The Real Footie Analyst

What a season!

Without fail, the 2010/2011 version of the English Premier League proved to be as exciting as ever.

THE CHAMPIONS

They said their squad was not good enough. They said they would not last the marathon. How they proved them wrong.

Manchester United were unerring this season.

The team with an away record that does not reflect a team that has been the best in England, United kept rolling on, grinding out result after result.

United made Old Trafford a fortress, and thus saw them crowned champions for a record 19th time, surpassing Liverpool to become the greatest and most successful team in English Domestic Football.

Finishing 9 points ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City, United are deserved winners of EPL 2010/2011.

THE FLOP

Relegated before the final match day, West Ham United were the biggest disappointment of the season.

Not only the fact that they only won 7 games out of a possible 38, the decision making of the club had a lot left to be desired.

From hiring a coach that got Portsmouth relegated the previous season, to purchasing a striker that was eventually fined for being overweight, the Hammers have only themselves to blame for the situation they are currently in.

GAME OF THE SEASON: Newcastle v Arsenal, St James Park

Three goals within 10 minutes from Theo Walcott, Johan Djourou and Robin van Persie and when the Dutchman added a fourth before the break, Newcastle seemed dead and buried.

However, when Djourou was taken off injured and Abou Diaby was sent off for shoving Joey Barton, Arsenal lost the plot completely.

Barton scored the penalty and converted a dubious second after Leon Best had struck from close range.

Cheik Tiote completed the great escape with a long range stunner and Newcastle, having chased shadows for so long, had chased down a point.

GOAL OF THE SEASON: Wayne Rooney – Manchester United v Manchester City, Old Trafford

There have been a few stunners scored this season, but one stood out from the rest.

Days after pledging his future to Manchester United, Wayne Rooney had lost the trust of many at Old Trafford.

However, a wonder goal against Manchester City and all was forgotten.

Nani supplied a fairly average cross from the right which seemed to be going behind Rooney.

A second later saw Rooney bicycling the ball past Joe Hart into the top corner, which to his fairness, had no chance of stopping.

BUY OF THE SEASON: Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

Purchased before the FIFA World Cup for a mere six million pounds, Hernandez has been a revelation for Manchester United all season.

Scoring goals in crucial games, Hernandez even managed to keep joint golden boot winner Dimitar Berbatov out the first eleven.

WORST BUY OF THE SEASON: Fernando Torres

Bought in January for fifty million pounds, one would expect a player with such a hefty price tag to be able to make an impact.

One measly goal has earned Fernando Torres this title.

Torres failed to make any impact at Chelsea, in fact, he seemed to have unsettled Anelka and Drogba rather than improving the quality of the attack.

Paul Koncheskey wasn’t too far off the mark, after having a shocker of a half season at Liverpool.

MANAGER OF THE SEASON: Sir Alex Ferguson

For achieving a record 19 titles, Fergie deservedly has earned the right to this title.

Kenny Dalglish’s rescue job at Liverpool shouldn’t go unnoticed, as he took a struggling team to heights which I personally didn’t expect them to achieve with the start the Merseysider’s had.

However, a League win, an FA Cup Semi- final and a fourth Champions League Final in three years, says it all.

WORST MANAGER OF THE SEASON: Avram Grant and Roy Hodgson

These two men looked like twins on the sidelines: Inspiration-less and helpless.

Grant failed to keep his team in the Premier League, while Hodgson simply couldn’t handle a club of such magnitude.

To Hodgson’s credit, he managed to take West Bromwich Albion clear of relegation.

However, for putting Liverpool in the relegation zone and running out of excuses and for not been able to keep West Ham up with the crop of players he had at his disposal, these two lads have earned the title.

I’m sure the 2011/2012 will be even better. Will Liverpool’s revival under King Kenny finally bring a title to Anfield? Will United extend their lead?

We can only wait and see. Enjoy the transfer season!

1 Comment

  1. footieanalyst says:

    Indeed it was!

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