Sunderland.
Phil Bardsley – Important times for the right-back. He’s been around the Manchester United setup for almost as long as David Jones, and if he’s not up to the level of what Ferguson expects, he could be another exit (either in January or next summer). Brown’s a better right-back so far.
Chris Eagles – Back from NEC Nijmegen, apparently Manchester United still havent figured out what to do with him. Old reserve teamer, could be jettisoned soon.
Giuseppe Rossi – Along with Gerard Pique, perhaps the most promising player out on loan. Unlike Pique though, Rossi is back at Old Trafford and will line up with Rooney, Saha, Ole and Larsson in providing the goals for Manchester United.
Henrik Larsson – The big man will get a shot at English football in the FA Cup 3rd round tie against Aston Villa. Can he crack it? Logic says he’s past it, heart says this is Manchester United’s year, and Larsson could end up showing Sheva how it’s done.