Champions: May 2008
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