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Manchester United’s Top 10 PL Goals

Ever since the Premier League was started back in 1992 Manchester United have gone from strength to strength. 12 League titles, most wins, most goals scored, and thanks to a bullet header from a certain Cristiano Ronaldo against Middlesbrough, United were also the team to reach 1000 goals first. The Premier League has been United’s league, and with Arsenal and Chelsea both having 9 less titles than us we can rightfully claim it to be our trophy. It is very hard to create a Top 10 list of our best Premiership goals the last 19 years, but here is the choice based on quality, magnitude, and being the type of goal only a Manchester United player could score.

10. The Long Range Strike: David Beckham vs Wimbledon – August 1996 @ Selhurst Park
We all remember this goal, don’t we? A pale, rather unknown David Beckham, receiving the ball within his own half, looking up and having a shot which travelled straight into the net, leaving !”#! stranded. Scored on the opening day of the 1996/97 season, our youngsters had already proved that United actually could win with kids, collecting the League title the year before. Although young David had proven his quality the year before, leading United to a League and cup double, this was the goal that really kick started his career. Fame, fortune, and comparisons to the great Pele came his way after this magnificent goal. David Beckham was born.

Honorable mentions: Mark Hughes vs Sheffield Wednesday – March 1994, & Danny Welbeck vs Stoke – November 2008

9. The Volley: Wayne Rooney vs Newcastle United – April 2005 @ Old Trafford
The 2004/05 season is probably the darkest we have had at Manchester United since Eric Cantona was suspended for 9 months a previous 10 years ago. We started the season without a suspended Rio Ferdinand, Carroll and Howard took turns making colossal mistakes in our goal, Ruud went injured and missed the latter part of the campaign, the Glazers took over our club, as well as United ending in third spot and losing the most one-sided FA Cup final in living memory to Arsenal. During this dark, dark season we all needed some light in our lives. Step up Wayne Rooney! Bought on the transfer deadline day for a whooping £30 million, he scored 18 goals in all competitions, won the PFA Young Player of the Year award, winning the penalty and putting the nail in the coffin against Arsenal to end their 49-game unbeaten run, along with scoring some of the best goals Old Trafford has seen. And none better than this powerful, swerving, deadly accurate drive from a raging Rooney. Complaining to the ref about a free kick seconds before, he put his whole energy through this kick which almost ripped the net at the Stretford End.

Honorable mentions: Scholes vs Villa – December 2006, & Kanchelskis vs Nottingham Forest – August 1994

8. The Skill: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Aston Villa – March 2008 @ Old Trafford
As Manchester United fans we can praise ourselves for being lucky enough to witness the kind of talent that has graced Old Trafford. These special players, amongst the best in the world, have that certain extra inch of skill in their feet that makes them so valuable when nothing else seems to work. And who else but Cristiano Ronaldo has stood for the most exhilarating piece of skill Old Trafford has seen, which also ended up in the back of the net. During the “Squeaky Bum Time” of the Double winning 2007/08 season, Aston Villa came to Old Trafford looking to put a stop to the goalscoring machine which was Manchester United. But the greatest goalscorer on the pitch that day made Villa suffer just a quarter of an hour in. Whilst the chaos in the penalty box might unsettle most players in the world, Ronaldo kept his calm and finishing with the great arrogance only he possessed. A heel flick, between the defenders legs, making way for a 4-0 win which meant United stood firmly on the top of the table going into April.


Honorable mentions: Cantona and Irwin vs Spurs – October 1993, & Nani vs Arsenal – January 2010

7. The Header: Steve Bruce vs Sheffield Wednesday – March 1993 @ Old Trafford
THE ultimate comeback! Who does it better than Manchester United? If you don’t know the story of this goal, I suggest you open a book. Whichever book that can tell you what Manchester United are. This goal simply epitomizes it. 1-0 down in the second half, 7 minutes of added time, the first Premiership title on the line. Steve Bruce had already headed a corner in to make it 1-1 before United won another set piece. Trying to swing it in twice, withouth anyone getting their head on it, Gary Pallister chased the ball out to the right, putting in a cross which only his centre-back partner Steve Bruce was getting to. Going in with the bravery, attitude and relentlessness only a Manchester United captain could do, he scored the goal that made Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Kidd celebrate their first Premier League trophy. If this goal had not been scored, who knows where Manchester United would have ended up today!

