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2015 European Player Rankings: Best 25 Strikers

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2015 European Player Rankings: Best 25 Strikers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This is the secondin a series of European player rankings that will cover each position on the pitch. Each player is assigned to a position based on their natural propensity and where they were deployed this past season, with more weight given to the latter.

RoM PLAYER RATINGS: United’s attack

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United scored 62 goals this season, which is our second worst tally in Premier League history, only beaten by the 58 goals we scored in 2014-15. Wayne Rooney is our top goalscorer with 14 goals, which is the lowest record for our highest scorer since Frank Stapleton's 13 goals in 1981-82. All in all, it's safe to assume our attack hasn't done too well this year.

Rooney with incredible penalty ranking story

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Wayne Rooney has revealed that he started off the season as Manchester United's penalty taker, replacing Robin van Persie who took on the duty from Rooney the season before.

"In pre-season, he asked me to take penalties, so I said 'yeh'. Obviously, I want to take the penalties," he said. "So he said he's got a structure of if you take one and miss one, then you're at the back of the queue.

Manchester United’s 2014-15 season in stats

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Goals
Wayne Rooney 12 (1 per 240 mins)
Robin van Persie 10 (1 per 211 mins)
Juan Mata 9 (1 per 1 per 257 mins)
Ander Herrera 6 (1 per 312 mins)
Marouane Fellaini 6 (1 per 305 mins)

Assists
Angel di Maria 10
Ashley Young 5
Wayne Rooney 5
Juan Mata 4
Ander Herrera 4
Radamel Falcao 4

Goals + assists
Wayne Rooney 17 (1 per 169 mins)
Angel di Maria 13 (1 per 127 mins)
Juan Mata 13 (1 per 178 mins)
Robin van Persie 12 (1 per 176 mins)
Ander Herrera 10 (1 per 187 mins)

Passing accuracy
Michael Carrick 89.

LvG: Rooney and RvP are bottom of the list for penalties

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Louis van Gaal has claimed that he has taken Robin van Persie off penalty taking duty after he missed a crucial penalty at home against West Brom on Saturday. United went on to lose the game.

The manager has also claimed that Rooney is at the bottom of the pile too after missing a penalty at Anfield a few weeks ago.

Five key thoughts following Manchester United 0-1 West Brom – Three straight defeats sees top four race resume

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Manchester United suffered a third straight Premier League defeat after a 1-0 loss against a resilient West Bromwich Albion side at Old Trafford. The sluggish Red Devils were restricted to long range efforts for the majority of the game as the Baggies chose to sit deep and allow United to pass the ball in front of them.

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Robin van Persie hints at Man Utd exit

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has hinted that he could quit the club this summer as he seeks to secure his place in the Netherlands...

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Galatasaray drop out of race for Man Utd’s Robin van Persie

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Turkish side Galatasaray have confirmed they will not be pursuing their interest in Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, according to Dutch...

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Manchester United star he will not be a part of a puppet show at Old Trafford

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Star striker Robin van Persie has admitted that he will not be a part of a puppet show and his future at Old Trafford will be decided by Manchester United.

The Dutch international joined from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 and won the league in his debut season.

RvP: I’m not worried about my United future

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Robin van Persie has hinted over recent weeks that his future in football may not be at Manchester United, depending on what the club want to do.

The Dutch striker has today claimed that he's not worried about his future and is planning on staying at United, unless we decide to move him on.

United ‘very close’ to sign striker

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Mario Mandzukic is "very close" to join Manchester United this summer, according to former AC Milan and Croatia midfielder Milan Rapaic.

The Atletico Madrid man has become the latest of a number of strikers linked with a move to Old Trafford, as Louis Van Gaal looks to bolster his attacking options after a campaign during which his side struggled in front of goal.

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil: Build Up, Tournament & Legacy

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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil: Build Up, Tournament & Legacy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sepp Blatter continued on from South Africa 2010 by taking the representation of the World Cup away from Europe in consecutive tournaments by opting to only allow South American countries the opportunity to put on the 2014 show.

