Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez: Once Manchester United’s lethal attacking trio


Cristiano Ronaldo the man who has done it all, Wayne Rooney the legend and Carlos Tevez, the controversial yet versatile striker. These three players were a part of something majestic at Manchester United as they dominated European football from 2007 to 2009.  When you remember these players, you recall the days when Manchester United had a fear factor about them.

The opposition knew what they were about before every game. But guess what? You could not stop them as they were lethal in every way, as such they hurt teams with their world-class ability. Thus, throughout this literature crafted with the utmost finesse, I will be explaining why these three players should be considered one of the best attacking trio Manchester United ever had.

Who is Cristiano Ronaldo? Well, that is like asking who the Queen is for football fans across the globe. The man who is on the mountain looking down on all others, the kid who Sir Alex Ferguson signed in 2003, the Manchester United Legend. Whatever he may be in your eyes nothing beats the fact that he is one of the best players who have ever graced the game of football. George Best once said about Cristiano Ronaldo;

“There have been a few players described as ‘the new George Best’ over the years, but this is the first time it’s been a compliment to me.”

In 2008 while at Manchester United Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the first time crowning him the best player on the planet at the time. In addition, in his tenure at United; he scored 118 goals in 292 appearances in the process becoming somewhat of a folklore for Manchester United, as no one forgot that night in Moscow.

In steps the man they call ‘Wazza’ known to many as Wayne Rooney. What can I say about this man? I mean he has earned his spot apart of the three-headed dragon and as a Manchester United legend. When Rooney his not scoring otherworldly goals, he can be seen tearing up the Premier League and finally destroying Arsenal as usual. As the day he caught the eye of football supporters was when he ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run with an absolute gem of a goal. Apart from

Apart from being the all-time leading goal scorer for Manchester United with 253 goals in 559 appearances Rooney not only scores goals as a striker, but his expert passing ability coupled with his vision added dynamism to the Manchester United attack. I mean I know every Manchester United supporter remembers his bicycle kick against Manchester City as Martin Tyler said, “It defies description”. All good things must come to an end, but never will the legacy be forgotten.

Carlos Tevez one of the most controversial players in football but also one of the most talented. Tevez to Manchester United fans will be viewed as a good player who contributed his part to the past success of the club. How do I view Carlos Tevez? I see him as the gutsy one in the trio, the one who is most adaptable, the most aggressive and that my friend is a nightmare for defenders. No defender enjoys facing a tenacious striker who is like a Viking who fights to the death.

In his time at United, he scored 34 goals in 99 appearances, but it was the importance of Tevez goals that made him a very important player for Sir Alex Ferguson. To jog your memory Tevez produced a moment of magic on April 19, 2008 when Manchester United were behind and slowly losing grip on the title race to Chelsea, Carlos Tevez met Scholes’ flicked header and beat Brad Friedel, who was in Godly form on the day to keep United kicking in the hunt for the title.  Carlos Tevez or as I call him the ‘Red Viking’ as he is a warrior on the football pitch.

The most beautiful thing was seeing these three football geniuses playing together. It was the interchanging of positions between Rooney, Tevez, and Ronaldo that made the trio not only spectacular on the eye but devastating in front of goal. Every United fan remembers the 2007-08 season when these three players conquered Europe and planted the United flag in Moscow as an Astronaut would do as he landed on the moon. Who was the striker at the time? No one!

It was more like a dragon with three heads attacking from every angle and all the heads were just as lethal. This trio style of play was not like the old-fashioned structured style of play, it was more fluid where players were given more creative freedom to attack and show their hidden talents. What happens when you give geniuses tools to boost their work? It makes them more effective, more efficient and in turn, it helps make whatever process you are doing way easier.

That is what happened when Sir Alex Ferguson crafted a formation to suit these three players to express themselves, and might I say that is the roots United need to go back to if they want to be the feared Manchester United from the past. In their time at United, these players brought back the Champions league to Manchester, won back to back Premier League titles and the FIFA Club World Cup amongst other honours.

Also, not to forget but they scored goals upon goals throughout their partnership. In the end, will we ever see another trio like Rooney, Tevez, and Ronaldo?

Written by Ricardo Edwards

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