Honorable mentions: Ferdinand vs Liverpool – January 2006, & Solskjær vs Leeds United – October 2002

6. The Thunderbolt: Paul Scholes vs Middlesbrough – April 2000 @ The Riverside
The thunderbolt is known in football as the unstoppable shot. A shot struck with such velocity and fierce power that even if the goalkeeper could stop it, he would not dare it. After his magnificent volley against Bradford, the ginger prince said: “I’d rather hit a shot with major accuracy and medium power, than full power with little accuracy”. How about a bit of both, eh? When Gary Neville rolled the ball out to Scholesy, I doubt even he could picture him scoring a goal like that. Out of nowhere, probably the hardest shot he has ever hit, right into the top corner. Although the goalie may have tried to save it, I think he feels pretty lucky that it did not touch him.

Honorable mentions: Ronaldo vs Portsmouth – February 2006, & Nani vs Chelsea – September 2011

5. The Individual: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Fulham – February 2007 @ Craven Cottage
That boy Ronaldo again! Having gone 3 seasons without winning the Premier League, people were starting to doubt Fergie and Manchester United. Having played amazing football right up to the midweek trip away to Lille, United were favorites to win the title. But with a small squad, and games coming thick and fast, this had all the makings of a slip up. Looking tired after the trip to France, Fulham took the lead through Brian McBride and dominated possession. Giggsy quickly equalized with a crisp volley, but after that it was all Fulham, Edwin Van der Sar producing sever world class saves to keep them at bay. Then, on 87 minutes, up pops Ronaldo! Having played almost every game for United that season, you would expect him to be tired and frustrated after barely getting a touch of the ball up to then. But as the physical beast he is, he ran past two Fulham players, before getting into the box and striking the ball into the bottom corner. The celebrations said it all, and for the first time since 2003 Manchester United started to believe they could actually win the title.

Honorable mentions: Giggs vs QPR – February 1994, & Ruud vs Fulham – April 2003

4. The “Written in the Stars”: Federico Macheda vs Aston Villa – April 2009 @ Old Trafford
At Manchester United we’ve had many moments which can be described as Poetic Justice. Cantona winning us the title in 1996 after being out the past season, or Wayne Rooney winning it for United at Goodison Park completing our turnaround from 2-0 down after 50 minutes. But no, this title belongs to our young Italian striker. Making his Manchester United debut, a lot of people wondered what Fergie was thinking putting him on in place of Nani. Coming on while United were 2-1 down to Villa, he scored one of the most amazing goals Old Trafford has seen after Ronaldo equalized. 93 minutes, Villa trying to run the clock down, when Gary Neville receives the ball on the right hand side and looks for a target. After having a poor first touch, the ball goes out to Giggsy who passes it onto young Kiko, who makes an amazing turn and finishes right into the corner of the net. Cue euphoria at Old Trafford, with the whole ground losing their mind and celebrating like men possessed. A star was born, and if his future is somewhere else than Old Trafford, he will still always be remembered as the man who scored the goal which put United on equal League titles with Liverpool.

Honorable mentions: Giggs vs Wigan – May 2008, & Rooney vs Everton – April 2007

3. The Counter Attack: Andrei Kanchelskis vs Norwich – April 1993 @ Carrow Road
Counter attack is often related to Manchester United, as the move was our trademark during the 90’s. Giggs and Kanchelskis could tear teams apart with their pure pace, and along with Cantona and Sharpe these four created an awful lot of goals for United. When United visited Carrow Road in April 1993, Norwich City were a major title contender and anything else than a win for United would put severe pressure on them. However, United prevailed, and in what fashion! 3-0 up at half time, and every goal scored with a sheer directness that has never been seen before. Giggs, Ince and Kanchelskis ran straight through the Norwich defence, and exposed their high line. The best goal was by far our second goal, where Andrei Kanchelskis finished off a slick one-touch move starting inside our own penalty box, and running past the whole Norwich team, rounding the keeper and finishing in style. Pure Manchester United magic!