Man Utd to show Robin van Persie the door to fund bumper bid for Edinson Cavani

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is ready to show his ruthless side by showing his former Holland captain Robin van Persie the door to fund a...

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RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about Robin van Persie's future.

Scott writes for The Metro about Radamel Falcao's proposed move to Chelsea.

The Guardian reports on Javier Hernandez's plan for the future.

The Telegraph reckons Rene Meulensteen could be going to Liverpool.

The Mirror talks about De Gea's future.

Could Man United Swap David De Gea For Karim Benzema?

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Manchester United are resigned to losing David De Gea to Real Madrid this summer, but according to various media reportsa they are looking for a swap deal to cushion the blow.

While De Gea was performing the heroics lays season, United's forwards were registering the club's second worst goals for tally in the Premier League era with just 62.

Manchester United star confirms ‘difficult’ situation at Old Trafford

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Manchester United star confirms 'difficult' situation at Old Trafford - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has admitted that he is facing a "difficult" situation at Old Trafford and claims he will take his family into account before considering his future.

RvP: United situation is difficult and strange

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Robin van Persie has a year left on his current contract and, on the back of two poor seasons, will likely be considering a future away from the club.

It's a strange, difficult situation. A new situation, that's a better word. I have to think in a realistic way. It's my ambition to play the next years.

Will RVP Leave United For Juventus This Summer?

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Persistent rumors will not go away that Champions League finalists Juventus want Manchester united striker Robin van Persie to join them this summer, and it appears that United boss Louis van Gaal will not stand in RVP's way if he wants a move.

After a disappointing season, it appears that the 31-year-old striker will not be seen as United's first-choice striker next season, and all indications are that United do not want to offer van Persie an extension on his contract which ends next summer.

Manchester United’s Player of the Year: Ander Herrera

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Although the season has seen a marked improvement in league performance, there's no doubt that it's been a long way from a perfect season. We ought to have challenged for the title and didn't. We ought to have finished ahead of Arsenal and didn't. We ought to have seen the best of players like Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, and we didn't.

Photo: Robin van Persie on target… on the golf course

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It's that cheeky smile when you know you hit it right A photo posted by Robin van Persie (@robinvanpersie) on May 22, 2015 at 8:11am PDT...

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£220,000-a-week Manchester United striker set to leave in the summer?

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£220,000-a-week Manchester United striker set to leave in the summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports from reputed Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Roma are interested in signing Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Why Arsenal and Manchester United must buy world-class strikers this summer

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Why Arsenal and Manchester United must buy world-class strikers this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's funny how a goalscoring striker can make most problems disappear.An error-pronedefender or an out-of-form midfielder will hardly be given too much notice if the man up front is banging goals in for fun.

LVG gives injury update on Di Maria, Van Persie, Rooney and Shaw for Arsenal clash

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LVG gives injury update on Di Maria, Van Persie, Rooney and Shaw for Arsenal clash - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have mixed injury news for the clash against Arsenal as star duo Angel Di Maria and Robin van Persie will return to the squad, while England duo Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney will miss the tie.

Manchester United to consider selling £250,000-per-week superstar

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Manchester United to consider selling £250,000-per-week superstar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Robin Van Persie's Manchester United career has been on a downward spiral this season, as injuries have forced him to be sidelined for most of the campaign. Despite netting 10 times this season, he has struggled to strike any sort of form in the calendar year 2015, scoring just 2 goals.

‘Bemused’ Robin van Persie omission casts doubt over Man Utd future

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Robin van Persie was left "bemused" at his non-selection for Manchester United's weekend match against Crystal Palace. The striker,...

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Robin van Persie relieved of penalty-taking duties at Manchester United

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Louis van Gaal has relieved Robin van Persie of penalty-taking duties for Manchester United following his miss in the 1-0 defeat to West Brom.

