United’s 2012/13 Premier League triumph could be their last for a while

Manchester United last lifted the Premier League crown in the 2012/13 season in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge of the Red Devils. United were not outstanding during the campaign judged by the triumphs of Liverpool and Manchester City in recent years that swept away all comers. Ferguson’s men lost five games on their way to the title, beating out their nearest rivals City by 11 points. It was a masterclass from Ferguson squeezing out the remaining pips of an ageing team.

Robin van Persie was nothing short of sensational, scoring 26 times in the Premier League following his move from Arsenal. Wayne Rooney was on point with 12 goals, while Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa were also impressive in the final third. United claimed the title based on their prowess in front of goal, notching 86 goals over the course of the campaign. They conceded the highest amount of goals in the top four at 43, although five of those came on the final day of the season in a crazy 5-5 draw against West Brom at The Hawthorns.

That United were a well-oiled machine. The addition of Van Persie was the perfect complement to the team, pushing them over the line whereas in the previous season they were undone by Manchester City and Sergio Aguero on the final day of the term. The Dutchman provided the additional firepower that was required, while the veteran team had the belief to grind out results on a continual basis. An 18-game unbeaten run in the heart of the season was the foundation of their surge to the crown, which was only halted by Manchester City. However, Ferguson and his men regrouped and won the title with four games to spare.


The Red Devils were relentless more often than not under the Scot. Even when they lacked the talent of their rivals, they were always there and thereabouts. Since his departure the club have not sniffed the title, the closest coming in the 2017/18 season under the tenure of Jose Mourinho when they placed second. However, even then, United finished 19 points off the pace of Manchester City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has battled his critics since replacing the Portuguese in the dugout in December 2018. United have looked capable at times under his tenure, but there have also been far too many poor results. The struggles of Liverpool and Manchester City in the first half of the 2020/21 season could allow the Red Devils to enjoy their first attempt at claiming the crown since 2013. When visiting Space Casino betting on football you can back United at 13/2 to win the Premier League. Results such as their 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Anfield prove they are capable of grinding out necessary points that could make all the difference down the stretch.

However, United have lost the winning culture they built under Ferguson. There appears to be a lack of belief that they can maintain their standing in the title race even with Liverpool’s defensive injuries and City’s issues in the final third. Both their rivals underwent lengthy droughts without the top-flight crown. Unless United rediscover their aura that they notoriously built under Ferguson it could be a long time before they hoist the trophy aloft at Old Trafford once more.

Derby County Football Club 2007/08

Derby County Football Club 2007/08  In 2006/2007, Derby County finished third in the English Football League Championship and were promoted to the Premier League after beating West Bromwich Albion in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium. However, in 2007/08, Derby County became, without question, the worst team in the history of the Premier League, repeatedly hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons and breaking several unenviable records. Not exactly an ‘accomplishment’ you’d want as a club sponsor. Instead of drawing in online casinos uk as advertisers, local plumbers would surely soon become more likely!

The 2007/08 Premier League season started brightly enough, with a 2-2 draw against Portsmouth at Pride Park but, in the next four matches, the Rams conceded 22 goals and scored just one; after the fifth match of the season, a 6-0 defeat away to Liverpool, bookmaker Paddy Power began paying out on relegation bets. Ironically, in the sixth match, Derby County won their only match of the season, against Newcastle at Pride Park, leading manager Billy Davies to declare, ‘We’re up and running’.

Five days later, Derby County were beaten 5-0 away at Arsenal and, in November, with the Rams rooted firmly at the bottom of the Premier League table, Davies left the club ‘by mutual consent’ after eighteen months in charge. His replacement, former Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell, later described his decision to take over as ‘the worst move I’ve ever made’.

Jewell failed to improve results and, in late March, 2008, Derby County suffered the ignominy of becoming the first team to be relegated from the Premier League in March, with six games remaining. I’m pretty sure by this stage the players would’ve rather stayed home and played high roller online casinos . By the end of a wretched campaign, the Rams had still only won a single match, but lost 29 and, between September, 2007 and May, 2008, gone 32 consecutive league matches without winning. Derby County scored just 20 goals, but conceded 89, giving them a goal difference of -69 or, in other words, 44 goals worse than any other team in the Premier League, and amassed a paltry 11 points.

The ‘Hand of God’ 1986

The phrase ‘Hand of God’ was coined after Argentinian captain Diego Maradona described his first goal against England in the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup as being scored ‘a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.’

Early in the second half of the match, in the Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, with the scores level at 0-0, England midfielder Steve Hodge sliced a high, looping ball in the direction of his own penalty and what followed became one of the most iconic, and controversial, incidents in football history. As the ball dropped from the heavens, Maradona jumped alongside England goalkeeper Peter Shilton who, at 6′, stood 7″ taller than his dimunitive opponent. However, as Shilton reached forward with his right glove, Maradona raised his left fist, close to his head, and dexterously, but illegally, nudged the ball over the goalkeeper and into the empty net.

Maradona raced away towards the corner flag, pausing briefly to check if the match officials had noticed his infringement. Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser allowed the goal but, in the face of protests from the English players, looked in the direction of Bulgarian linesman Bogdan Dochev as he ran back towards the centre circle. Dochev – who later admitted that he had seen Maradona punch the ball over Shilton – gave no indication of handball and the goal stood.

To add insult to injury, just minutes later, Maradona carried the ball from inside half, outpacing English midfielder Peter Reid – who later described his vain pursuit of the Argentinian No. 10 as ‘like a kid chasing his Dad in the garden’ – and beating three defenders before slotting home past Shilton for his second goal. In 2002, the goal was voted ‘FIFA World Cup Goal of the Century’. Argentina won the match 2-1 and went on to win the FIFA World Cup Trophy, beating West Germany 3-2 in the final.

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