Honorable mentions: Rooney vs Bolton – March 2007, & Cantona vs Sheffield United – November 1994

2. The Chip: Eric Cantona vs Sunderland –December 1996 @ Old Trafford
Eric the King at his best. The build-up, the goal, the celebration… Simply astonishing, and so superior that only Eric himself could have scored the goal. The win itself was an easy 5-0 win against Sunderland, but Cantona scored one of the most famous Old Trafford goals in living memory. Showing his close control and fighting himself past 3 Sunderland defenders, before playing a one-two with McClair and chipping the keeper from the edge of the box. The chip itself was magic, going in of the junction of the crossbar and post, but this goal will always be remembered for the celebration. It screamed out Cantona! “This is my home”, “Yes, I did that”, and “I am the king, you are my satisfied people” are all quotes that can be related to that celebration. The swagger of Cantona was there for everyone to see, and this was his greatest ever Old Trafford moment.

Honorable mentions: Sheringham vs Southampton – October 2000, & Beckham vs West Ham – March 2002

1. The Overhead Kick: Wayne Rooney vs Manchester City – February 2011 @ Old Trafford
Martin Tyler said it! “It defies description!” We have all seen it. We all remember it. I even remember watching the game in my living room, when Wazza, out of fucking nowhere, hit the ball into the top corner. I do not know how you guys reacted to it, but next thing I knew I was lying on the street outside screaming my head off. Really, the overhead kick Wayne Rooney scored against Manchester City back in February is the best goal United have scored in the Premier League era. A Manchester derby, against a title rival, the match-winner, meaning United led the table going into March looking for the record breaking 19th title. The goal itself may not be the best, because although it was a magnificent overhead kick we do see a lot of them around the world. Not as often at Old Trafford, but they are still not that rare. However, it is one of the best overhead kicks I have seen in my life, with the quality of the strike leaving Joe Hart stranded. But the sheer magnitude of it is what makes this my choice for number one. The surroundings of Wayne Rooney’s season are also influential, with this strike signaling the change from the Wayne Rooney who could not hit a barn door from 2 yards, to one of the best players in the world.

Honorable mentions: Berbatov vs Liverpool – September 2010, & Andy Cole vs Leicester City – November 1999

We are lucky to have witnessed so many great goals as Manchester United fans, and if you would add the goals in the FA Cup and the Champions League this list would have gotten a whole lot longer! Ronaldo against Porto, Scholesy’s scorcher against Barcelona, when Ryan Giggs just ran through Arsenal in 1999, and the team goal Alan Smith finished off against Roma in the 7-1 win are all amazing goals who would be on any Top 10 lists! We have seen some great goals fly in this season as well, with Nani’s first against City, Ashley Young against Arsenal, and Anderson against Spurs being some real world class goals. Hope we will see more of it this season!




  1. [OPTI]Madschester United

    11 October 2011 at 21:25

    Berba’s overhead against Liverpool is in my top 5. Cantona’s chip is my #1.

    Quality stuff!!!

    • RedDevilEddy

      11 October 2011 at 21:28

      Personally I love the Ronaldo goal against Fulham as “The Individual”. A real Ronaldo goal, the kind of he should have scored more often had he not been fouled. Basically won us the title that season, mesmorizing stuff!

      • Ian

        11 October 2011 at 21:38

        Prefer Ruud’s individual effort v Fulham at OT tbh.

        Think Scholes’ volley v Villa is also better than Rooney’s v Newcastle.

    • Grognard

      12 October 2011 at 18:19

      Totally agree with that.

  2. Moscow is my heaven

    11 October 2011 at 22:00

    Turkey = Job done

    Bring on Ronaldo and co in the play offs 😈 😈 😈

  3. [OPTI]Madschester United

    11 October 2011 at 22:59


    Denmark to win it all! 😈 😈 😈

  4. jos

    12 October 2011 at 03:44

    Hey Eddy

    I saw one Singh playing for Norway U21 against Eng U21. Wanna tell something about him? Whos the player, what role does he play. The name means he is of Indian origin (or one of his parents is).

