Date:Monday May 12 2008
Nobody, but nobody gave a chance to United in August 2006. We were written off, ridiculed, tipped for 4th and 5th place by some journalists. Our squad was deemed not good enough, not deep enough, our manager was losing the plot and the club was heading to the abyss.
However, it seems our players forgot to read the press and therefore they weren't aware of their hopelessness. We stormed to the league title with a magnificently consistent campaign and deservedly lifted the trophy in May.
The summer strengthening meant that United were hailed as favourites before the start of next season (this season if you like). We recovered from a terrible start, pushed a resurgent Arsenal to the edge then kept a stubborn Chelsea team behind us to retain our Premier League title.
Both titles were achieved with entertaining attacking football and both were fully deserved. But which one was the better for us, fans?
I'd say that I can't separate them. After all the criticism we received in 2006 it was an overwhelming relief, a disbelieving joy to win it. And there was pride involved, too: United once again showed the so-called 'experts' that they know sweet FA. It was so very typical: written off totally but storming back to defy everyone. Very, very satisfying but above all, surprising.
This title was even more satisfying but not as joyful. We were the favourites and for the best part of the season we played like favourites. Lifting the trophy capped a season of good hard work, work that we've expected. The new signings gelled and made very important contributions and we achieved what is one of the mark of great teams: back-to-back titles.
And this time the title race was far more exciting, there were more twists and turns so it was exhilarating. But, I repeat, nowhere near as unexpected, as incredible as last year's success. What do you think: which title victory was the sweeter for you?
Date:Monday May 12 2008
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