Who was the person who thought United should get rid of Ruud Van Nistelrooy? Who was it who thought that he was too immobile that he didn't create enough space for his team–mates? I am not answering them…we know the answer.
With RVN, 20+ goals are guaranteed each season, but the goals only go to his pocket and he only scores against the bottom–table teams – as I said, he is always invisible in the big games.
He relies very much on the supply from his team–mates and thus, unsurprisingly, he had a lot of chances when the average midfields we had (John O'Shea + Darren Fletcher) dominates the possession for the Reds against the likes of West Brom and Charlton. When there are some more competitive players such as Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the opposite side, the possession is ususally with the opponents and everyone, including RVN, should try their very best to compete and help protect their treasurous possession to create chances. This is why Louis Saha was preferred to RVN in the second half of the season – Saha was more energetic and he made a lot of runs to help distract the defenders from his team–mates, bringing in more spaces for them to attack. Rooney benefitted, C.Ronaldo benefited and even Ryan Giggs and John O'Shea benefited. Their are more points of attack on our side now, instead of focusing on feeding every single ball to RVN's feet and let him fight alone.
Of course, with the pricey (and unproven) Michael Carrick, and possibly another signing soon, we would expect the class of Rooney and C.Ronaldo to emerge as superstars, possibly at the expense of United's Championship hope again (as we are still a long way from Chelsea, to be very honest).