Thursday, May 24, 2012

Manchester United 2012 Season Review

Team: Manchester United
Team Info:
League Standing: 2nd
Champions League: Group Stages
Europa League: Round of 16
FA cup: 4th Round
League Cup: 5th Round

3 minutes, thats what separated United and a 20th league title. As a United fan, I dismissed QPR's chances of taking anything out off the city game, but with City 2-1 down and 5 minutes left to play I was biting my finger nails, and praying for the ref to blow the whistle. But Dzeko and Aguero scored  and United ended the season with no trophies.

With 6 games left United were a massive 8 points ahead, and typically United would have seen the games out, but not this time, an unexpected loss at Wigan brought down the lead to 5, after which united blew a 4-2 lead at home to Everton and when united lost to city 1-0 at the Eithad, we all knew it was curtains for United.

What made this season's disappointment more tough was the champions league fiasco. I mean a team of United caliber was expected to make it into the semis at the very least, but with one of the easiest groups United finished 3rd and had the face the ignominy of playing in the Europa league and adding insult to injury Bilbao played United out of the game in both the legs.

Reasons for United failing to win any trophy this season are Vidic's injury, no replacement for Scholes, who later on did come back to add some class to the midfield, Cleverley and Anderson getting injured, Hernandez and his loss of form. United should have bought Wesley Sneijder, but the partnership of Cleverley  and Anderson looked really good in the first few games before both of them got injured, then Scholes and Carrick formed another awesome partnership dominating the midfield.

Things for untied to look up for are Rooney's form, Valencia and Rafa's partnership, Young and Nani vying for places, Scholes staying on for another year, Vidic coming back. So things dont look that bad, and with Fergie masterminding another transfer season, United should be fighinting for their 20th title.

Transfer Rumors: Hazard, the Belgian wonderkid is being chased by the Manchester duo and Chelsea, so United have a fight on their hands with city's unlimited money and Chelsea's status as kings of europe, Kagawa looks like he is going to join us, Untied are also in for Leighton baines. So Manchester United are looking to cover up all their weaknesses i.e., a central creative MF to take over Scholes, a left back to cover/takeover Evra and a striker.

With more players from the reserves stepping up, the new players and Fergie's tenacity Untied should be favorites to win a few trophies next year, so Manchester is due a red make over

Dream Team Next Year:

                                                      De Gea

                         Rafael       Evans/Rio          Vidic      Evra

                                         Cleverley      Martinez

                         Valencia               Kagawa              Nani

Season Rating:  ***1/2


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