The Premier League has offered some spectacular moments this season but nothing quite beats a festival of the best goals of the season.
There have been some long range screamers, some ticky-tacky one-touch displays and some goals scored that barely escape the training-pitch. However, as the talent in the Premier League has grown of late so have the range of varying strikes.
So here it goes, LiveSoccerTV presents the top 10 goal of the campaign…
It is clear to see which position both Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata prefer to function in. Just behind the main striker in the number ten role, with the freedom to distribute the ball to the flanks, supply Robin van Persie to finish or to shoot from in and around the penalty box.
Mata's Man of the Match performance against Newcastle United on Saturday 5th April proved to be the Spaniard's best outing in a United shirt, scoring two goals including a stunning curling free-kick. However, should Wayne Rooney have not been injured Mata would have undoubtedly been moved over to the right or left hand side of the formation.
Preview: An important game for Man United, Man City… and Chelsea!
Manchester United (51) could temporarily break into the European zone this Tuesday by replacing Everton (54) on goal difference. The Red Devils are not giving up on qualifying for the UEFA Europa League or even the Champions League although they are currently 11 points adrift the Top Four.
The home crowd will be roaring in support of David Moyes and the squad. Of late, the Red Devils seem to have found the route back to their glorious days. They followed up on their miraculous comeback against Olympiakos in Europe with a vital win against West Ham United in the EPL last weekend.
Preview: The Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium is not an easy place to play
If Manchester United came across this fixture last season, analysts would likely expect a victory for the Red Devils. But with the way things have been going for United after Sir Alex Ferguson, no match is a guarantee anymore.
David Moyes’ side continues to struggle with consistency, and a meeting with the Greek champions promises to be another difficult fixture.
Trailing Liverpool by 11 points in the Premier League, the chances of United claiming a Champions League spot for next season are slim. So they are left with hoping for a serious let down from the teams above them, or they will have to claim the UCL title.
The Theatre of Dreams was seen as a palace for the red half of Manchester and a dark and uncomfortable dungeon for it's visitors. Players would walk out of the tunnel with their crimson shirts with an air of confidence, a cocky strut but also they were the team to beat and no one would attempt to question it.
Iconic figures including the Charlton's, Best, Cantona, Beckham had created a history that no one would dare to touch never mind attempt to challenge. The success transcended through the generations to continue their dominance. Ferguson was untouchable, the man at the helm who was worshipped by all associated with the game. Now the tides have turned on his replacement and the Red Devils are running lower than Ferguson would never have imagined.
Sergio Aguero vs Rio Ferdinand
The Argentine has so far, been a joy to watch this season. Despite being more of a number 10 player, Aguero has performed admirably as a secondary striker where his tenacity and supreme skill level becomes a nuisance for the best defenders out there.
Indeed, Rio Ferdinand will have his work cut out for him. Over the years, the England international has lost much of his pace which means that the former Leeds United man should look to use his experience as his prime weapon when he takes on Messi Junior’s godfather.
Both Real Madrid and Manchester United made some managerial changes this summer, with Carlo Ancelotti taking over from Jose Mourinho and David Moyes filling the huge shoes left behind by the departing Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ancelotti is no stranger…
Preview: Three Lions to head on top of Group H without injured Rooney?
Wayne Rooney’s “horror movie” head injury is making much noise among fans and journalists ahead of the match. The striker collided with Manchester United team mate Phil Jones in training last Saturday and could be out for three weeks, according to David Moyes.
After missing a couple of World Cup qualifiers already, the striker has been criticized for not being committed to the English national team. However, this terrifying head injury is at least a big reason enough to miss Friday’s encounter at home to Moldova.
“Some people seem to be questioning my commitment to the England squad and the fact I had to pull out of the 2 games,” the striker stated on his official Facebook page as he retorted to critics by posting a picture as an evidence to defend himself.
There were big gains for some players and heavy losses for others during the course of the month on social networks. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United were the teams with the most candidates, and in this article, we bring you information on seven of the footballers in the Top 10 chart – from the occupant of the fourth place to the spot 10 owner.
Messi goes down, Van Persie arises
4. Robin Van Persie
Robin van Persie could be the sole man Manchester United fans look up to in attack next season, should Wayne Rooney’s name be erased from the squad. The Dutchman managed to reach the 30-goal mark in his first season at Old Trafford, and this achievement – combined with commitment – leaves room for excitement and much expectation over his input in the club next season.
The social media data compiled by our friends over at Starcount for the top ten footballers in June 2013 revealed that the Premier League still has some walls to scale when it comes to player popularity.
La Liga vastly garnered the most attention, with its superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kaka underlining the weight of Real Madrid and Barcelona’s online fan base, along with icons Andres Iniesta, Mesut Ozil and David Villa.
But Brazil’s leading star Neymar, who had one of the most followed transfer sagas until he officially signed for the Spanish champions late last month, happened to be the one to rack up the most fans on Facebook in June – scooping 2.5 million ‘likes’.
Every few days, Arsenal has been linked with a number of different players. You would almost think that Arsenal was a club that tends to bring in a number of high profile players every summer, but as we all know, that has not been how they operate, at least for the last few years.
Heading into the 2013/14 campaign, Ivan Gazidis and even Arsene Wenger have hinted that the Gunners are finally ready to spend a significant amount of money, but is it really going to happen?
For weeks now, we have heard about how Gonzalo Higuain is very 'close' to signing for the London side, but a few weeks later, the Real Madrid striker has still not put pen to paper. This not only does not surprise Arsenal fans, but it leads them to believe that at anytime, a club like Manchester City or even Chelsea could come into the picture, making it difficult to compete financially.
Arsenal fans woke up to some delighting, yet questionable news this morning. After hearing Arsene Wenger himself state his interest in potentially signing Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, it was reported that the English forward was seen arriving at the Emirates in a black Mercedes.
Hearing this speculation will have most Arsenal fans brushing it off, knowing the Gunner's past with players who could potentially join the club. But hearing Gazidis and Wenger speak about transfers in the last weeks, could the London side finally be ready to make that big signing, sending a message to the rest of the league?
Regardless of what Wenger, Gazidis or even silent Stan Kroenke say, given their past history in the summer transfer window, it is very hard to believe any possible big signing.
Since his return to Italy, the controversial yet extremely talented striker has been a revelation for AC Milan. And, the striker justified his selection in Cesare Prandelli’s side by scoring one goal for the national side as Italy drew 2-2 against Brazil.