Thursday, May 17, 2018

+ United’s 1000 PL games : Voting results revealed

+ United’s 1000 PL games : Voting results revealed

Last weekend’s match against Watford was United’s 1,000th in Premier League era and to mark this significant milestone, the club ran a series of special polls to vote on 5 categories: Best Goal, Best Game, Best Save, Best Player and Greatest XI, which enable you to pick an ultimate line-up from entire era. The fans voted in thousands and here are results of the 1st 4 of those polls, with identity of the Greatest XI to follow soon...

Best Goal : Wayne Rooney v Man City (H), 2010|11
No real surprises here with Rooney’s astonishing overhead kick in the derby gleaned 53% of all the vote, Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick against Portsmouth(9%) and Robin van Persie’s volley against Aston Villa(8%) while interestingly, all 3 goals were scored at Old Trafford's East Stand.

Best Save : David De Gea v Chelsea (A), 2011|12
United's current no.1 claimed the top 2 places, with his flying save that denied Juan Mata’s free-kick from creeping into top left corner being a comfortable winner on 28% followed by a 2014|15 effort of tipping over Everton’s Bryan Oviedo shot (18%) while Peter Schmeichel’s thwarting on John Barnes at Newcastle United in 1997|98 season came 3rd (13%).

Best Player : Cristiano Ronaldo
It was an intriguing contest due to a plethora of greats to choose from, with Ronaldo coming out on top, as 24% of fans recognising his ascent to superstardom during his 6 seasons at Old Trafford. Ryan Giggs who made 632 appearances in the competition, was a close runner-up with 21% while Treble-winner & Class of ’92 graduate Paul Scholes 3rd(17%).

Best Game : United 4 Man City 3, 2009|10
This one was closer, much closer with only 87 votes separating 2010’s dramatic Manchester derby win from that believable 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal a couple of years later while the Reds’ superb comeback in the 2nd-half to win 5-3 at Tottenham Hotspur in 2002 completed a top 3.

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