    Top list this one. Rooney’s goal against City is my fav as well. When the ball went in I screamed “FUCK” so hard that my 1yo daughter woke up with a startle! Since then she also has become Man Utd fan!

    • RedDevilEddy

      12 October 2011 at 14:03

      A lot of footballers in Norway have a parent with Indian background. I don’t know a lot about the Singh you may be talking about, only one I know is Harmeet Singh and he’s pretty decent. Don’t really follow Norwegian football, it’s too little defensive organisation and slow attacking football for my liking. 😐

  5. colver

    12 October 2011 at 03:55

    You crazy Eddy? Where is the Scholes goal against Barcelona 2008? It needed a special goal to break over two hours of deadlock. And you don’t get much more special than that.


  6. colver

    12 October 2011 at 03:56

    My bad just read the post title again Premiership Goals! Shouldn’t post during episodes of insomnia

  7. Dave

    12 October 2011 at 04:27

    I was at the Villa game when Macheda scored. Second row near the halfway line. Ronaldo did nothing all game then out of nowhere he brings the game back to life. I can’t really recall the goal itself….but the crowd went nuts afterwards. Only time I’ve ever gotten to a United game – as I live on the other side of the world -but hey I picked a pretty good one.

  8. kojeng

    12 October 2011 at 05:44

    Another counter-attack against Arsenal with Nani on the ball and Rooney scores. That’s one of my favourite.

    • RedDevilEddy

      12 October 2011 at 14:05

      I considered that, but because of the magnitude and beauty I chose Kanchelskis over it. Also felt the Rooney goal against Bolton is the most beautiful counter attack I’ve ever seen, flick and chips all over the place!

  9. Nuevo

    12 October 2011 at 07:54

    how about awards for “The Scrambled One”??
    Scholes against Shitty at the death on 17th April 2010.
    Though scholesy got his award from Rednev for that goal 😈 but a mention on Redrants is defintely required

  10. Nuevo

    12 October 2011 at 07:56

    Ian, I tried the Gravatar site mate…not sure what my avatar is but definitely not what i see above 🙄

    • Ian

      12 October 2011 at 09:23

      Press F5 and it might sort it out when it refreshes.


      Log back into it and upload the image again, or try a different one.

  11. Irisheyes

    12 October 2011 at 13:13

    Oooh, I was at Old Trafford for the Ronaldo v Villa game. Most notable thing though was that Rooney had not scored in the league at home since October. Went and scored twice then. Those were the days of his drastic dry spells.

    I agree with most of your choices, however one of my personal favourites was Ronaldo’s goal against Blackburn in the 07/08 season.

    Blackburn had a corner, and it was headed away. I think then it was spread out wide to Tevez. As he sprinted on, I’m sure it was 75 yards Ronaldo made up in the matter of seconds to get on the end of a cross. Simply amazing goal, one that wont be remembered by many, but it really got us off the hook that day as Blackburn were finding their feet again in that game after Ronaldo had also scored a fine header.

    • RedDevilEddy

      12 October 2011 at 14:07

      It was a good goal, but not as good as the Kanchelskis one against Norwich if you ask me. That goal put us 2-0 up against a serious title contenter, and basically won us the game. This win, along with a followup against Crystal Palace won us the title that season, so that kind of pulls this one higher up the list.

  12. RedDevilEddy

    12 October 2011 at 14:11

    Just to say it was difficult to leave out some peaches from Becks, just looking at some of the goals he scored for this club really makes you see what a great talent he is. His free kicks were incredible in their own way, but looking at what goals he scored from open play… A curling one-touch kick against Blackburn in his first season, his thunderbolt of a swerving shot against Spurs in 99, his long range strike against Arsenal that same season, his chip against Birmingham… I can go on and on! The lad was pure magic, making a top 10 list of his Manchester United goals would be a challenge in itself!

