The European leagues are finally over and now TEENage would like to give you our readers a review of the champions of the elite European competitions. We start with the EPL hat-trickers Manchester United.
Nemanja Vidic as the MVP of the 2008-2009 EPL season for Manchester United.
League: Barclay's English Premier LeagueYear: 2008-2009
Winner: Manchester United
Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson
MVP: Nemanja Vidic
Goals scored: 68
Goals conceded: 24
Top Scorer (goals): Cristiano Ronaldo (18)
League Record: 28-6-4
For those of you who remember, in our Champions Profile last season we closed with the question, "can Man U bring this form into next season and make it a hat-trick of titles or will another team rise up and claim supremacy?"
Well, as we have all witnessed, for the third season in a row, the Red Devils have proven to be more composed and focused than their rivals in the quest for English league success.
The season started out just as any other, with Man U slow out of the blocks for various reasons inclusive of the European Super Cup and Club World Cup competitions that they compete. In addition, their MVP of last season Cristiano Ronaldo was inactive due to injury.
As the season and rounds progressed Manchester United slowly began to pull them back into the title race capitalising on the mistakes of forerunners Chelsea and Liverpool, the former beginning in sublime form much to the prowess of Nicolas Anelka.
By January 17, the hard work had finally paid off and the Man U defence and goalkeeping celebrated their 10th consecutive clean sheet with a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers to hand them the lead. Dimitar Berbatov got the late winner and this was just the beginning of many game-winning goals which combined superbly with the back four to lead Man U to their third straight title.
The 2007-2008 EPL victory was mainly accredited to the forwards, but this season (2008-2009), the defence showed why they are dubbed "the best in the world" at present.
Though the team scored 12 goals less and conceded two goals more than they did last season, the 10-plus streak of clean sheet victories was ultimately what allowed the Red Devils to keep up with the league leaders until they were able to take over.
In TEENage's opinion, centre back Nemanja Vidic claimed the MVP award (narrowly ahead of 'keeper Edwin van Der Sar) for this very reason. The Serbian commanded the back line with sheer brilliance for most of the season in addition to shepherding new comers Rafael Da Silva and Jonny Evans.
The emergence of Federico Macheda also proved vital as his game-winning goals against Aston Villa and Sunderland in consecutive games gave his teammates the motivation they needed to continue their push for the title. On the final streak, a 5-2 come-from-behind win against Tottenham Hotspurs was the game which showed the world that Man U deserved the title.
Three seasons in a row is not an easy feat, but Manchester United pulled it off so TEENage sends congratulations to the club and the fans. Let us see if they can make it four in row!
Finally football season is over..........and once again Manchester United are CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!Though we din claim the CL we had a fantastic season breaking records along the way and we equalled Liverpool's record of 18 league titles...........n next eyar we're gonna surpass it.......
Glory! Glory Man United & The Reds go Marching on on on!!!!!!!!!