anyway... man u also nt really on form excepting more goal hahaa
hope the lads wont lose their concentration and forget that we still have 1 very important match coming up
LETS BRING CHELSEA DOWN IN MOSCOW AND GET OUR DOUBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Title defence successful!
EPL Champions once again!
This is something Liverpoo never won!
More pics here: http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/sh...9384&page=6557
Ryan Giggs equalled Bobby Charlton's apperence record and scored the goal that clinch the title. 10th title for the number 11! 1 more to go and he will equal his jersey number!
Last edited by afbug; 12th May 2008 at 05:24 AM.
Swee. worth watching till 12 plus
We're worthy champions
Cristiano Ronaldo believes United are worthy winners of the Premier League title, and says he knew when his spot-kick nestled in the back of the net that United clinch the trophy.
It may not have been so clear-cut for every United fan watching events unfold at the JJB Stadium but Ronny, as usual, took the ever-confident approach.
“The pressure was high, but we believed in ourselves and we deserved to win the title, definitely,” he said.
Some players may have been nervous stepping up to take the spot-kick midway through the first-half. Not Ronaldo.
“I was confident because I felt that if I scored we would win the match. I am very happy to help my team.”
Ronaldo’s 31 league goals in the 34 games played a huge part in delivering United’s 17th league championship crown, but he says praise cannot be heaped on one player.
“This was a team effort and I think we deserved it because we are the best team in the Premier League.”
Hat-trick for Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo won the treble at United's end of season awards, just hours after the Reds wrapped up the Barclays Premier League title with a thrilling win at Wigan.
Victory at the JJB Stadium made for an electric atmosphere at the Old Trafford party, where individual players at senior, reserve and academy level were rewarded for their efforts.
Ronaldo retained the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year gongs - and added the Goal of the Season award to his collection.
The Portuguese winger actually occupied the top two spots in the Goal of the Season award, taking first place with his stunning free kick against Portsmouth and second for his impudent backheel against Aston Villa.
The treble completes a remarkable campaign for Ronaldo, who earlier this month retained the PFA and Football Writers' Player of the Season awards for his exertions.
The club's other awards were won by Richard Eckersley - the Denzil Haroun Reserve Team Player of the Year - and striker Danny Welbeck, who was named the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year.
Giggs delight at ten titles
Ryan Giggs couldn’t contain his delight having scored the goal that sealed United’s tenth Premier League crown.
But the Reds’ winger, who was a second-half substitute for Ji-sung Park, says doing it in a game where he equalled Sir Bobby Charton’s appearance record is a mere aside.
“It feels great,” he said of his record-extending tenth title. “I’m not bothered about individual records, this is what it’s all about – championships.
“We knew it would be a tough game, and it was. We did well in the first half and got that first goal. Then it was a case of holding on.”
Giggs’ goal nine minutes from time ended any hopes of a late Wigan intervention, and it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving player.
“It was a great goal just to settle us down,” added the Welshman. “We felt a little more comfortable after that.”
The 34-year-old is now targeting a double in Moscow on 21 May. The Reds travel to Russia to take on Chelsea in the Champions League final, and Giggs says: “Winning the league feels great, and hopefully we can win another trophy in ten days’ time.”
Rio Ferdinand, thrice a title winner himself, spoke of the players' admiration for Ryan.
"This is my third title but it’s Giggsy’s tenth and that puts it into perspective," said Rio. "He keeps driving on every season and that’s an inspiration to all the lads.”
Wayne: What a privilege
Wayne Rooney raised a toast to Sir Alex Ferguson after helping the Reds to retain the Barclays Premier League trophy.
The United striker, now savouring his second championship, has nothing but admiration for the man who has won ten titles during his Old Trafford tenure.
"He’s brilliant. It’s a privilege to play for him every week," said Wayne.
"He’s been in the game for so long but his determination to win is stronger than ever. All credit to him for staying with the club for so long."