  13. [OPTI]Madschester United

    12 October 2011 at 15:59

    PS: Change the top picture in the post — that’s from Champions League: Ronaldo’s goal against Inter in Mourinho’s first year to make it 2-0 — cross from Rooney, I think.

    • Ian

      12 October 2011 at 16:36

      Since when did Justin Hoyte and David Wheater play for Inter? 😆

      • Moscow is my heaven

        12 October 2011 at 17:01

        😆 😆 😆

      • RedDevilEddy

        12 October 2011 at 17:02

        It’s still not a Premiership goal, that is Ronaldo scoring against Boro in the 2008/09 Carling Cup 3rd round!!!

        • Ian

          12 October 2011 at 17:17

          Are you sure it’s not the bullet header you were on about?

        • Ian

          12 October 2011 at 17:21

          Fair play….it’s the game Possebon suffered the injury thanks to Pogatetz.

          I tell you, before that he was some talent 😥

        • RedDevilEddy

          12 October 2011 at 17:59

          I see he plays with Neymar for Santos these days? Doesn’t seem to have turned out too bad for him, of course there is no place like United but it’s good he overcame his injury to have an alright football career

      • [OPTI]Madschester United

        12 October 2011 at 19:54

        😳 😳 😳 😳 😳 😳

        Her’s my excuse

        But at least my gut instinct was right about non-EPL. pic.

        • Ian

          12 October 2011 at 22:16

          I’d say ‘easy mistake to make’…..but it isn’t… I won’t!

          And there’snot enough shameful smilies there to cover it!! lol I’d need at least double that to think you actually meant it!

  14. Grognard

    12 October 2011 at 18:08

    Nice article Eddy. Disagree on #1 though. Nothing and I mean nothing beats the cheeky brilliance of Eric Cantona’s chip and his added reaction after the goal. It is embedded in our minds, hearts and in our souls and is one of the reasons most of us anoint him King. Secondly, Berba’s overhead kick last season against Liverpool was also special as was Mickey Owen’s winner vs Man City. A great goal is further punctuated and memorable by what it meant at the time. Nice list.

    • RedDevilEddy

      12 October 2011 at 18:35

      Thanks! 🙂 I gave my reasons as to why I chose the Rooney overhead kick as the number 1, but it was a real close contest between that and Cantona… What decided it for me was the game and what it meant, with that goal putting us in pole position for the record breaking 19th title.

  15. RedDevilEddy

    12 October 2011 at 18:54

    Ronaldo scored some fucking great free-kick against Denmark last night!!! 😯

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      12 October 2011 at 19:55

      pretty amazing, yes! Pretty poor goalkeeper too… I was surprised that he did not take any other freekicks on that night…

      • RedDevilEddy

        12 October 2011 at 20:08

        Then who took them? 😕 I didn’t get to see the match as Norway was in action(sadly, fucks sake I hate that kind of football Drillo plays. It’s like watching Stoke without the passion, ffs! 🙄 )

        • [OPTI]Madschester United

          13 October 2011 at 09:14

          some knob on their right wing (defender, I think) kept trying to cross freekicks into the box… I was happy without Ronaldo taking them === DK in EUROS!

  16. tonymontanna4united

    12 October 2011 at 19:41

    Finally back from sickness, at long last, so hopefully i’ll be back alot more from now on and wont keep missing whats going on.
    As for this article , some great goals eddy, and too many crackers that we also have to leave out, but i think if it was my own personal list, id go with the following as my top 5.

    5th, the volley- rooneys against newcastle was great, but without doubt has to be scholesy’s against bradford city for me. Corner from becks, delivered to precision (as always) right to scholes on the edge of the area, volleys it right into the bottom corner. Magnificent. Scholes’ goal against villa a few years ago was class aswell, but i just think because it was such a magnificent ball from becks (alot harder delivery than it looks), along with the finish from scholes, and it being such a rare sort of goal, that id have to go for this one.

