At the start of the 2012/13 season teams and players begin with hope and expectations and I thought it would be interesting to review the players who least met expectations this season.
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An understrength Manchester United beat a Sunderland side at The Stadium of Light on 30th March 2013. Nothing surprising there but what did we learn?
Firstly we learned that Sunderland are a team in crisis.
Manchester United have done pretty well this season. The early parts were rather wobbly but performances over the past 3 odd months have seen them move way ahead in the Premier League title race. Here, let us see at which places can the squad be improved and who can be brought in for that!
Historically the style of play that Manchester United uses focuses primarily on their wingers.
Look over the archives and the Red Devils have been blessed with some aesthetically gifted footballers in these areas from George Best, Norman Whiteside, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo, to name just four.
QPR prepared for the visit of the Champions elect on a freezing February day by producing a pitch that makes Old Trafford look like a bowling green. That cold, hard, bobbly surface was presumably designed to bring us down to their level, and it largely worked.
However one man stood head and shoulders above everyone else on the field. Ryan Giggs.
Nani and Javier Hernandez both scored as Manchester United defeated Premier League strugglers Reading 2-1 in the FA Cup 5th Round at Old Trafford. Jobi McAnuff got a late consolation for Reading, but United held on.
Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of Manchester United’s clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford this Sunday. Nani and Anderson are back in the squad after recovering from hamstring problems. How will their return to the action boost United?
Antonio Valencia rightfully was Manchester United’s best player last season and is one of the best wingers in the world. A certain Pep Guardiola has waxed lyrical about him in the past and who’s he to disagree with?
The sight of Luis Suarez clearly cheating to knock Mansfield Town out of the FA Cup encouraged me to question the ethics of footballers.
Over the years we have seen players cheat and prosper, from diving to deliberate handball, they continue to try and deceive the officials.
If there was any doubt about who ate all the pies, it was clearly a Wigan Athletic team that labored to usher in 2013 with anything more than a whimper.
As surely as a a Wigan kebab is as 3 pies on a stick, the home team rolled over trying to emulate their annual 5-0 drubbing but succeeded only in going one better.
In the past couple of weeks Sir Alex Ferguson has selected Ashley Young in Manchester United’s starting XI. For me this has been a mistake and the man who should be starting in place of the winger should be Javier Hernandez.
So we had to wait until the last game before Christmas to finally draw a game. It was always going to happen eventually. Not even Manchester United can go through a whole season without drawing a game.