Reflecting on a long, hard league campaign, Rooney admitted the final furlong had been difficult. In the past month, United dropped points at Chelsea and Blackburn and Wayne was injured in the process, to the point that he was only expected to be on the bench at best against Wigan.
"We were under a little bit of pressure towards the end of the season," said Wayne, "but we hung in there.
"We knew that coming into the last two games, if we got six points we’d be champions. We could see the finish line. It was in our hands and we weren’t going to let it slip. We were so determined to retain the title."
Wayne wins second title
Wayne Rooney again made a big contribution as United won the Barclays Premier League title for the second time in his Old Trafford career.
He made 27 appearances - 25 starts and two as sub - and scored 12 goals. Only Carlos Tevez with 13 and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo with his remarkable tally of 31, netted more.
"We were so determined to retain the title. I’m thankful we’ve got the players we have to help us win it."
Ten keys to title success
After a dramatic final day of the 2007/08 season, ManUtd.com puts forward ten reasons why United are ten-time Premier League champions…
Home Rule: Sir Alex Ferguson's wish in recent seasons was to re-establish Old Trafford as a fortress. Safe to say, it's mission accomplished. Aside from the opening day bore draw against Reading and February's defeat to Manchester City, United have beaten all comers to M16, winning 17 out of 19 home matches.
Leaving It Late: Opposing teams expect to be on the rack in the closing stages, and stats show United are deadliest in the final 15 minutes of games. Most tellingly in this season were dramatic strikes from Carlos Tevez - a tap-in at Tottenham and a priceless header at Blackburn.
That Boy Ronaldo: While the Ronny is ever-eager to point out that it’s not a one-man show, United fans have been privileged to watch a genius at work. Almost always at his unplayable best, Ronaldo has plundered goal after goal, overtaking records in the same way he plays - left, right and centre.
Defence: For all the plaudits lavished upon the Reds’ star-studded attack, the platform for success has been built on a miserly defensive record. Despite being without skipper Gary Neville all season, United’s backline registered 20 domestic clean sheets - the finest defensive record in the Premier League.
Big Game Hunters: Until April's defeat at Chelsea, United's record against the other members of the 'Big Four' - Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool - was virtually unblemished. Ever able to raise themselves for the big games, United beat Liverpool twice, took four points off Arsenal and beat Chelsea at Old Trafford, taking 13 points from a possible 18.
New Boys: The near-instant assimilation of summer arrivals Anderson, Nani, Owen Hargreaves and Carlos Tevez has been key to United’s title triumph. The young Portuguese-based duo proved themselves as players for now, not just the future, while the more experienced Hargreaves and Tevez were integral to United’s late-season surge.
Squad Depth: Last season’s bid for a second Treble was left in tatters by injuries. Eager to avoid a repeat, Sir Alex made new signings and brought back a host of youngsters to bolster his squad. The move worked wonders, with every squad member contributing when injuries have hit – remember Ben Foster’s heroics at Pride Park?
Experience: For all United's free-spirited youthfulness, the calmness of some sage old heads has been crucial. Off the field, Sir Alex and his coaching staff have been there, done it enough times to keep everybody grounded, while experienced players like Ferdinand, van der Sar, Scholes and Giggs brought vital know-how at fraught times.
Bouncing Back: The mark of champions is to respond positively to setbacks - exactly what United did all season. Every time questions were posed by a domestic defeat – Manchester City (twice), Bolton, West Ham, Chelsea – the Reds responded with a victory.
Attack, Attack, Attack: Much was made of the contrast in the title chasers’ styles. Pragmatic, robotic Chelsea doing battle with swashbuckling, easy-on-the-eye United for the grand prize. In the end, goal difference was the difference between the two, proving that merging substance and style is a winning combination.
Sir Bobby full of pride
Reds legend Sir Bobby Charlton hails Sir Alex Ferguson a genius and says he couldn’t be happier that Ryan Giggs has equalled his record of 758 appearances…
All in all, it’s been an excellent day for the club...