    4th- the overhead kick by rooney, as you’ve got already. Some may think it should feature a little higher than 4th, and im not denying it was a great great goal, but because it appeared to come a little off his shin, rather than cleanly off his foot, and because im really more a fan of team goals, moments of genius in the build up play before the goal etc, whilst i marvel at the way wayne took his goal, i still think there are others better than this. Sorry.

    3rd- the counter attacking goal- love that one against norwich, but unfortunately what with being just a young kid at the time of that goal, naturally i have to go for one i remember from my life time. And for me, theres been few sweeter than rooneys against bolton back in 2007. Bolton with the throw in, gets headered away to ronaldo, passes to rooney, who delivers a lovely back heel reverse, both then breaking forward, ronaldo runs half the length of the pitch before squaring back to rooney who delivers a lovely dink over the advancing keeper to get his goal and kill off the game. Just an absolute peach, and a goal that i seldom ever hear being spoken about for some reason, despite the fact i think it was later voted goal of the 06/07 season. Anyway i thought it was class, so enjoy.

    2nd- the individual goal- hard to ignore any one of ronaldos dozens of great individual goals here, but i think considering the type of player he is, and the type of player my goal here was scored by, i think it makes it all the greater. Yes im talking about that great goal by mr ruud van nistelrooy against fulham. Just such an un ruud like goal really wasnt it. I mean picking the ball up from the half way line, running past 3/4 defenders through sheer pace and skill, before slotting past the keeper cool as you like. You just didnt expect to see that from ruud in a million years. Great great goal, that if i remember correctly came about the time of our resurgence in the PL, as we managed to come back and claw the title from le gooners (that 02/03 campaign is one of my personal favourites aswell by the way).

    1st- the chip- yes its got to be eric really doesnt it. What else needs to be said, just a thing of sheer beauty, and the celebration afterwards was just fucking classic. Loved that, and actually remember it some what, was about the time i was getting into football as a young lad, so it holds some special memories for me. Just wish id have had a little longer to enjoy watching the genius that was eric le king, as he retired later that year 🙁 Will always be a regret for me.

    But anyway, great post eddy, just too many great goals down to the years, to really do a definitive best 10 list really, but its good fun looking back at some goals from years gone by.

    • RedDevilEddy

      12 October 2011 at 20:05

      I too love the Rooney vs Bolton counter attack. It was just so fucking beautiful! Rooney and Ronaldo at their best, probably the biggest joy I’ve had as a United fan is watching them in full flow together. God I miss those days! 🙁 Hope we’ll see something similar by Rooney and Young, or Nani and Welbeck in the near future!

    • Ian

      12 October 2011 at 22:14

      Good to have you back mate 😀

  17. RedDevilEddy

    12 October 2011 at 20:15

    Some of the goals I found hard to leave out where:

    Scholes vs Villa, December 2006
    Anderson vs Spurs, August 2011
    Ruud vs Charlton, November 2005
    Andy Cole vs Leicester, January 2001
    Becks vs Spurs, on many occasions! 1997, 1999, 2000… Some fucking beauties he scored right there.
    And also the “goal that never was” against Chelsea in January 2009. Rooney rolling the ball from the corner flag, only for Giggsy to pick it up and put in a perfect cross that Ronaldo headed in. Shit ref who didn’t notice, I mean you’re supposed to be on your toes during the whole 90 minutes, not only when the ball is in play! 🙄 Great creativity and invention by United.

  18. RedDevilEddy

    12 October 2011 at 23:52

    I’m watching the Ronaldo – tested to the limit thingy made by Sky or whatever… Wow. Just wow! Ronaldo is a true unique specimen. It’s amazing what he can do, his body, his pace, his strength, just being the man he is shouldn’t be physically possible. We should be proud to have seen him play for United, he is a role model for everyone out there.

    The best, ever.

    • RedDevilEddy

      13 October 2011 at 14:31

      Whoever disliked that doesn’t appreciate or understand football.

  19. RedDevilEddy

    13 October 2011 at 00:03

    New 5 year deal for Chicharito!! :mrgreen:

    • Grognard

      14 October 2011 at 05:16

      Here’s hoping he doesn’t end up in Madrid within three years. Remember Ronaldo’s five year contract?

