There has been many important goals scored this season in the race for the Premier League title.
Some spectacular, some scruffy and a few tap ins. Here are the five that I think were most important in winning us the title.
Nani v Stoke
With United drawing 1-1 and struggling to find a goal at home against Stoke, my player of the season decided to show the others how it was done. Getting the ball on his left foot on the edge of the area and curling it into the corner, giving the keeper no chance, it was a goal Christiano Ronaldo would have been proud of.
Obafemi Martins v Arsenal
I know this is a strange one. A goal by a Birmingham City player in the Carling Cup final. I’m madder than Jens Lehmann juggling chainsaws on a unicycle you say. Well, up until the 88th minute of the final, Arsenal were looking like true challengers to the Premiership title. To be fair, they were looking like true challengers to everything.
With 2 minutes left in the game, the fun began. With a mix up that The Chuckle Brothers would be proud of, that was it. Carling Cup lost, their confidence shot and within a couple of weeks a sixth trophy-less year was well in sight.
Wayne Rooney V West Ham
After a disastrous first half where West Ham had won (and scored) two penalties, it looked like a replay of the Carling Cup fiasco. However, Wayne stepped up to the plate. His free kick really changed the game and started arguably the comeback of the season.
The only bad point was Rooney saying a few bad words into the camera that made baby Jesus cry, caused offence to the whole world and got him a three game ban. However, nobody ever mentions the offence caused every week by the sight of Steven Gerrard’s face on camera.
The three points in the end were probably worth the three game ban, as it gave us the momentum to win the title.
Dimitar Berbatov v Bolton
With United down to ten men, 87 minutes on the clock, Carrick at centre back and Chelsea and Arsenal fans smirking like Gareth Barry picking up his £110k a week wage packet, things were not looking good. Plan A of Rooney and Hernandez wasn’t working, so up steps Berbatov.
It may have been a tap-in, it may have come from a Jaaskelainen mistake and it may have only happened because Paul Robinson was away with the fairies while the rest of the Bolton back four held a good line. It was lucky and scruffy, but boy was it important.
Javier Hernandez v Chelsea
It wasn’t just because it was against Chelsea. It wasn’t just that It came quicker than Ashley Cole during phone sex with a hairdresser (just). It wasn’t just that it shook up David Luiz and probably affected the rest of his game (Well, until half time) It wasn’t just that it gave us the platform to beat the only club able to catch us in the title race. It was for all these reasons. When ‘The Little Pea’ slotted in the ball after 36 seconds, I knew it was our year.
I’m sure you all have your own ideas as to the most important goals. So, in the words of Delia, “Lets be ‘aving you!”