What on earth possessed to me think Wigan could cause an upset at Wigan? Blind faith if ever there was!
I’m proud of Manchester United this season, I really am. To compete for the title on the final day of the season is real credit to Sir Alex Ferguson, his back room staff and of course the players considering the injuries we have suffered in defensive positions.
At the height of the injury crisis we were missing not only the first choice defenders but also second choice. During games against Fulham and West Ham we were missing Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Brown, Neville, O’Shea, Rafael and also Van der Sar.
Surely questions should be asked of Chelsea? At the season started many of the so called experts predicted Chelsea would walk the league and United will struggle to finish in a Champions League (I guess some were desperate for United to fail…). This Chelsea team are not that special, the United team of the last three seasons would have won this league a month ago. So why has it taken the final day of the season for Chelsea to reclaim the title considering our struggles this season? Surely questions of Ancelotti should be asked? I doubt they will though…
There have been some real positives this season. Wayne Rooney has established himself as a truly World Class striker with 34 goals in 44 games in all competitions. Rooney now looks a natural striker, his movement and timing of runs is on a par with the top strikers.
Since the New Year Nani is finally starting to fulfil his potential. Nani has all the talent in the world but can be very frustrating; he is now finally learning what is required to play in a team. He is learning the subtleties of when is the correct time to pass, cross or shoot. Nani is also showing a greater appetite for work rate chasing back defenders.
Many opposition fans laughed on hearing we had signed Antonia Valencia from Wigan, however £16 million looks a cracking deal. With the departure of Ronaldo there was a huge void to fill. Valencia is not a like for like replacement, he is your traditional winger getting chalk on his boots and whipping in crosses. Having to cope with the pressure of being seen as Ronaldo’s replacement Valencia has been very impressive and will surely only improve. Seven goals and numerous assists should be his starting base for next season.
Rafael is a big positive. Throughout the season I’ve been worried about the right back spot and felt we should reinforce the position during the summer, not now though. Rafael has made strides this season which suggest he will be a top player for years. Plus he is not scared to get stuck in. Of course Rafael has made mistakes but he will learn with experience.
2009/10 season a success or failure?
Overall, I would say success to a point. This team is in transition and we’ve still competed to the bitter end. Next season we’ll be much stronger and I believe we will win the league. A slight tweaking is required rather than wholesale changes. A couple of new faces to freshen up the squad.
The victory against Aston Villa in the Carling Cup final means we have still won a trophy. The Carling Cup is probably the lowest on the list of the competitions we would want to win before the season started but it is a trophy none the less.
I really can’t wait for next season to begin already. The summer is going to be a long one…
We’ll never die, we’ll never die,
We’ll never die, we’ll never die,
We’ll keep the Red flag flying high,
‘Cos Man United will never die