What started out with a bang for the Red Devils is now starting to turn into something of a whimper and in recent games a severe dip in performance from the United boys.
Here at MUFC Blog we will take a look at each player that has played a significant part thus far and see how they have/havent progressed
Manchester United find themselves about 1/3 of the way through the 2011/12 Premier League Season.
Im really pleased Danny has been given the chance to shine this season. Watching him for the youth team and reserves he reminded me a bit of Andy Cole, gliding over the pitch with pace and a terrific finisher inside the box.
Its clear his season loan at Sunderland did him the world of good and hes proven that he can score goals for United on all stages.
Injury has been cruel to Welbeck, just as he was getting into the swing of it and in the goals he suffered an injury during the Arsenal match which ruled him out for quite a period.
Now hes back to full fitness and being handed starting roles its clear that Sir Alex sees him as the future of the club, last seasons top scorer, Dimitar Berbatov, has had to take a back seat to the quicker, younger and more energetic Welbeck.
He still has some way to go before I'd class him as a genuine United player but so far so good and I really hope this local Manchester la
Finally back to his best, well almost!
A great start to the season, scoring and providing goals has to a certain extent died out a little. In recent weeks Rooney has been deployed into a midfield role and although it has looked at times like a square peg ina round hole it has worked to a certain degre.. Worryingly hes also looked our best midfielder in these games! Theres little doubt Rooney is looking more like his oldself and much better than he did this time last year. 12 goals from 13 starts proves this and when Rooney doesnt play well neither does the team. Easily our most important player and his amazing form at the start of the season was the driving force behind our fantastic start.
The likelyhood is that we will have Wayne all to ourselves for the rest of the season now due to his international ban and Capellos' experimenting, this will only be a good thing.
Season Rating: 8.5/10
A season thats been rather stop start for our little pea and rather frustrating has seen him in some quarters rather foolishly written off.
The in-famous "2nd season syndrome" has apparently kicked in, Ive even heard some reds suggest that Hernandez isnt what they thought he was and is a 1 season wonder. Idiots.
Truth be told its not been a vintage start for Chicharito but as stated earlier hes had concussion to deal with as well as that nasty leg injury suffered against Ashley Cole.
All in all Hernandez has managed to score 4 goals from 7 starts, not an amazing record but one that isnt a cause for concern.
We've seen he still posses his pace, fantastic finishing and his wonderful off the ball runs, he will beback to his best no doubt about it.
Only criticisms I have are that he needs to learnt to stay onside more regulary and get more involved in games, too many times this season Ive seen him isolated upfront and not have a sniff of action.
Season Rating: 7/10
A genuine world class talent of that there is no doubt but yet remains to frustrate at times.
Out of all our players in the squad, Nani is probably the only 1 that can make something out of nothing, he has the tricks, the pace and a great shot on him and when he doesnt perform thats when the fans can get on his back as they know whats in his arsenal.
Nani, like the majority of our team, started the season with some top class performances but has gone back into his shell in recent weeks, failing to deliver crosses when the time was right, picking the wrong options and just generally not taking games by the scruff of the neck.
In my opinion, as much as he denies it, Nani is wanting to be our new Ronaldo, he wants to entertain the United crowd and score the kind of goals Ronaldo did, all we want is for Nani to be himself, like he was at the begining of the season.
He seems to be cutting out his theatrics which can only be a good thing but now over these winter months he has to knuckle down and bring to the table what he did during the 1st month or so of the season.
Season rating: 7.5/10
"The new Duncan Edwards" has been one of the most popular phrases when it has coem to describing young Phil Jones in a united shirt so far this season.
Jones has played a key roll thus far and probably featured in more games than he thought he would because of the injuries to Rio & Vidic at the back. It remains unclear what position he was signed to fill for United, our midfield misses a "bite" and that something Jones posses but like I said because of injuries hes been playing at the back.
Positionally at the back Jones does leave a lot to be desired. If you watch him closely you will see hes out of position for a lot of chances that we concede, but his powering tackles and last minute sliding blocks seem to paper over it.
Jones of course is far from the finished article and its obvious the best is yet to come from him. Im hoping over the comign weeks to see Jones in midfield so we can asses where is future is in terms of position.
One thing does remain clear that he has the potential to go on to be a United great.
Season Rating: 7.5/10
Played for the most part of the season out of position at right back, Chris Smalling has put in some valiant displays.
A lot of reds have said hes been superb at right back but i think thats going a bit over the top turht be told, dont get me wrong hes been for the most part solid but I wouldnt put him down to be our next right back for the future.
After a great debut season Smalling, a bit like Hernandez, might be accused of "2nd season syndrome" but so far so good for the young Englishman.
When Rio or Vidic (at times both) have been out injured putting in Smalling at the back hasnt been a worry, hes rose to the occasion and truth be told we havent missed either as much as one may think.
Without a doubt Smalling has a great Manchester United future ahead of him and isnt that far off from becoming a name that features regulary on the Starting XI sheet.
Season Rating: 7.5/10