Manchester United completed their busy festive period with a 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic to maintain their 7 point lead at the top of the table.
United, on the back of their clean sheet victory over West Brom, started the game professionally looking to stay tight and not concede the first goal as they have many times this season. When the time was right, they up their game and scored 2 quick goals before half time to put themselves in full control. 2 further goals followed as well as a much welcome successive clean sheet.
There were plenty of moments to enjoy, and this could well be my busiest post. Here are my top 5 GIF moments from the game…
So as 2012 comes to close, we all like to look back at the year for our favourite moments.
In general, it was a year to forget – losing the title to City in the dying seconds and watching Chelsea lift the European Cup – but as the year ends, United sit top of the table with a nice 7 point lead and a real optimism around the club that 2013 could end with silverware.
To help celebrate the year, and to remember why we love this club so very very much, here are some of the highlights of 2012…
Manchester United will go into the new year 7 points clear at the top of the table as they beat West Bromich Albion 2-0 at Old Trafford to end 2012 in a positive mood.
United rested Robin van Persie and with Wayne Rooney out injured gave Danny Welbeck the chance to start as well as the return of Japanese playmaker, Shinji Kagawa.
The Reds dominated the first half but only had one goal to show it for it. This gave WBA encouragement as they started to press for an equaliser. United’s leaky defence held strong, with the returning Nemanja Vidic, alongside Jonny Evans looking like his former self.
United capped the game, and the year in stunning fashion with a late second goal.
Manchester United’s worst performance (well for an hour at least) of the season helped produce a thriller of a game at v Newcastle United at Old Trafford. 3 times The Reds went behind but showed their title fight credentials by coming back each time and eventually netting the winner on 90 minutes.
United’s best football came in the last 20 minutes when they played with a tempo and attacked from all areas as they searched for the winner.
Manchester United finally drew a game this season and put an end to their recent winning streak after a 1-1 draw at Swansea City.
United took the lead through Patrice Evra whos odds as the first goalscorer would have been at the high end (Find the best free bets online with FREEbets), but Swansea fought back and leveled through Michu.
The Reds will be disappointed to not win the game as the second half saw them get into great attacking positions on several occasions only for a bad final pass to let them down.
Not all doom and gloom, 4 points clear at the top of the table with 2 home fixtures over Christmas. There were also plenty of moments during the game to enjoy. Here are my top 5 GIF Moments…
Every time we turn around lately there are negative stories about teams coming out of the Premier League. Between players getting suspensions over headbutts, racist fans, and players crying over their current playing situation, one has to wonder what the league is coming two. Fortunately a couple of stories coming out of Old Trafford as of late has broken this string of negativity and just in time for the holiday season.
The first story involves several Manchester United players taking part in a charity poker event. Tom Cleverley, Rafael da Silva, Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher, and Danny Welbeck all took part in the MUFC PartyPoker Challenge recently. The event was a made-for-TV charity event and the beneficiary of the event was an anonymous northern Irish hospice.
Manchester United kept their 6 point lead at the top of the table intact with a comfortable 3-1 over Sunderland at Old Trafford.
It was vital that United built on the great work of their win over City and with the nearest rivals winning earlier in the day, the Reds knew what they needed to do.
They started brilliantly, with the central midfield duo of Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley playing neat passing football and all the attackers looking dangerous with every attack.
United took the opportunity at 3-0 to give Nemanja Vidic a run out on his return from injury which was great to see, and ensured he was fully tested by bringing on Giggs and Scholes to protect from the middle (!).
There were some lovely goals and plenty of great play. Here are my Top 5 GIF Moments…
November saw Manchester United clock up 5 wins and 2 losses (still no draws this season) that helped see them seal qualification into the Knock-out stages of the Champions League and go top of the Premier League table.
For me there have been 2 players in particular to stand out during November, Javier Hernandez who scored 4 times including his spectacular impact to help come from behind to beat Aston Villa, and Brazilian midfielder Anderson.
Anderson provided lots of great moments that featured on this site during for November and for that reason, I am awarding him the Beautifully Red Player of the Month.
Here are his Top 5 GIF Moments to appear on the site…
Manchester United u18s were disappointingly knocked out of this seasons FA Youth Cup by Burnley in a dramatic game at Old Trafford on Friday night.
United lost 4-3 after extra time in a game they dominated for long spells. Poor defending and missed chances cost them on a night where lessons will have been learnt.