  20. [OPTI]Madschester United

    13 October 2011 at 09:15

    Ok, so why is insomnia spreading amongst RR users?

    • RedDevilEddy

      13 October 2011 at 09:50

      My question is, has Craig fallen into a permanent sleep or where the fuck is he?

      • Nuevo

        13 October 2011 at 10:29

        Craig’s gone on vacation to ‘Nani-loving-land’ he’ll be back to spew nani love this weekend after Nani gives a taste of his Mojo to Carragher Gerrard & Co. :mrgreen:

  21. Nuevo

    13 October 2011 at 10:31

    Btw is it just me or is anyone else jittery about the the next 2 weeks? ‘Pool somehow manage to come out all guns blazing against us and Shitty look pretty good right now 😐

    • RedDevilEddy

      13 October 2011 at 10:37

      Hope we’ll tear them both new arseholes.

  22. [OPTI]Madschester United

    13 October 2011 at 15:16

    6-2 against liverpol
    4-2 against City
    Mark my words!!!!!

    • RMJ

      13 October 2011 at 20:25

      2 things from that video
      1. How much I miss Scholes and the wonderful partnership he had with Carrick that year and who also was so confident with his passing. its a pity cos Utd fans didn’t like him from the start as he didn’t play like Keane and our other great defensive midfielders of old and the complaint that season was that he played like a Hollywood style ball passer which he curtailed to adapt and accommodate due to tactics so that Scholes when he lost his mobility.

      2. Secondly, Ronaldo since leaving us has become a lot softer. the la liga has clearly spoiled him and toned down his game. Gone are his beastly runs and its a pity. He could have achieved much more had he stayed with us.

  23. Grognard

    13 October 2011 at 19:27

    Rooney gets a three game ban for that? WTF??? Yet again, another reason why this sport will never ever make it big in North America. Ladies in dresses with handbags and the rules they live by. Perhaps one day it will once again become a man’s sport administered and organized by men for men. Rooney’s infraction was childish but did not deserve that kind of punishment considering some of the heinous tackles and fouls as well as theatrics that are condoned these days. The punishment does not fit the crime. It’s not as if he crippled the man. Jeez! 🙄 🙄 What a douche bag sport sometimes.

    • RedDevilEddy

      13 October 2011 at 19:29

      Carragher’s tackle on Nani last season only varranted a yellow card, and that kind of assult would have put him in jail had it not been on a footballpitch. Fucking joke! 🙄

    • ash is the man

      13 October 2011 at 22:33

      The rooney ban is definitely a conspiracy and for what reason I dont know. I thought uefa or fifa would want the best players on display in the finals- absolute joke and maybe they just dont want england to succeed- bloody joke
      and by the way even though he shouldnt of been banned for 3 games he was an absolute IDIOT for doing what he did

      • Grognard

        14 October 2011 at 05:11

        One day all supporters and fans of football will realize that this moronic and antiquated yellow and red card system used today is nothing more than a tool that punishes fans much more than players. To this day I am bitter over the accumulated yellow card rule that ruled out Michael Ballack from the 2012 World Cup final. As a fan you wait four years for a tournament and your team gets to the final but has to play without it’s best player and captain because of rules that were designed by soccer moms around a kitchen table and designed to protect their 10 year old sons.

        It’s all such girlyman bullshit and if anyone wants footballers to stop wearing dresses and act like men, they need to be treated like men. All fouls should be punished during the game and not punish teams, players and fans for future games. And if you have to take a hard line on a player, take it in the manner that hurts him and not his club and supporters, fine him heavily. Suspending Rooney for as silly an infraction as that only speaks about the vaginal secretions and odors emanating out of the head offices of FIFA, UEFA and the FA these days. Football has become as intolerable a sport to watch as Reality TV is to a purist with good taste.

