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.

Brian Lara’s 501 Not Out (VIDEO)

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Brian Lara 501 Not Out 1994

Brian Lara 501 Not Out 1994 Trinidad-born batsman Brian Lara has the distinction of holding the two most sought-after records batting records in cricket, namely the highest individual score in Test, and first-class, cricket. In April, 1994, just days after signing for Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Lara scored 375 for West Indies against England in Antigua, thereby beating the previous world record, 365, set by Sir Garfield Sobers in 1958. That record was surpassed by Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden  who, in October, 2003, scored 380 against Zimbabwe in Perth, but reclaimed by Lara, courtesy of an unbeaten 400 against England, again in Antigua, the following April. An achievement that rivals some of my online blackjack winning runs!

On June 3, 1994, Lara came to the crease on the second day of a County Championship match between Warwickshire and Durham at Edgbaston Stadium, with Warwickshire at 8-1, following the early loss of opening batsman Dominic Ostler, in reply to a first innings total of 556-8 declared. He survived two early scares, being bowled, off a no-ball, by fellow West Indies’ international Anderson Cummins on 12 and dropped by wicketkeeper Chris Scott on 18, before settling in to reach 111, out of a total of 210-2, by the close of play.

The third day of the match was lost to rain and the following day was a rest day so, play resumed on June 5 with Warwickshire still needing 193 to avoid a follow-on. Nevertheless, Lara enjoyed stands of 314, 51 and 322 with Trevor Penney, Paul Smith and Keith Piper, for the third, fourth and fifth wickets, respectively. In the final over of the day, on 497, Lara was struck on the helmet by a ‘bouncer’ from occasional, medium-pace bowler John Morris, but drove the final ball of the day for four to take his score to 501 not out; in so doing, he surpassed the 499 scored by Hanif Mohammad for Karachi against Bahawalpur in 1959. Quite the achievement. Now I’m off to best online casinos nz to see if I can break a record of my own!

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Dancing Brave Defeated in Derby 1986

Dancing Brave Defeated in Derby 1986 The 80s gambling and sportings scene seems like another world now, light years away from online entertainment like https://www.bestusaonlinecasinos.com. Having won the Craven Stakes and the 2,000 Guineas with a minimum of fuss, despite stamina doubts over a mile-and-a-half, Dancing Brave was sent off well-backed 2/1 favourite for the Derby at Epsom in 1986. In the early stages, off a steady gallop, Dancing Brave was settled towards the rear of the 16-runner field by jockey Greville Starkey.

Approaching halfway, on the downhill run into Tattenham Corner, he was angled towards the outside and ridden along but, turning into the straight, Dancing Brave still only had two horses behind him. As the pace finally quickened, approaching the three-furlong marker, Dancing Brave started to make progress on the extreme outside. He continued to pick off rivals all the way up the straight, but inside the final furlong it soon became that the ‘bird’ – in the shape of second favourite, Shahrastani, who had struck for home under Walter Swinburn a furlong-and-a-half from home and wasn’t stopping – had flown.

Despite making up ground hand-over-fist in the closing stages, Dancing Brave had been set an insurmountable task and was still half a length behind at the line.Starkey had made the mistake – as later borne out by sectional timing – of lying too far out of his ground in a steadily-run race. He was widely pilloried for the defeat, which dogged him until the end of his career, so much so that, eventually, he refused to talk about the episode. Such a gesture seems rather tame in the context of today’s world. Nowadays we’d be too distracted with casinos online or angry tweets!