I admit I’m a bit late in putting my awards selection together for two reasons I’m trying to extend the football season to suit myself and because I haven’t yet made up my mind who I will award each thing to! I’m hoping as I sit down to write this that it will all come together… here’s hoping!
Best Player – Had Nani kept up his early season form then this would have been his. For me two players stood out across the season and these were Van Der Sar and Vidic. I was very much on the happy side when Vidic was handed the captain’s armband and I think he showed great maturity and spirit throughout the season. Van Der Sar is a close runner up though, very close.
Best Goal this season – My favourite goal of the season was at Wembley in the Community Shield against Chelsea. Chicharito’s goal was just not technically well struck (don’t try it kids or adults you will hurt yourself!) but it went in! It’s perhaps not just the goal but how happy he was after. He went on to score a lot more, he’s still the best bit of talent we’ve ever got in the transfer market in my eyes!
Best Moment – This could be controversial and I don’t mean it to be. The whole “Rooney hissy fit” as I call it was possibly the best moment of the season… hear me out before you moan. At the time I was hurt but mostly I was disappointed that the whole saga was brought out by the club. I’m not saying it’s good for fans to be kept in the dark about things but it seemed to be doing more damage than good in those early days of the news. But look how it turned out – with everyone knowing what had happened there really was no choice for Rooney to have to fight his way back into the fans hearts and do his talking on the pitch. Although it hurts to admit now that something that at the time hurt so much could turn good!
Best Match – v West Ham at Upton Park. I think we were all feeling pretty anxious at half time being 2-0 down and Upton Park has not been a happy ground for United. Then came a terrific turnaround which said a lot about the team and and how much they wanted this record 19th title. Rooney’s hatrick and a Chicharito goal saw us come away with 3 points in the bag. United never do things the easy way.
Special Mention award – Van Der Sar narrowly missed out on my player of the season award and he will be greatly missed by all. I loved Schmeichel but I think Van Der Sar could overtake him as my favourite United keeper. Gary Neville and Paul Scholes will also obviously be greatly missed. Can’t forget Sir Alex either… can you tell I’m struggling to pick one person! Argh.
My Special mention award goes to those who have retired this season, they gave so much and they will remain in our hearts forever. (Soppy I know!) I’ll send Sir Alex some wine instead, I think he’ll appreciate it more 😉
Thanks to all The Faithful writers and readers and here’s to the next season… 20th title? Yes please 🙂