10 most underrated Manchester United players of the Premier League era
- Playing for Manchester United is a dream for any professional footballer. The prestige, glamour, media limelight, international attention are just som ...
Playing for Manchester United is a dream for any professional footballer. The prestige, glamour, media limelight, international attention are just some of the add-ons to being a United player, apart from playing for the most successful team in England. Many have tried their luck; a few have succeeded while some have perished.Playing for a big club like Manchester United always has its pros and cons. While there have been overrated players, there have also been some underrated one’s who go on doing their job quietly and dedicating themselves to the club completely. There has been a fair share of unsung heroes at the Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League era.Here’s a list of players who not always received the appreciation and credit they deserved from the supporters.
#10 Tim Howard
The Big American was signed by Manchester United for $4mn from Metro Stars in the MLS. Howard replaced Fabian Barthez as the club’s first choice goalkeeper. His Manchester United career got off to a bright start with him saving the decisive penalty against Arsenal, which propelled United to the Community Shield victory that year.
He was considered as a strong commanding goalkeeper at the club. He was not an extraordinary keeper, but his ability to keep it simple and make the right decisions helped him flourish at a competitive club like Manchester United.
One costly error against Porto which dumped United out of the Champions League shattered his confidence and he was replaced by Roy Carroll. He however regained his place and guided United to the 2004 FA Cup trophy. Howard was also named in the PFA Best XI in his first season at Manchester United.
Tim Howard was exceptional during his time for United, many a times pulling his side out of trouble. He went on to make 77 appearances for the club. Unfortunately his United Career came to an end with the signing of Edwin Van Der Sar in 2005.