It’s just brilliant. Alex Ferguson’s record is simply sensational. The man is a genius. It was excellent, Ryan Giggs came on today and did something that just seemed so natural, putting the game beyond Wigan’s reach. We could relax then. That was a really important goal, he took it with such aplomb. You have to look at the record – ten Premier League titles! It’s fantastic.
Ryan has won all ten and today equalled you appearances record. What did you make of that?
I don’t mind. If there is anyone I would have liked it to happen to, it’s Ryan Giggs. He’s a credit to his family, the club, the game and himself. I am pleased for him.
Sir Alex has masterminded another title success and shows no signs of his ambition diminishing…
Nothing is beyond him. If he gets a team and he’s in any position he knows what to do. He gets the best out of his players and it was tricky against Wigan with the rain. But we came through it and won. It’s brilliant, absolutely sensational. I am so proud.
Can you sum up what it feels like to be a part of this club on a day like this?
It’s an unbelievable club. You have to be here for a period of time to understand it. The people here love the club and want to make it work. Manchester United will progress forever. It’s a marvellous club.
And now onto Moscow, are you confident about the Champions League final?
I put nothing past these players, I put nothing past them. It’s not far away now, it’ll soon be upon us. But we will be ready for it. We will give it our best shot, which we always do.
Sir Bobby was speaking to MUTV.
"Alex Ferguson’s record is simply sensational. The man is a genius."
Sir Bobby on Sir Alex
"If there is anyone I would have liked to equal my record, it’s Ryan Giggs. He’s a credit to his family, the club, the game and himself."
Sir Bobby on Ryan Giggs
Sir Alex: 18th title will come
Sir Alex Ferguson is ecstatic after landing his 10th Barclays Premier League title as United boss. Here's a transcript of his first post-match interview at Wigan:
Was this the toughest title race so far?
“It was a tough one alright and being away from home today made it more difficult. In fairness for most of the game we played well. There were some nervous moments and then the rain came and we were wondering what’s going to happen now, because anything can happen on a rainy surface. Just after half-time we started to get a grip of it. We missed a few chances and the goalkeeper made some great saves. I was saying to myself, “Please give us that second goal.” Of course, my oldest player, ten medals today, gets it – Ryan Giggs. Fantastic."
Was Paul Scholes fortunate not to be sent off?
"I think Paul rode his luck a little bit. I thought his first tackle was reckless and he deserved to be booked. The second one was nothing, a shove and it didn’t merit a booking at all. But there was one a few minutes before that one which puts the case in doubt."
How nervous were you when Chelsea went 1-0 up?
“You’ve got to try and dismiss all the stuff round about you, forget what was happening at Chelsea and concentrate on our own game. I think we did that okay. But there was a guy behind us who kept telling us it was 2-0 to Chelsea after just one minute."
What would you regard as the turning point in the title race?
"It ebbed and flowed a bit. Arsenal, for long periods, looked like they were going to win it. Then they dropped a few points after we knocked them out of the FA Cup and that told for them. We then dropped a few points at Blackburn and Middlesbrough and that allowed Chelsea to close right in. But the two points they dropped against Wigan probably won the title for us."
How does it feel to have won 10 titles?
"Fantastic. I’m very proud. Proud to have survived for so long. It’s a great club and it’s much easier for me than it is for anyone else. How would I do without this? Tell me."
You're now just one title short of Liverpool's record. Is that your next target?
"I think it will come. This side’s young. It’s developing all the time. It’s a good young team and there are plenty of years left in them. They’ll do it in their own time."
What impact will winning the title have on the Champions League final?
"The great thing is we’re bouncing into the final. We can look forward to it. If we’d lost the title today, it would have been difficult. When we lost the title at West Ham in 1995, we lost the FA Cup final the following week. We were dead then. We’re not dead now, we’re alive. If we win the European Cup, this has to be my best team."