Coming at the end of a long season, which Manchester United had to struggle to deal with countless injuries, City’s increasing financial assets, a disappointing early exit from the Champions League, and the final heartbreak of City taking the League title with 2 goals in stoppage time, there was one player who had no negative aspect to his performance. This season was definitely a standout for Antonio Valencia. He came to Manchester United from Wigan in the summer of 2009. That season, he had a breakout season for the Red Devils, as he created numerous goal scoring chances for Wayne Rooney from the wing. He had a great first season with Manchester United, earning a place in the Premier League Team of the Season. Last season, unfortunately, he suffered a broken leg on international duty that never really allowed him to make much of a contribution. Continue reading
It’s been a long time since what happened, happened. It’s taking time to come to terms with the unspeakable truth, but slowly and gradually, day-by-day, it’s becoming easier and easier to pretend it never happened at all!
I can, hand on heart, promise you that I haven’t been able to read a newspaper since May, I haven’t because I won’t. Sky Sports News hasn’t dared show it’s graphical interface and the horrible news it carries with it into my house since Sunday May 13th.
March proved a productive month for United; but only in the Premier League. On the European stage they were arguably made to look like boys against men after suffering back-to-back defeats both at home and away to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League.
Domestically, where the (now more than ever) more important matter of winning the title was at stake, United found themselves two points adrift of local rivals Manchester City and a seemingly huge distance behind in the goal difference column, by the end of the month a frustratingly nervous and lucky 1-0 win at home to Fulham has left the reds two points CLEAR and just three goals behind City thanks to a monumental team effort during what – on paper – looked a very tricky month.
As we enter March we take another step closer to ‘squeaky bum time’. This February threw up tricky looking fixtures in the Premier League with trips to Stamford Bridge to face a ‘transitional’ Chelsea, and to Carrow Road to take on the relatively high-flying Norwich City. Sandwiched between those league games United
welcomed hosted Liverpool in a more highly anticipated than usual clash thanks to the return of racist centre forward Luis Suarez who unforgivably failed to shake the hand of United captain, Patrice Evra. Consecutive Thursday nights were taken up tackling Ajax in a somewhat haphazard manner in the highly coveted Europa League.
January saw United compete in the ‘Tie of the Round’ twice in the FA Cup beating neighbours City 3-2 at The Emptihad but falling disappointingly short without creating many chances at Anfield later in the month. In the Barclays Premier League the reds saw off the challenge from Bolton and Stoke at Old Trafford without conceding a goal after coming unstuck for the first time in years at St James’ Park (Sports Direct Arena) at the start of the month. January also saw United secure a magnificent three points at The Emirates after a 2-1 win saw them keep pace with league leaders City.
Who stood out for you throughout the month of January 2012?
Or was it whoever booted the ball at Martin Keown’s head before the FA Cup clash between Arsenal and Leeds United?