Too Little Too Late For United

9 05 2010

Manchester United 4
Fletcher 31, Giggs 38 Higgingbottom (og) 53 Park 84
Stoke 0

Going into the final game of the Barclay’s Premier League’s season, Manchester United needed a miracle to help them to a record fourth consecutive league title. Frantically throughout the duration of the match fans were on their phones desperate to see that Wigan Athletic had prevented Chelsea from a victory, which would see them win the title for the first time since the 2005/06 season.

United’s players couldn’t let this play on their minds and needed to make sure whatever happened, they won. Old Trafford was roaring from the start with the fans desperate to give the players a boost. Luis Nani was the catalyst to a dangerous start as he lofted a dangerous cross in which Dimitar Berbatov headed over, leaving him looking to the sky, a sign United fans have seen too many times. 10 minutes later the same happened from the opposite wing, lovely cross by Nani and Berbatov’s header grazed the top of the crossbar; it seems nothing will go right for the Bulgarian. It took 31 minutes before we saw the breakthrough. It might have been scrappy, but that was the least of the Red Devils concern. Ryan Giggs corner ricocheted of two players before bouncing to the feet of Darren Fletcher to tap in. The midfielder has been one of the stars of the season for United and was a fitting way to end the season with his fourth of the campaign.

Scholes Did All That He Could

Paul Scholes Did All That He Could

Berbatov showed a sign of why he was bought for £30.75 million, with a turn of pace he took on right back Andy Wilkinson before slipping a ball into the box to be coolly finished by Giggs. Stoke City didn’t create any meaningful chances until added time when Fuller’s shot was parried by Edwin Van der Sar. The reds went three up 13 minutes into the second half when Fletcher put a through ball into the box, Wayne Rooney pulled it back and Danny Higginbottom, in trying to prevent Nani from getting the ball, put it into his own net. It could have been four 25 minutes from the end, Rooney fashioned an audacious pass from inside his own half, but Nani’s shot was well saved to the left of Asmir Begovic.

On the 75 minute mark Stoke showed they were still in the game, Delap with a diving header which produced a miraculous save by Van der Sar. The keeper replicated it again three minutes later from Danny Pugh’s long range effort showing great agility for a 39 year old. Substitute Park Ji-Sung got the fourth with five minutes remaining from another corner by Giggs, and the number 13 scored a diving header. Worrying signs for England towards the end of the game with Rooney limping off with a groin injury, but on the plus side captain Rio Ferdinand came through the 90 minutes unscathed.

Victory came to no avail for the Red Devils, but one thing’s for sure, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team will be back next season.

As seen on – A Different League

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9 05 2010
reece3

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17 05 2010
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22 05 2010
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