Well there you have it folks, another season is in the record books and this time it says that Manchester United are Premier League champions. This time its different though, this time its bittersweet; Alex Ferguson retiring is a massive loss to football, and in particular Manchester United.
Sir Alex has made some superb transfers in his time and the astute signing of Robin van Persie has to be up there with them. The Dutchman scored a massive 30 goals in his debut season which has certainly made a big contribution in firing us to the title. At the time we didn’t expect this signature but now its clearer – Sir Alex wanted to retake the title back off City and end on a high.
My favourite moment of the season has to be the Manchester derby at the Etihad back in December. We threw away a two goal cushion and City had their tails up and looked like snatching a draw. Up steps Robin van Persie, he nestled a freekick (albeit via a deflection) into the City goal in injury time. A game which extended our lead at the top of the pile.
On the flip side of this, the worst moment has to be the Madrid tie at home. We were one up with around 30 minutes to go, we looked comfortable and Madrid didn’t look up for it. Then a ridiculous refereeing decision ruined everything. Nani was sent off for a high challenge and then Madrid took over, scoring two within the next 10 minutes to take the tie out of our hands. Looking back now, you now know why it meant so much to Ferguson – it was his final shot at European glory.
A special mention goes to Paul Scholes as well. The midfielder has been one of the best servants to our great club. His season hasn’t gone exactly according to plan but its still sad to see another legend drift into retirement. Thanks for everything Scholsie!
Sadly todays game didn’t go according to plan; We were 5-2 up with less than half an hour to play, and some dodgy defending and goalkeeping allowed West Brom back into the game, and eventually we gifted them a point.
He still had time to break one more record though, being involved in the first 5-5 draw in Premier League history.
What a man. What a legend. Thank you Sir Alex