Next week, a player-by-player assessment of 2011/2012 will appear on the site. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these.
Goal of the season
In the league, Crouchie’s goal against City was the one. For United, Fletcher’s curling, side-footer in the debacle against City takes the plaudits. A calm finish under immense pressure. This guy cannot return to action soon enough for me.
Signing of the season
Phil Jones. With his marauding runs forward, rugby player’s frame, and no-nonsense approach to tackling Jones fitted right in. Seasoned reds have mentioned him in the same breath as Duncan Edwards and I, for one, am a big fan.
Player of the season
Absolutely Wayne Rooney. A masterclass in finishing and teamwork. Ronaldo and Messi duke it out in Spain every week, but every manager in world football would take Rooney if they could.
Young player of the season
David de Gea. Our Spanish goalkeeper earned us points this season. To go in goal for Manchester United at such a young age takes some cojones. He will get better and better.
Form in Europe. Whilst we United fans are spoilt in comparison to most with the number of big European nights we have enjoyed over the years, it still hurt to be dumped out of two competitions unceremoniously. Whilst Bilbao deserve much credit for both of their results against us, the attitude of the players in the games against Basle was just not good enough.
Blogger of the season?
Danny Welbeck. His goals this year have been world class. An immense career awaits this guy if he can keep his head on his shoulders.
Whatever happened to…?
Javier Hernandez. Not a great second season from the young Mexican. He has been overplayed in recent years and missed pre-season through injury. Fergie spoke about him getting a proper rest this summer and I hope he returns with his 2010/2011 form.
Pillock of the season
Kenny Dalglish, closely run by John Terry, who is always a strong contender in this category.
Missed opportunity of the season
Not enough use of Berbatov. Could he have unlocked City’s defence? We will never know now, I am sorry to see him go.
Best breakthrough of the season
Tom Cleverley. Those brief flashes in August and September seem a million miles away now. This kid turned the Charity Shield in our favour. In 2012, we will not contest the trophy.
Most refreshing surprise of the season
No United players injured on England duty.
The TMUS (they make us suffer) award
The final two minutes at the Stadium of Light, our Bayern Munich moment and karma delivering, finally. I never want to experience that again.
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