The Baggies recorded successive victories at Old Trafford for the first time since 1959 after Chris Brunt's 63rd minute free-kick deflected off Jonas Olsson and flew past David de Gea.

Robin van Persie relieved of penalty-taking duties at Manchester United

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Louis van Gaal has relieved Robin van Persie of penalty-taking duties for Manchester United following his miss in the 1-0 defeat to West Brom.

The Baggies recorded successive victories at Old Trafford for the first time since 1959 after Chris Brunt's 63rd minute free-kick deflected off Jonas Olsson and flew past David de Gea.

Robin van Persie set to be given final chance at Man Utd

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Robin van Persie is set to be given a final chance to prove himself as boss Louis van Gaal decides whether to keep his Dutch compatriot next season,...

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Robin van Persie playing for Man Utd U21s vs Fulham tonight

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U21s: Blackett, Januzaj, Lindegaard, A.Pereira and van Persie are all in the squad for #mufc's game at Fulham tonight. Manchester United...

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Robin van Persie set to spurn offer to remain with Man Utd

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Robin van Persie is set to spurn an offer from Fenerbahce to remain with Manchester United next season with him confident the side can win the title,...

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Man Utd’s Robin van Persie out of Man City game

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Van Gaal tells #MUTV that van Persie is back in training but not ready for the derby. The boss will wait and see on Smalling and Shaw. #mufc ...

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Robin van Persie declares himself fit to play in Manchester derby

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Robin van Persie has declared himself fit for Sunday's Manchester derby.

Van Persie has missed Manchester United's last six games following an ankle injury he suffered in the 2-1 defeat at Swansea on February 21.

Manager Louis van Gaal said last week he did not expect the striker to be fit enough to return for Sunday's game against Manchester City at Old Trafford, but Van Persie reported good news for United fans on Wednesday.

Robin van Persie declares himself fit to play in Manchester derby

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Robin van Persie has declared himself fit for Sunday's Manchester derby.

Van Persie has missed Manchester United's last six games following an ankle injury he suffered in the 2-1 defeat at Swansea on February 21.

Manager Louis van Gaal said last week he did not expect the striker to be fit enough to return for Sunday's game against Manchester City at Old Trafford, but Van Persie reported good news for United fans on Wednesday.

Man Utd ready to sell Robin van Persie with Edinson Cavani eyed as replacement

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is prepared to ditch his compatriot Robin van Persie in the summer with Edinson Cavani viewed as the perfect...

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Daley Blind

Welcome To Manchester, Memphis.

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After what has seemed like an age Memphis Depay has finally put pen to paper and signed for Manchester United. He is one of the hottest if not the hottest young talents in European football, a player...

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STATS: Average age of United’s team compared to City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs

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The average age of United's 10 most regular starters is 26.8. At the older end of the scale is Robin van Persie (31) with 24 starts, Antonio Valencia (29) with 22 starts and Radamel Falcao (29) with 12 starts.

Daley Blind (25), Marcos Rojo (25), Chris Smalling (25), Phil Jones (23) and Adnan Januzaj (20), amongst others, are not included in the average as they are outside the top 10 for number of starts.

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Besiktas want RvP for shirt sales

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With Robin van Persie desperate for first team football next season, ahead of Euro 2016, Besiktas director, Yalcin Kaya Yilmaz, has confirmed their interested in signing the Dutch striker.

If the conditions are right and if he also wants to come we are willing to make an offer even if it would push us to the limit financially.

Lazio rule out RVP move

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Robin Van Persie will not join Lazio this season, the Serie A outfit'ssporting director said on Wednesday, dismissing rumours that wanted the Dutchman close to a move to the Italian capital.

Earlier this month, Van Persie, who has struggled for form last season, claimed that he wanted to play regularly next season, hinting that his future might lie away from Old Trafford.

VIDEO: Van Persie and Rothwell’s goals for U-21s

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Robin van Persie and Joe Rothwell both scored two goals in United's U-21 win over Fulham's U-21.