        • Nuevo

          14 October 2011 at 10:53

          While the idea seemed good to me when i first read it…i think otherwise now.
          Do you think rooney would mind being docked a week’s wages?
          A player can just go ahead and hack the best player in the other team and then write a cheque for XXXX amount and when he knows that he’ll at most be suspended for the current match, he wont have any issues in making sure the best guy from another team is unavailable for, say the return leg of Euro 2012 playoff.

          It hurts most to sit out crucial matches when you know you could be making a difference for ur team, hence the suspension.
          Besides, monetising a punishment would be tough to enforce. How do you define a foul worth 10K vs a foul worth 20K?

  24. Moscow is my heaven

    13 October 2011 at 23:23

    It’s funny because England still have no choice but to pick Rooney for the squad because he is their only hope of getting anything from the Euros 😆 It makes me smile to see the egotistical FA board reduced to begging and pleading to UEFA (the only other organisation to match them in terms of arrogance and stupidity)

    Fancy that, England relying on a United player as their messiah for a major tournament. Where else have seen that before? 🙄

    Yet the Ingerland fans will call our players every name under the sun, but the minute he pulls on their national shirt they will demand him to perform. 🙄 🙄

    Perhaps it is asking too much of the FA to recognise that United consistently provide them with a far superior set of players than any other club, and that this should merit some sort of respect which we have so far never been given? 🙄 🙄 🙄

    England (football) = arrogant, classless and spoilt by Manchester United

    • Grognard

      14 October 2011 at 05:12

      It doesn’t matter because without Rooney available in the first round, England will not qualify for the knockout stage.

  25. Nikos

    14 October 2011 at 07:09

    There are so many goals to choose from. Of course you should make a top50 list.

    1. Yorke – Cole goals are sometimes something like a poem
    2. The overhead kicks of Rooney and Berba
    3. The Scholes volley against Bradford 2000

    so many of them

  26. tonymontanna4united

    14 October 2011 at 21:46

    My respect for wilshere has just shot up a million times over. Fair play to the guy, and RIP to the little fella, lets hope the lads offer up a fight tomorrow in the same manner little jack did.

  27. tonymontanna4united

    14 October 2011 at 21:57

    Im sure there’ll be a thread up for the game tomorrow later on, but man im feeling pumped for this game. Just hope we give it a bloody good go tomorrow, and not go down the usual route of padding out the midfield, going with 1 man up top, and looking to nick a goal on the counter. The scousers are there for the bloody taking as far as im concerned. Their defence is dire, and slow as berbatov right now, what the front 4 of nani, young, wazza and welbeck could do to them if they start, simple scares me.
    Would have loved to see clevs back in the team tomorrow, but from what ive heard, sounds like its too soon for him, and smalling too which is a shame.
    Means the midfield is really going to have to stand up and be counted, and do a bloody decent job of protecting the back 4, something it has seldom done so far this season. Think id throw fletcher in tbh, to go alongside ando, as i think despite his obvious poor form so far this season, his battling qualities, will be greatly needed.
    At the back sounds like rio and vida will be ok, which is a welcome boost, and it allows jones to fill in at RB and bomb forward, without leaving us gaping open at the back. Still scares the shit out of me seeing evra in the starting line up each week, i think hes been absolutely awful so far this season, but nothing we can do about that with no other options in reserve.
    As for goalkeeper, well i hear lindegaard will be missing anyway, but in any case the spaniard would be my choice between the sticks. Think hes been treated incredibly harshly but fans and media alike, as i feel hes looked very solid on the whole.
    So anyway my team for tomorrow would be as follows.
    De Gea
    Jones Rio Vidic Evra
    Nani Fletcher Ando Young

    As i said, hit them hard, exploit the weaknesses in that back line, and throw caution to the wind. With the form nani, young, wazza and welbs are in, it would be foolish to drop any of them, in favour of an extra man in midfield imo. But who knows with fergie, he seems to always favour the more conservative 4-5-1 in these type of games even though his record doing so is patchy at best. Lets hope its different this time then eh, as i bloody hate losing to the scousers.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      15 October 2011 at 04:30

      Attack attack attack!!!!

    • RedDevilEddy

      15 October 2011 at 07:35

      Fucking pumped!!!

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