Season’s End

It should be a no brainier that my first post would be on United, specially their finishing of the 2006/07 season. United began the season’s campaign with a lot of uncertainties, how will they fill the void of Ruud’s departure? how will the back four hold up? how will Glazer debt affect their ability to participate in the transfer window? and how will the side survive the injury bug through the season?. On top of that many were ignorantly questioning the gaffer’s ability to coach and some ludicrously were asking for his firing.

I thought Manchester United needed a lot to wrestle the Premiership trophy from the clutches of Chel$ki but after the Chel$ki’s summer signings of Ballack and Shevchenko I pretty much handed the title to the Blues. So if you had walked up to me before season’s kick-off and told me United would win the EPL, reach the Champion’s League semis and FA Cup finals I would be asking you to pass along whatever you were smoking so I too could reach that same hallucinating high with you.

But by season’s end the Red Devils proved all their critics wrong and answered many of the questions asked of them at the beginning of the season. When the gaffer left go of his conservative tactics the lads played the kind of football that was a joy to watch and left many of their opponent marveling at their display.

The Joyful Surprises:

Christiano Ronaldo superb form

United’s goal downpour on the EPL, especially as everyone contributed to it

The old guards (Gigsy & Ginga Ninja) return to form

Carrick’s impact on the midfield

The emergence of Evra and Vidic at the back

The Wretched Surprises

The gaffers utilization of 5-4-1 formation

The continous faith being shown for Kieran Richardson

None purchase of a central striker along with the loaning of Rossi to Parma

The 2007/08 season looks to be a bright one for the United side. With the youngsters (Lee, Shawcross, Gray and Rossi to name a few) looking ready for first team action coupled with a few good signings to come, I see united as a side ready to battle on all three fronts for silverware.

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