Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year for the second year running after scoring an outstanding 38 goals in all competitions so far this season.
His manager, Sir Alex Ferguson presented him with the award.
His response was ”I feel very happy. It is a great moment, it is an honour, a pleasure,”
Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas picked up the young player of the year award.
Players also nominated for the Player of the year award were:
Fernando Torres – Liverpool
Steven Gerrard – Liverpool
Cesc Fabregas -Arsenal
Emmanuel Adebayor – Arsenal
David James -Portsmouth
Ronaldo had a chance to put United ahead after 2 minutes when Gabriel Milito handballed his header. However in a rare lapse he sidefooted his penalty wide and hit the post. He then had a blatant penalty turned down when he latched on to an errant pass from Andres Iniesta and Rafael Marquez got his body in the way bringing Ronaldo down in the box. The ref refused to give it though.
Barcelona dominated the match, having over 60% of the possession, but did nothing with it. Utd were good defensively with a reworked backline – with Wes Brown at centre-back and Owen Hargreaves filling in at right-back. Nemanja Vidic withdrew from the game due to a stomach problem.
Van der Sar did well to save a number of strikes, but nothing was too demanding for him. Most were from outside the penalty area.
In the end a 0-0 draw is not ideal, but it could be worse. Utd just have to keep up their good defense at home and score one goal.
Fred Harrison, a 68 year old Middlesborough fan had his arm broken during the 2-2 draw a couple of weeks ago. It has just surfaced in the news that Mr Harrison was using his arm to protect his face and glasses from an off-target Ronaldo shot. The ball flew over the crossbar and the powerful shot hit the 68 year old lower arm, which was later diagnosed as broken.
Mr Harrison, however has no hard feelings towards Ronaldo. ”I definitely think he’s the best footballer in the world,” he said.
Ronaldo scored his 28th premiership (38th overall) goal of the season today against Arsenal after a Gallas handball.
Arsenal took the lead with Adebayor’s goal on 48 minutes after he poked in Robin van Persie’s cross from close range. Ronaldo then made it 1-1 after 54 minutes from the penalty spot. He had to take the penalty twice, because of encroaching players, but he cooley slotted home against Lehmann the second time around.
Hargreaves curled in a great free-kick with 18 minutes left to win United the game.
Arsenal had some good moments, and Ferguson even admitted so himself, but united shone through and pushed towards the title.
Ronaldo has won the premiership player of the month award for march. He played in all 5 games, scoring 5 goals and getting 3 assists. Manager Alex Furguson also won manager of the month after his team won all 5 games comfortably without conceding a goal.
Ronaldo has now won the award 4 times. However he has a long way to go to catch Sir Alex who has now received it 21 times!
Ronaldo scored his 37th goal of the season (27th in the league) this weekend against Middlesborough inside 10 minutes after he converted Michael Carrick’s cross. However it only earned them a draw as Middlesborough’s new sharp shooter Afonso Alves took advantage of united’s shaky defense and the game ended 2-2, with Utd leveling through rooney’s 74th minute strike.
but still, its another goal to add to Ronaldo’s tally, and here are those 37 beauties!…
Manchester United grabbed 2 crucial away goals against Roma in the first half quarter final tie against Roma tonight. Ronaldo and Rooney we on spectacular form.
Ronaldo scored in the 39th minute from an amazing header. He covered a massive amount of ground to meet Paul Scholes’s cross and fire the ball into the back of the net. His momentum left him a little dazed, but he soon got back to his feet and had a host of near misses.
Rooney’s goal was less of a spectacle. Park’s header from Wes Brown’s cross was parried by the keeper and Rooney bundled in from inside the 6 yard box.
Roma played well and had a lot of the ball, but failed to convert any chances, with Van der Sar only having to make one save. United were a bit swamped after the break when Roma tried to come back from 1-0 down, but it didnâ€™t last long and late on it could have ended up 5 or 6-0 to Utd.