Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney, and Antonio Valencia: TheTriple Threat

illya mclellanSenior Analyst IMarch 3, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  A view of the exterior of the East Stand at Old Trafford before the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on February 23, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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A terrific trio has emerged more fully into the consciousness of the football watching world in recent weeks out of Manchester United.

The three of them have silenced those who doubted Sir Alex Ferguson for the umpteenth time, with polished football that at times in the last two United fixtures, has resembled a lovingly crafted piece of the finest jade.

Twice in the home game against West Ham it was the Bulgarian Berbatov making an incisive pass to Valencia, followed by the South American supplying the inch perfect cross to Rooney and the Englishman nodding the ball with the requisite technique to make the keeper despair, even before the ball was a foot from the diminutive strikers head.

The cross for Rooney's first against West Ham, was a piece of delivery that underlined the excellent technique that Valencia brings to the wide position that he at present has made his own on Fergusons team sheet.

A first time ball, enabled by a wonderfully precise pass from the cultured foot of the Bulgarian Berbatov and Rooney only had to fall forward and propel the ball past the stranded Robert Green.

A goal from across the planetary divide on the surface that has united many nationalities in the quest for dominance of club football.

In the league cup final, only days ago, the same trio combined to Villa's despair and United's delight to score a goal.

Another goal that was stunning in its execution and definitely, again, the sum of three parts.

Valencia received the ball in midfield, before striding past his man and playing it to Berbatov, who was in the eighteen yard box, the Bulgarian then reverse flicked it on the turn, back into the path of the Ecuadorean, who had continued his run to the byline. He then floated a pinpoint cross to Wayne Rooney, who finished with aplomb.

It was a precisely guided header over the desperate dive of Villa's Brad Friedel.

With that goal, the silverware was on its way to Old Trafford and Ferguson looks to have done it again. All of the naysayers, collectively bagging the acquisition of Berbatov and Valencia for parts of this season, would no doubt have been cheering as they again combined to give their teammate Rooney another crucial goal.

It remains to be seen whether this trio can guide United to an unprecedented fourth EPL title in a row. The play they have produced recently is beginning to suggest that this is growing increasingly likely, as the trainings and matches pass.

The knowledge of each other is growing.

The instinctive recognition of where your teammate will run, the weight of the pass, the back heel flick, and the late run to the edge of the six yard. These players have really begun to recognise each others game now.

The really compelling thought is that this may only be the beginning.