Season review: May

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Goal of the Month: May

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Player of the Month

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02/06/2013 09:00, Report by James Tuck

Title review: May

A trophy lift, a joyous parade, a 10-goal thriller and the end of a 26-year era…

Overview After the thrill of clinching the title, United were flat against Chelsea and fell to a late Juan Mata goal. Three days later, Sir Alex sent shockwaves through the football world by announcing his retirement, followed soon after by Paul Scholes. After Rio Ferdinand secured a late victory over Swansea with his first goal of the season, the Reds finally lifted the trophy as we bade an emotional farewell to the boss. An open-top bus parade preceded Sir Alex’s final game, a crazy 5-5 draw in the sunshine at West Brom.

Key moment With the title wrapped up before the month even began, there was only one real story in May. It’s hard to overestimate Sir Alex’s impact on Manchester United during his 26 years in charge, though the club have sought to ensure continuity and stability with the appointment of David Moyes on a six-year contract.

Star man Shinji Kagawa didn’t feature in the Chelsea defeat but the Japanese schemer impressed against Swansea and West Brom, where he headed home the early opener, to add further weight to Sir Alex’s assertion that he’ll be a key figure next term.

State of play The Reds finished the season as champions on 89 points, 11 ahead of second-placed Manchester City.

In the news: RvP named Player of the Season | Beckham retires | New deal for Rio

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