When, almost a year ago, Manchester United confirmed the signing of Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund many Reds couldn’t believe their luck for United had just secured the services one of Europe’s best attacking midfielder, a player who had just won the Double in Germany and was named Bundesliga’s Player of the Year.
Only 11 days have passed since Sir Alex Ferguson announced his decision to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.
The events that have unfolded since, though, have generated the impression that the announcement was given a lifetime ago.
West Bromich Albion host Uniteds final game of the season and Sir Alex Fergusons 1500th and final game in charge of the club.
1,000’s of United fans will make the pilgrimage to The Hawthorns, ticketless or not! The atmosphere will be incredible.
Paul Scholes will also make his final appearance in what’s been a glittering career.
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Manchester United travel to the Hawthorn’s to take on West Brom in the final game of the season, and look cracking value at 1.83 with bet365 to round off with another victory.
Success in the game will see them equal their best ever points haul in a Premier League season (91 in 1999/00), and the stats are heavily in their favour.
Robin Van Persie was last night crowned Fans’ Player of the Year as he added the Sir Matt Busby award to his first Premier League medal and the Golden Boot. The Dutchman received 41,5% of votes, ahead of Michael Carrick (29%) and David De Gea (11.5%).
Manchester United celebrated their 20th title with an open-top bus parade through the streets of Manchester as fans lined up the route from Old Trafford, through Deansgate and Albert Square.
In the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to stand down as Manchester United manager, among the flurry of tributes that poured in for Sir Alex, Paul Gascoigne admitted his regret at not signing for the club.
“He always says one of his greatest regrets was not signing me, but I think it was the other way round, me not signing for the guy,” said Gazza, “I know I would have had a lot more trophies in my cabinet if I went with him, it was a massive missed opportunity.”
WE’RE GIVING AWAY A COPY OF WAYNE ROONEY: MY DECADE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE.
I was only seven years old when we lost the league to West Ham in 1995 and I remember shedding bitter, youthful tears as the title slipped by.
My dad told me not to worry, “Fergie will be there next season,” he said and “we’ll win something next season, United always move on.”
He was right, of course, for the flurry of trophies was unheard of, even for the club’s immensely high standards.