January GIF Moment of the Month Poll – PART ONE

January saw Manchester United pick up 10 from a possible 12 Premier League points including an always enjoyable victory over Liverpool and a well earnt point away to Spurs.
United also progressed the 5th Round of the FA Cup after getting past Premier League sides West Ham and Fulham.

There was some brilliant football on display throughout the month, so much so that this month’s poll will include 10 GIF moments for you to choose from (Split over 2 posts to not slow down page load times)

So to the nominees, and numbers 1-5…

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Dave saves, RVP skill, United passing & more GIFs from the Fulham game

Manchester United opened up a 9 point lead at the top of the Premier League thanks to a hard fought victory versus Fulham at Craven Cottage (and City drawing with Liverpool).
United recalled Antonio Valencia and Nani to the wings and Thomas Cleverley came back into midfield to partner Michael Carrick. Nemanja Vidic was rested with the game v Everton in mind (expecting a an aerial battle).

The game got off to a frantic start, both teams forcing good saves from the respective keepers as well striking the woodwork. The game was decided with just over 10 minutes to go, Wayne Rooney who was a threat all game calmly finding the corner as he strode into the Fulham area.
The Reds withstood the late Fulham pressure to put themselves in a brilliant position with 13 games to go.

There was lots of quality on show, here are my Top GIFs…

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Class from the Past – Stunning O'Shea Lob sees off Arsenal

The 2004/2005 season saw the United/Arsenal rivalry at its highest. The season before Arsenal had won the league, without losing a league game and and the 2 fixtures between the clubs were full of flashpoints. (see Battle of Old Trafford)

Their first encounter of this season saw Utd end the Gooners unbeaten run at 49 with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford but by the time the reverse fixture game about both clubs were struggling to keep pace with Chelsea at the top of the table. United sat 3rd, 11 points of Chelsea and 1 point behind Arsenal. Whilst both sides were in desperate need of all 3 points to keep up the challenge and at the same time kill of the others, a win against the other was almost as important to both players and fans than the points.

The game started with a bang, before a ball was even kicked, Roy Keane led a battle cry in the tunnel. He knew what was needed, and he knew what he had to do. He was our captain, our leader and his actions made sure that each of his team mates were pumped to win.

Arsenal took the lead, before Ryan Giggs equalised thanks to a wonderful first time pass from Wayne Rooney. Arsenal retook the lead only for a quick fire 2nd half double from Ronaldo put United 3-1 ahead. His first was a brilliant finish from a tight angle, his second was harder to miss as he stabbed a Ryan Giggs cross home into an empty net from on the line.

Then came the moment of magic. The icing on the cake. The spoonful of sugar. The beautifully red.
With United looking to keep hold of the ball and see out the game, Paul Scholes plays a superb first time pass into John O’Shea who finds himself in on goal with just the keeper to beat.

John O'Shea v Arsenal GIF Goal

What happened next took everyone by surprise  even John O’Shea himself as he stood silent and still, almost as though the spirit of Eric Cantona had left his body leaving O’Shea slightly baffled as to what had just happened.
The GIF says it all. A stunning finish to an epic game.

Class from the Past – Stunning O’Shea Lob sees off Arsenal

The 2004/2005 season saw the United/Arsenal rivalry at its highest. The season before Arsenal had won the league, without losing a league game and and the 2 fixtures between the clubs were full of flashpoints. (see Battle of Old Trafford)

Their first encounter of this season saw Utd end the Gooners unbeaten run at 49 with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford but by the time the reverse fixture game about both clubs were struggling to keep pace with Chelsea at the top of the table. United sat 3rd, 11 points of Chelsea and 1 point behind Arsenal. Whilst both sides were in desperate need of all 3 points to keep up the challenge and at the same time kill of the others, a win against the other was almost as important to both players and fans than the points.

The game started with a bang, before a ball was even kicked, Roy Keane led a battle cry in the tunnel. He knew what was needed, and he knew what he had to do. He was our captain, our leader and his actions made sure that each of his team mates were pumped to win.

Arsenal took the lead, before Ryan Giggs equalised thanks to a wonderful first time pass from Wayne Rooney. Arsenal retook the lead only for a quick fire 2nd half double from Ronaldo put United 3-1 ahead. His first was a brilliant finish from a tight angle, his second was harder to miss as he stabbed a Ryan Giggs cross home into an empty net from on the line.

Then came the moment of magic. The icing on the cake. The spoonful of sugar. The beautifully red.
With United looking to keep hold of the ball and see out the game, Paul Scholes plays a superb first time pass into John O’Shea who finds himself in on goal with just the keeper to beat.

John O'Shea v Arsenal GIF Goal

What happened next took everyone by surprise  even John O’Shea himself as he stood silent and still, almost as though the spirit of Eric Cantona had left his body leaving O’Shea slightly baffled as to what had just happened.
The GIF says it all. A stunning finish to an epic game.

Brilliant RVP Skill, Rooney Pass & more GIFs from the Southampton game

Manchester United took full advantage of rival Citys’ dropped points with a hard working 3 points against a spirited and lively Southampton side.

United made their customary start it woul seem this season by allowing the opposition a 1 goal lead, even handing it to them on a plate as a poor back pass allowed the Saints to score within 2 minutes. The Reds didn’t waste much time to level thanks to a superb pass from Shinji Kagawa and a calm  Rooney finish. Rooney scored again thanks to a brilliant assist by Patrice Evra and went into the 2nd half looking to kill off the game. The 3rd goal never came and Southampton to their full credit pushed for an equaliser that United managed to avoid.

“Champions win games when playing badly” Yup, it was one of those.

Still, there were plenty of United highlights, here are my GIFs of the game…

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Amazing Giggs, Anderson Skill & more Utd GIFs from the Fulham game

Manchester United progressed into the next round of the FA Cup with a comfortable win v Fulham at Old Trafford.
United named a strong team only resting Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Robin van Persie and after taking the lead within 3 minutes were never tested at the ran out 4-1 winners.

Ryan Giggs continued his recent run of form on the left wing and was named Man of the Match for a display in which he was a threat throughout.

United played some great football, here are my Top 5 GIFs…

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[GIFS] Zaha's best goals and stunning assists for Palace this season

Manchester United today confirmed the signing of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace. The deal is expected to reach £15-20m including add ons and the 20 year old England winger will join the club in July 2013, spending the remainder of the season at the Championship Side.

So how good is Wilfried Zaha?
Having only seen him play once, in Palace’s shock win at Old Trafford in the League Cup and a handful of highlights videos, I’m not best placed to say.

I have however put together this collection of his goals and a couple of assists for Palace this season. They certainly wet the appetite of the kind of player he is and how much potential he has to light up Old Trafford next season.

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[GIFS] Zaha’s best goals and stunning assists for Palace this season

Manchester United today confirmed the signing of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace. The deal is expected to reach £15-20m including add ons and the 20 year old England winger will join the club in July 2013, spending the remainder of the season at the Championship Side.

So how good is Wilfried Zaha?
Having only seen him play once, in Palace’s shock win at Old Trafford in the League Cup and a handful of highlights videos, I’m not best placed to say.

I have however put together this collection of his goals and a couple of assists for Palace this season. They certainly wet the appetite of the kind of player he is and how much potential he has to light up Old Trafford next season.

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