You need nerves of steel to be a United fan sometimes. After the defeat at Stamford Bridge, there was quite simply no more room for error in the two remaining league games of the season.
Thankfully, from the kick-off against West Ham it was clear that this game was going to serve up one of those performances where an irresistible Red tide overwhelmed the opposition and did not let up until victory was secured.
Ronaldo settled fans' nerves when he cut in from the right and drilled home a low shot home after only three minutes. A second followed from close in, then Carlos Tevez’s 25-yard screamer put United in control, only for Dean Ashton’s reply and Nani’s sending-off to cause ripples of unease. Just before the hour, though, Carrick made the result safe with a deflected shot.
In case anyone reading this doesn’t remember perfectly well what happened on that ‘win or bust’ final day, United survived a nervy start before Rooney was felled in the box and Ronaldo stepped up to put a trademark pen where the keeper wasn’t.
The tension was still high and the match called for experience and a cool head. None epitomise those qualities better than Ryan Giggs, so it was just as well that it was he who found space on the edge of the box to receive a pass from Rooney,
Sat 3 May West Ham (H) W 4-1
Sun 11 May Wigan (A) W 2-0
Goal of the Month
Tevez v West Ham, Sat 3 May
Famous for scoring crucial goals, the mercurial Argentinian once again chose a fine occasion to score a beauty to make it 3-0 in a must-win game. Collecting the ball on the left, he headed inside and just as most Reds were anticipating a lay-off to Ronaldo on his left or a defence-splitting pass, he unleashed a belter, which rocketed past Robert Green’s flailing dive into the top left corner.
ManUtd.com Player of the Month