Category Archives: Class from the Past

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.

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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: Berbatov brilliance beats Liverpool [GIFs]

On this day in 2010, Manchester United beat Liverpool 3-2 at Old Trafford thanks to a brilliant hat trick from Dimitar Berbatov. He became the first United player since Stan Pearson in 1946 to score a hat trick versus Liverpool.

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5 Beautiful GIF Danny Welbeck Moments

Today saw the official conformation of Danny Welbeck extending his contract for a further 4 years to stay at Manchester United.

This is brilliant news for the club and its supporters. Welbeck, Manchester born and bred, had a brilliant debut season for United showing his superb energy, touch, skill and scoring some key goals along the way.

In the short time this site has been running, Welbeck has featured plenty. Here are my top 5 Welbeck GIF Moments to celebrate his new deal

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Three beautiful Pre Season Goals gone by…

So 66 days after *that* injury time goal, United are back in action. They kick off their Pre Season tonight in South Africa looking to get themselves ready to win back *our* title.

As a little treat to tide you over until kick off, here are 3 of my favourite goals United have scored in pre seasons gone by.

1. Ruud Van Nistelrooy v Juventus, USA 2003

In what would be one of his last acts in a United shirt, Juan Sebastian Veron produced a pass of the highest calibre for Ruud Van Nistelrooy to do what Ruud did best. His turn and control in 1 movement is class, the finish – unstoppable.

Watch the goal HERE and enjoy the wonderful commentary during the replays

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Eric Cantonas Month of Magic (1996)

With the Premier League announcing their nominations for several “20 Years of the PL” Awards, Eric Cantonas name appears in several of the categories. Best Goal, Best Celebration and Best Striker in the Team of the 20 years.

The goal nomination and subsequent celebration was scored v Sunderland on December 21st 1996 at Old Trafford in a 5-0 win over Sunderland. Here is that iconic goal for you to enjoy again.

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Nani goal v Man City in the Community Shield 2011

Finding themselves 2-0 down at half time to City, United got back into the game with a Chris Smalling goal. Then approaching the hour mark United produced a move of pure beauty. Pure class. Pure sex.
United won the game in injury time thanks to another Nani goal giving United the first silverware of the season and their fans a moment that will be relived for years.

There is so much to love about this move from Cleverleys’ drive and directness, Rooneys’ flick, Cleverleys’ first time pass and the sublime finish by Nani.

Enjoy the goal and all its glorious replays…

O’Sheas’ Anfield winner

3rd March 2007.
Not the best of goals, not by a long way but this goal goes down in United folklore.
What is beautiful about this goal was summed up by O’Shea in his interview after the game

“The 90th minute at Anfield, in front of the Kop . . .Gary Neville’s just told me that is his dream and I’ve just gone and done it”

Also love the celebrations after the goal, especially the image of Gary Neville in the arms of Edwin Van Der Saar as he salutes the travelling United fans. Class.

O'Sheas' Anfield winner

3rd March 2007.
Not the best of goals, not by a long way but this goal goes down in United folklore.
What is beautiful about this goal was summed up by O’Shea in his interview after the game

“The 90th minute at Anfield, in front of the Kop . . .Gary Neville’s just told me that is his dream and I’ve just gone and done it”

Also love the celebrations after the goal, especially the image of Gary Neville in the arms of Edwin Van Der Saar as he salutes the travelling United fans. Class.