Worst Of Manchester United 2008/09
We won the League Cup, the Club World Cup, reached a second consecutive Champions League final and won our third consecutive league title, to equal Liverpool's record of 18. So, overall, a fantastic season. However, it had some horrible parts - and we've picked the very worst ones here.
Worst performance of the season
United 1-4 Liverpool. Don't make me recount the details please.
Worst game of the season
The 2-0 win over City has its merits but nothing beats the Champions League group game at Villarreal: a dire, unwatchable 0-0 draw with plenty of sneaky little fouls, playacting and verbal abuse of the referee.
Worst player of the season
This dubious honour belongs to Luis Almeida da Cunha alias Nani: he was wretched during this campaign - and the biggest reason of our attempt to sign Antonio Valencia. Crossing, dribbling, anticipation, decisions, finishing - everything was awful.
Worst goal conceded
A mention must go to Lionel Messi's header (...) in Rome but nothing beats Liverpool's Anfield equaliser - a goal which no Liverpool player had anything to do with. The ball got deflected off Evra, Van der Sar rushed out of his goal and beat it away - but it hit Wes Brown and rolled into the net...
Worst miss of the season
It wasn't a crucial miss but Carlos Tevez's attempt against City was unforgettable. He headed the ball against the post from about 40 inches... How did he miss that, I'll never know.
Worst penalty of the season
Dimitar Berbatov's nonchalant approach virtually put us out of the Cup. His spot-kick in the shootout against Everton lacked power and accuracy but otherwise it was all right.
The most pathetic strop of the campaign
That can only belong to Cristiano Ronaldo. Having scored the crucial opener against City, Ronaldo was enjoying himself on the pitch and asked some serious questions from City's defence. However, with United 2-0 up and 30 minutes to go, Fergie called him off the pitch to preserve him for the upcoming games at Wigan and against Arsenal. He proceeded to throw his training top to the ground and sat on the bench shaking his head till the end of the 90 minutes...
The worst decision by a United player
Has to be Ronaldo again: at Eastlands with United 1-0 up he had a chance to put us two goals clear: he only had to buy a free header after a corner. However, he apparently heard a whistle (which never came) and beat the ball away with his hands... he duly picked up his second yellow card and we had to hold on with 10 men.
The worst refereeing decision of the season
Howard Webb against Spurs - and obviously I'm not talking about the penalty of which the media made a big deal out of but Wilson Palacios' disgraceful, horrible tackle which could have ended Ronaldo's season had he not jumped out of the way. Webb did not even book the Spurs midfielder though he clearly should have been sent off. Apalling and even more apalling that all the talk was about the penalty decision which was essentially correct even though Webb's been crucified for it.