PREPARING FOR THE SEASON
Manchester United, which finished the previous season as champion 6 points ahead of its closest rival Chelsea, started the new season by further strengthening its already excellent squad with bomb transfers. Undoubtedly, Sir Alex Ferguson wanna achieve to get new and stronger success. In this context, Ferguson and his squad, who want to strengthen his team, made things easier with new transfers.
Undoubtedly, the most memorable transfer was Carlos Tevez, who first came from West Ham. United, which has offensive weapons such as Ronaldo, Rooney, Giggs, has intimidated its rivals with the Tevez transfer. As we were used to at that time, United again had opened to the Portuguese market. He made two promising transfers at the time, 20-year-old Nani and Anderson, who was called the future midfielder. Sir Alex and his team were now 2-3 steps closer to winning their goal, the Champions League. It was obvious how much he wanted this claim and wanted to bring the success he deserved to the city of Manchester, especially with the transfers of Hargreaves, Tevez, the young Nani and Anderson from Portugal.
There was Edwin Van Der Sar, who was a great experience at that time in the goal area. He would undoubtedly play the leading role in the success of that season. He was one of the names that Sir Alex Ferguson trusted infinitely. Gary Neville, who was still in the top 5 among the best defender (rigth) in the world, was remembered as an unchangeable player. He formed the right defender for Ferguson to write to the squad at that time. On the left is French star Patrice Evra. The French player, who guaranteed the left defender for years, was undoubtedly one of the key players in winning the Champions League at that time. The line of defense had a defensive line that would be remembered for centuries, not for years, and at United that the Ferdinand and Vidic defense was great.His position is still not filled despite hundreds of millions of dollars being spent. In midfield, Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes were a great duo. On the right midfield, Ronaldo and Nani played alternately. On the left, when there was no Giggs, Ronaldo was playing. The offensive line at 4-4-2 has never changed throughout the year Tevez-Rooney.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ADVENTURE
Manchester team matched in Group F with Roma, Sporting Lisbon and Dinamo Kiev. It was a relatively easy group for them. They were undefeated in this group with 5 wins and 1 draw. Moreover, they only conceded 4 goals in this process. Matching with Lyon in last 16 rounds, United was the absolute favorite, but the expected results against Lyon did not come. United, which drew 1-1 in the first match, reached the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win in the second match. This time the opponent was Rome in the quarter finals. The Rome match was much more comfortable than the Lyon match. Winning the first game 2-0 and the second game 1-0, the Manchester team got their name written in the semi-final. Alex Ferguson and his team were applauded for the football they played. The Manchester team, which was very close to the final in the Champions League, was competing with Chelsea, the super team of that period.Chealsea has a lots of great player like Anelka and Drogba. Matching with Barcelona in the semifinals, United was aware that the match would not be easy. Ferguson knew he had to play strong football against the team of Messi, Eto’o, Henry, Ronaldinho, Deco, Xavi and many more. While everyone thought that the United team would be eliminated, the team that defended the United team, especially Scholes and Carrick, undoubtedly deserved the round. They stopped efficient players like Deco, Messi and Xavi. They scored with Scholes’ goal and defended well and passed the round. Undoubtedly, after this game, Manchester United became everyone’s favorite. The Manchester team, who played brilliantly, and Ferguson were now very close to making another great history. No one did not notice the Calm Man Ferguson’s excited eyes. Chelsea was the frightening team of that period, which followed them in the rival league in the final. Ronaldo and Lampard scored the goals in the match played in Russia and ended 1-1. United won 6-5 on penalties. Ferguson and his team deserved it.
How did it happen?
Ferguson’s tactic was clear. They made important transfers where necessary. They fed Tevez, Ronaldo, Giggs and Rooney very well in the offense. They showed everyone that they were a team with the outstanding performances of their surprise players in the matches that could be called important. Everyone did their part, nobody did extra work. All football players gave a performance above a certain standard in each match. The substitutes were not angry with Ferguson, they impressed as they entered the game. They made the importance of team emphasis. The line of defense was not easily broken, the defenders who were used to each other played as long as they were not punished or injured. When the other players of the team entered later, they fulfilled all the tasks given by Ferguson. Coming as the back of Van Der Sar, Kuszczak played as effectively as Van Der Sar in the goal field. The combination of all these brought success.
WHAT ARE THEY DOING NOW?
Most of the players are retired and there are still those who continue playing football. The rest of them left a wonderful legacy. He left football in midfield duo Carrick and Scholes, but Ronaldo, who became a star on the right, was first transferred to Real Madrid with the record transfer fee of that period and then to Juventus, the team he is currently continuing. Despite being 35 years old, he is still ranked in the top 2 of the world’s best footballers. Giggs quit football and continued working for his club. Nani, on the other hand, has had a big decline in his career and is currently wearing the Orlando City jersey in America. Anderson, who came with great hopes and never gave what was expected at that time, left football in Adana Demirspor. Wayne Rooney is a player / coach in Derby County, while his partner Tevez continues his football life in Boca Juniors, one of his country’s football teams.
Of course, this team disbanded. Manchester United is a club that has always existed in the history of football, although the legacy they left behind does not give what is required now. When the team, which has been struggling to rebuild themselves and its system, will make us watch effective football like Ferguson football when they achieve this success? It is still a matter of curiosity. We hope that Manchester team add the Champions League trophy to their history again.