Manchester United End Of Term Report: Sign Javi Martinez or Lassana Diarra and Overtake Manchester City

A rundown of the greatest moment of the season, the star of the campaign, best goal and what needs to change if United are to seize back the initiative from Manchester City next term.
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A rundown of the greatest moment of the season, the star of the campaign, best goal and what needs to change if United are to seize back the initiative from Manchester City next term.

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A rundown of the greatest moment of the season, the star of the campaign, best goal and what needs to change if United are to seize back the initiative from Manchester City next term.

The 'I f*cking love this game' highlight of the season?

I'd have to go with the 2-1 win against Norwich at Carrow Road. We'd taken the lead early on the through Paul Scholes before we allowed the Canaries back into the game. After Grant Holt had equalised late on the game looked to be heading for a draw before Ryan Giggs on his 900th appearance, popped up at the back post to connect with an Ashley Young cross in the dying seconds. Textbook United.

The season ticket shredding moment?

Conceding two goals in the last 7 minutes at home to Everton. The match ended 4-4, reducing the gap to 3 points, giving City plenty of impetus going into the next game, which was against them, at the Etihad.

The moment that summed it all up?

Playing Man City away and failing to register a single shot on target at the Etihad. The team was set up to be hard to break down, the trouble was - it didn't just stifle City creatively - it also nullified our own attacking menace by leaving our in-form player on the bench.

Got the right manager?

Of course. He's been beaten before, but he always manages to find a way to get the team to bounce back. When Roman's roubles flooded into Stamford Bridge, people proclaimed that it was the end of United, but Sir Alex responded by delivering 3 consecutive titles. He's already vanquished one oligarch's plaything, there's no reason to suggest that it can't be done again.

Player of the season?

Antonio Valencia. He's a proper out-and-out winger. He would benefit from at least touching the ball with his left foot, but his pace, power and delivery from the right flank has been a valuable asset for the team this season. Jonny Evans deserves a special mention too, he's recovered well after that debacle against West Ham in the League Cup two seasons ago.

What would you change next term if you were the gaffer?

I would invest in the middle of midfield. It's been ignored for so long, but it is our biggest weakness. We get outfought by smaller sides and out played by any side with any discernible passing ability (Basle, Bilbao, even Wigan). We need to add some power to the midfield.

Which player would you like to sign?

We probably need 3-4 signings, but if I had to choose just one, I would choose a midfielder. We need a box-to-box midfielder to take games by the scruff of the neck when the tide is turning against us. Javi Martinez ticks all the boxes but whether we could afford him if Madrid, Barca or City come calling, who knows. Lassana Diarra is currently wasting away in Madrid's reserves, he's not the same type player as Martinez, but he is adept at winning the ball back and he's played in the Premiership before. He'd probably be a cheaper, more realistic option.

Best goal?

Valencia's right footed thunderbolt against Blackburn at Ewood Park. It was, the tightest of angles, but the sheer force of the shot ensured the ball flew past Robinson before he could block the angle.

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