Highs and Lows
Manchester United Football Club
fans of English football and the Premiership in particular would
agree that Manchester United have certainly had their share of
'Highs' in the twelve seasons since the Premiership began... and
what would be considered a 'Low' by Utd fans (such as finishing
third behind Arsenal and Chelsea) would in fact be considered
a significant 'High' by most other clubs!
Here are what
I consider to be some of Manchester United's major highs and lows
since the inaugural Premiership season kicked off in 1992:
a total of just twelve seasons, Man. United have lifted the
Premiership trophy no less than eight times and a particular
high was taking the title in the very first Premiership season.
have achieved the Premiership and F.A. Cup 'double' three times
....... in 1994, 1996 and in 1999.
won more Premiership games, won more points and suffered less
defeats than any other team in the league.
United have scored the greatest number of goals overall since
the Premiership began and in fact also hold the record for the
most goals scored in a single season: 97 scored in 1999-2000.
also hold the record for the highest number of goals in a Premiership
game which they achieved in March 1995 with a 9-0 victory against
Ipswich ....... a game where Andy Cole scored five of the goals.
major low for Manchester United came at the end of the 2003-2004
season when they not only finished outside of the top two (a
full fifteen points behind the winners Arsenal) but also equaled
their lowest ever points total for a season.
can forget Frenchman Eric Cantona's infamous flying kung fu
attack on a fan at Crystal palace in 1995? His kick may have
looked at home in a Bruce Lee film but it earned him an eight
month suspension which many consider was a major factor in United
losing the title that season to Blackburn Rovers.
there were two major lows for Manchester United:
first was David Beckham leaving to join Real Madrid. His
£25 million transfer fee was good for the United coffers
but not so good for the team as there was no suitable replacement
waiting to step into his shoes.
second was defender Rio Ferdinand, the record £30
million signing from Leeds United, being banned for eight
months for missing a routine drugs test.
interested in a very detailed, month by month view of Manchester
United's twelve years in the Premiership, I fully recommend The
Breedon Book of Premiership Records by Breedon Books which
is available from their website at: http://www.breedonbooks.co.uk/publications/1859834191.html
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