Hello! Firstly I want to apologise for my recent absence from my beloved blog…however, trying to balance schoolwork, friends, exercise and this blog is proving a tad bit difficult.
In between this and my last post United have hit Blackburn for seven, both the Blackpool and Chelsea game were postponed, United continued to show whose boss in their clashes against the Gunners, Chelsea have completely lost the plot, Anderson and Berbatov have regained their form and most favourable United are top of the league!
Anyway enough with the recap, here I’ll be announcing my Player of the Year for United, my Most Improved Player, my Young Player of the year, my Game and Goal of the Year and my Player to look out for in 2011.
Player Watch 2011
Over a month ago and this would have been a straightforward decision….Rafael. The lad has been a revelation since he joined the club and this season he has made the right back spot his own. However, ever since United hammered Blackburn Anderson has been back to his brilliant best even scoring a goal against Valencia and being rewarded a new five year contract. We all know that Rafael has pretty much cemented his place at right back however, Anderson still remains an enigma so based on that Anderson is my United player to watch for in 2011.
Game Of The Year
Last year this would have been an easy choice the 4-3 derby between United and City. However, the four Manchester derby’s this year have produced 8 goals, one more than that epic clash in 2009. There has been plenty of eventful games year…. the 3-2 between United and Bayern Munich back in April which was a cracker of a game, but not so much as a result for United as the Reds were knocked out of Europe on away goals. The 3-1 destruction of Arsenal at the Emirates back in January was great for us United fans but in fairness Arsenal offered little that day. So after plenty of pondering it was pretty obvious what game it had to be… United 3 – 2 Liverpool. Although Liverpool were nowhere near the side they were back in 2008/09 it’s always great to beat the scousers. In a game which saw Liverpool come back from 2-0 to draw level and they looked certain to deny United a deserved three points, but with minutes to spare much discussed striker Dimitar Berbatov rose to head the ball to round of his hat trick to the delight of the Old Trafford crowd. So for a roller coast of a ride the game of the year has to go to United’s 3-2 victory over Liverpool.
Goal Of The Year.
Another difficult decision, not by the lack of quality, but by the sheer amount of it. They were so many great strikes. Nani’s goal against Arsenal where he went pass three Arsenal defenders before dinking it over the helpless Almunia. Then, in the same game there was a brilliant counter attack led by Park, Nani and the eventual scorer Wayne Rooney as the three ripped through the Arsenal defence to leave the Emirates crowd stunned and sent United on their way to another famous victory over the Gunners. Then, they were Nani’s brilliant flick against Bayern Munich to send United two nil up, Nani’s little dink over Gomes to keep United in the title race, Nani’s shot with the outside of the foot the following week to keep United 19th title hopes alive and this season Nani’s brilliant solo run against Bolton which started his own half and finished in the back of the Bolton net. Then they were Chicharito’s audacious backwards header against Stoke, Berbatov’s quite brilliant overhead kick in my game of the year against Liverpool. However, my goal of the year took place in United’s biggest win of the year….the 7-1 victory over Blackburn. Here is the goal:
My Young Player Of The Year
This is the award for the best player under 21 years old. This was the easiest of all my decisions because there was only one decision I could make….. Rafael Da Silva. The young Brazilian has had an eventful year he’s got into the Brazil squad (a squad that consists Dani Alves and Maicon two of the best right backs in the world ), he was sent off against Bayern Munich in a game where he was outstanding and most importantly he has rightly taken his place as United’s best right back – a place he will surely keep for a long time to come.
Most Improved Player
This goes to the player who has dramatically improved from 2009 and 2010. This was a difficult choice because both players have come on leaps and bounds. I am of course talking about Dimitar Berbatov and Luis Nani. Nani re-ignited his Man United career back in January with that performance against Arsenal. Berba scored against Chelsea in the Community Shield and has never looked back, scoring a hat trick against Liverpool and rising to become United’s and the Premier League’s top scorer for this season – beating his tally for his last two seasons for United. This was a really difficult decision, but taking into account that Berbatov has displaced a man who scored 34 goals last season to become United’s main goalscorer then my pick is Dimitar Berbatov.
Player Of The Year
Unlike the Ballon d’Or this award goes for the player who has been great all year long and not for a few months. Wayne Rooney was fantastic for the first three or four months. Berbatov has been brilliant for the last three or four months. Paul Scholes has been sensational in patches while Rio Ferdinand has been back to his solid best since his return to the side injury free. If Antonio Valencia hadn’t received that injury in Setember then he surely would have been a contender. They were only three players who I considered for this award. Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Luis Nani. Nemanja has been a rock at the back all year long. Patrice keeps showing us that he’s one of the best if not the best left back in the world. However, my award goes to Nani. The guy has been unreal since the turn of the year scoring ten goals and making assist after assist. He is currently joint top assist maker this season. Here’s a video I made for United’s magic winger.