Saturday, May 14, 2011

Manchester United 19 - 18 Liverpool

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WAYNE ROONEY smashed Manchester United to a record 19th title with a contentious penalty leveller.

The striker asked to leave Old Trafford in October but will stay a United legend for ever after they passed the 18 top-flight crowns won by bitter rivals Liverpool.

Rooney's 72nd minute spot-kick cancelled out Brett Emerton's stunning opener midway through the first half as United sneaked the point they needed to end Chelsea's title hopes.

No-one can doubt that Alex Ferguson's have been the best all-round team this season, even if efficiency more than their traditional flair has been their strongest weapon.

Park Ji- Sung: United's Unsung Hero

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He can be considered Sir Alex Ferguson’s secret weapon. More times than not he has played his part in decisive goals and always performs on the big occasion. Forget Wayne Rooney, forget Javier Hernandez and the rest bar one man; Park Ji-Sung. The 5ft 10” South Korean may not be the high profile signing that Manchester United fans often cry out for but when called upon, he has rarely lets his team mates and, perhaps more importantly, the fans down.

Signed from PSV Eindhoven for £4m back in 2005, his high work-rate and never-say-die attitude has seen him win plaudits from a number of members of media who have often praised the now former South Korea international. While injuries have, at times, heavily impacted Park’s input, he has still helped United to three Premier League trophies, three Carling Cup wins, a Community Shield, the 2008 Champions League and, with it, the 2008 FIFA World Club Cup.

Milestones for Park include becoming the first ever Asian player to captain United, the first man from South Korea to win the Premier League in 2007 and the first ever Asian player to play in a Champions League final back in 2009; a feat achieved off the back of his goal in the semi-final second leg against Arsenal.

Alan Hansen: Manchester United are ill-equipped to stifle Barcelona's brilliance

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Sir Alex Ferguson will have to take a leaf out of Jose Mourinho’s book if Manchester United are to win what looks likely to be another Champions League final against Barcelona.

He must do what Inter Milan did last year and what Real Madrid tried to do last week. He must kill the game and, to the purists, spoil the occasion. It is not pretty.

But it is the only way to win.

What Mourinho’s Madrid did in the Bernabeu on Wednesday night was hellish to watch. It made one of the most appetising semi-finals in recent years a non-event.

Barcelona did not cover themselves in glory, with their histrionics and theatrics, but it was Mourinho’s tactics which made for an almost tragic spectacle.

For a Real Madrid manager to do that is almost unthinkable. At home, in the Champions League, with the world watching, with all of the history and tradition of the Bernabeu, and when he will never have a better chance to get at Barcelona.

So exactly how bad are Manchester United?

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So, having briefly opened up a double-digit lead in the title race, Manchester United enter a week that could define their season a healthy seven points clear of second-placed Arsenal.

Of course, this team could still win nothing in which case it will be consigned to the dustbin of history but even if it does pick up a bauble or two, well, then the headlines have already been written; this will officially be the worst Manchester United team to win the title. And that must be true, because it's what the men from the papers say.

Take Matt Dickinson of The Times, on Sky's Sunday Supplement following Manchester United's 4-2 victory over West Ham he was emphatic in his conclusion: "It's a remarkable success story even though we are going to write this is the worst United team to win the title. This is the worst of Man United's teams to win the title - I don't think there's any question of that."

Ronaldo & Co Nike Brazil Commercial

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Shit Lookalikes: Neil Warnock & Kreacher The House Elf

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