Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Manchester United 20th League title secured

On the 22 Apr 2013, Man Utd are crowned Barclays Premier League (BPL) Champions for the 20th time.

This achievement is very sweet indeed, having tasted being Champions of BPL last year for a mere 2 minutes, before Sergio Aguero scored the last minute winner for Man City against QPR 3 minutes into injury time. Man City won the BPL on goal difference. That was very hard to swallow. Losing on goal difference for a goal deep into injury time (virtually the last kick of the season).

But, what happened after that day, Sir Alex started his strategy to win back the BPL. He purchased RVP & Kagawa. Those signings were brilliant.

Man Utd started with a lost on the opening day of the season at Everton. The captain (Vidic) was injured at the time & Rio Ferdinand was also being treated on his back pain and was not 100% fit. Johnny Evans & Phil Jones became the centrebacks and the early games saw Man Utd not being able to keep a clean sheet. Luckily their strikers (RVP in particular) was scoring regularly. They won many games from being behind.

From Nov 2012 when they were top of the table, they never looked back. They lost the Champions League Cup to Real Madrid & League Cup & FA Cup to Chelsea. But they never lose sight of getting the BPL back from their neighbours.

On the 22 Apr 1994, my eldest daughter was born & Man Utd also became Premier League Champions on that year. In fact, during the season that my other three daughters were born - 1996, 2000 & 2003,  Man Utd also became Champions.

During the treble winning year 1999, there were 3 Norwegians in Man Utd squad. Solksjaer, Berg & Johnsen. Thank you Norway for your contribution to Man Utd success & keep reading my blog.

It has been a very satisfying season as far as I (as a Man Utd supporter) am concerned. Thank you every player in the squad, the manager, the back room staff & all that are associated to the club for a very satisfying season.

Lesson learnt: Do not let frustration dampen your spirit. Analyse what needs to be improved & make improvements to make it better. No doubt, losing the BPL on goal difference, the squad has to improve up-front. But during RVP barren spell, the defenders kept clean sheets to enable the team to stay top of the table & win the BPL.

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