By any standard, it is a successful season for Manchester United. Despite missing out on Champions League glory once again, despite being dumped out of FA Cup by Chelsea, we did managed to wrestle back the Premier League title from City. No matter what others might say, the domestic league is still the one that matters most… (just ask Liverpool fans.)
But the joy of winning the title was dampened by the sudden retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Though all the fans have expected the day to come, we did not expect it to be so soon (to be frank, any time is too soon for us). We can only wish the great manager all the best, and a heartfelt thanks to him for 26 years of unparallel service to the club (and 22 years of great memories for me).
Great players come and go, but Sir Alex Ferguson will always be Manchester United!!
Anyway, below is a list of my annual imaginary award winners for this season:
Fav Man United Player of the Year
Robin Van Persie
Can there be anyone else? He is truly the difference between us and the Noisy Neighbours.
Fav Non-Man United Player
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
An English version of Cristiano Ronaldo. It is no secret I am a huge admirer of this Welshman, and it is no secret that many United fans are wishing him to come Old Trafford soon.
Most Loathed Man United Player
It should have been Antonio Valencia, but Rooney’s listless performances in the last few games changed my mind. It seems to me that his heart is really no longer with the club, and I guess it is time to get rid of him. We have sold far better players and still flourished.
Most Loathed Non-Man United Player
David Luiz (Chelsea)
I should think any United fan who witnessed his theatrics in our last league game against the Blues will agree with me. He should join Barcelona or Hollywood.
Most Improved Man United Player
David De Gea
Edwin Van der Saar he may yet to be, but slowly and surely he is getting there. Every great United side in the Ferguson Era was blessed with a reliable goalkeeper, and I hope he will be the one in the new era of David Moyes.
Sir Alex Ferguson
Need I say more?