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City will hope for a better fate this summer, but they will be hard pressed to do much better than finding another Matija Nastasic. For a player who wanted nothing more than to start, Edin Dzeko was often at his best as a late substitute. Dzeko's first six goals in the Premier League in came in the second half of play. Just thinking about his improved maturity, consistency and all-round dedication to the cause sends shivers down the spine. He has been battered by some of the league's more physical sides and never seemed afraid of the challenge. The year-old Englishman can play a multitude of positions all well.
He will give David Moyes plenty of selection headaches next season.
This award could have easily gone to De Gea too, but the Spaniard can't win them all now, can he? Rafael is an equally deserving recipient of the most improved player award. He may not have had a commendable end to the season, but over nine months, he has come on leaps and bounds. According to WhoScored. The undisputed goal of the season has to be Robin van Persie's howitzer against Aston Villa last month. It was Wayne Rooney who was the architect for the strike, playing a drifting long ball from deep that dropped on the Dutchman's left foot. Antonio Valencia was one of the Red Devils' best players last season, his displays a marked positive in an otherwise disappointing campaign.
The man himself believes his poor performances have come as a result of him failing to recover from a previous injury. Honourable mention goes to Ashley Young, who has been equally ineffective on the left flank. Though expectations for him were lower heading into the season.
The game that firmly swung the balance of power in England back in Manchester United's direction, the side's win over neighbours Manchester City in December is my pick for game of the season. There was also drama when a celebrating Rio Ferdinand was left bloodied having been hit by a coin thrown by a City fan.
Cast your vote here. Free download. Book file PDF easily for everyone and every device. While model professionals like Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart were criticised in public, Balotelli was indulged to the point that when City received an offer from AC Milan in January, they sold the Italian without lining up a replacement. He handed Ferguson the most chastising defeat of his year managerial career when City beat United at Old Trafford in October His place as one of Manchester City's greatest ever managers is assured.
Mancini certainly deserves better than to learn that his fate had already been decided just a few hours before City produces their worst performance of the season in losing the FA Cup final to Wigan. But there is no sentiment in the upper echelons of the Etihad. Soriano and Begeristain don't remember losing away to York, Jamie Pollock's own goal or Stevie Lomas wasting time by the corner flag. This season has been what the locals call 'typical City' in so many ways.
Sacking the manager drew a line under that. Winning the Manchester derby at Old Trafford. The title race was virtually over, but Sir Alex Ferguson described the game as a "show of strength" for next season - and then saw his champions-elect comprehensively outplayed by their rivals on home turf for the second successive season. Sergio Aguero's winning goal was Maradona-like in its execution. Roberto Mancini's departure had all-but been confirmed on the eve of the game, but that was no excuse for such a limp performance in front of a travelling City support that took over three-quarters of Wembley.
Mancini was out-thought by Roberto Martinez and City were outplayed by a Wigan team relegated a few days later.
It is impossible to see beyond Pablo Zabaleta, despite a highly impressive debut campaign for year-old defender Matija Nastasic. In the absence of Micah Richards, the Argentine made the right-back position his own with a consistently high level of performance.
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A genuine hero of the Etihad fans. Reclaiming the Premier League title and progressing beyond the group stages of the Champions League. I managed to break a few City stories this season, including the revelation that Roberto Mancini's future would come under review at the end of the season.
Perhaps the best, though, was the news that Mario Balotelli would leave the club and that he planned to take the club to a Premier League tribunal in a bid to get a fine overturned. City will have a new manager next season - but the men under most pressure at the Etihad will be Spanish executives Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begeristain.
It was to be a night to remember for the club as goals from Michu and Graham secured a priceless lead heading in to the second leg in south Wales.
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There was no let up in the Premier League as Swansea earned a battling point against Everton at Goodison Park, while Stoke were put to the sword a week later as Laudrup's men produced some scintillating football in a win. But it was all eyes on the Liberty once more as Chelsea arrived looking to peg back a two-goal deficit in the League Cup semi-final, but it was the home side who put on a mature performance to draw and book a place in the final against League Two side Bradford. A hectic month ended on another positive note as the Swans drew against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, with Danny Graham later securing his move to the North East prior to the end of the January transfer window.
It began with a narrow defeat against West Ham at Upton Park, while struggling QPR were thrashed at the Liberty Stadium a week later as the Swans moved on to 37 points and within touching distance of another season in the Premier League.
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The squad departed for Dubai for a much-needed break shortly after but when they returned to home soil they suffered a humiliating defeat against Liverpool at Anfield. Bradford had produced a wonderful footballing story to reach the Wembley showpiece, knocking out Arsenal, Wigan and Aston Villa en route to meeting the Swans.
But their journey ended there as Laudrup's side won at the home of English football to secure their club's first major trophy in the Centenary year. You couldn't have written a better script. There was to be another season of top-flight football and a European adventure to look forward to in The Swans' first game after the heroics of the cup final was against Newcastle United at the Liberty, and Luke Moore popped up with the winner to move the club on to the magical point mark.
However, the form was about to dip as three straight defeats followed against West Brom , Arsenal and Spurs Despite these setbacks, there was yet more positive news coming out of the Liberty Stadium as boss Michael Laudrup signed a one-year contract extension that would keep him at the club until the summer of The month began with a draw against Norwich at Carrow Road as goals from Michu and Luke Moore secured a decent point for the visitors, while Wigan's participation in the FA Cup gave Laudrup's men a weekend off.
Southampton were the next visitors to the Liberty and in the glorious sunshine both sides played out a dismal goalless draw, before Chelsea got their revenge for January's League Cup defeat by winning at Stamford Bridge on April So the final month of the season was upon us and it began with a tough test against Manchester City. The corresponding fixture last season saw the Swans win and they produced another dogged display to secure a point ahead of the rearranged trip to Wigan. Roberto Martinez's men were fighting for Premier League survival once more and twice led at the DW Stadium, before goals from Angel Rangel, Itay Shechter and Dwight Tiendalli gave Swansea a first win in eight games and move them on to 46 points for the season - just one short of last season's haul.
It was quite some occasion as the home crowd paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson in his final home game in charge following his announcement to retire. The game was going accordibg to plan for United as Javier Hernandez gave them a first-half lead, but Michu levelled for the Swans after the restart.