Top five: Manchester United goal of the season contenders
Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney & Rafael have all scored stunning goals for the Red Devils this season
With the season coming to a close, everyone is talking about the moments that have stood out and, in particular, the goals that have stood out.
And just like any other season, the 2012/13 season has been full of sensational goals, from long-range volleys to breathtaking solo efforts.
This season has been one of the best for Manchester United as they have recovered brilliantly from the heartbreak of losing the title to rivals Manchester City on the last day of last season, by winning the title this year with four games remaining.
The summer signing of Robin van Persie from Arsenal is surely one of the main reasons the title is going back to Old Trafford, but all together the team has been by far the best performers in the campaign.
Along with the Premier League title, United have scored some absolutely fantastic goals along the way - and here we choose our top five from this season.
5. Shinji Kagawa v Norwich City
People might think a good goal must be drilled in from 30-yards or volleyed home, but that simply is not the case and Manchester United and Kagawa proved that with this goal.
Not only was it a great goal, it was a goal that secured Kagawa's hat-trick - and his first in the Premier League.
After Danny Welbeck picked up the ball just inside the Norwich half, he then ran at the heart of the Norwich defence before laying off the ball to Wayne Rooney.
After looking up, Rooney saw Kagawa storming through the middle of the City defence and with a perfectly weighted first-time pass, the striker found the Japanese midfielder who then took one touch to beat two defenders and then another touch to chip the out-rushing goalkeeper delicately. A great build-up and a lovely little finish from the midfielder.
4. Tom Cleverley v Newcastle United
Now, I was debating whether or not to put this into the top five list because I am not sure if he meant it or not. In my personal opinion he has tried to cross the ball but he's overhit it; however, the ball has found its way into the top corner - so, in my books, it's still a quality goal.
After Wayne Rooney held off the defence well he then rolled the ball back to Cleverley, who then looked up and curled the ball into the far corner over Steve Harper. Whether he meant it or not, it was still an audacious effort from around 20-25yards out. A questionable inclusion but if he meant it, you cannot question the inclusion.
3. Wayne Rooney v Norwich City
It seems like you cannot go a season without Wayne Rooney scoring a sensational goal and this was probably his best in the 2012/13 campaign.
After seeing Kagawa bag a hat-trick, Rooney wasn't going to sit back and let that be the highlight of the game as he picked the ball up from about 25-yards out, he then dropped his shoulder past one defender and then bulleted a shot towards the Norwich goal and saw it nestle into the top corner, much to the delight of the Old Trafford faithful.
A great strike from Rooney yet again.
2. Rafael v Queens Park Rangers
Out of all the players Manchester United have, you wouldn't really expect to see their right-back make the top five - but for this goal, Rafael easily deserves to get the second spot.
Despite saying that, the Brazilian right-back has been known to score some rockets before and this one is well up there with the best. After a Robin van Persie cross-cum-shot was parried away by Julio Cesar, Rafael came storming in and after the ball bounced perfectly. The Brazilian unleashed a half-volley which saw the ball fly into the top corner past his Brazilian team-mate.
A brilliant strike from an ever-improving right-back.
1. Robin van Persie v Aston Villa
There is no surprise that Robin van Persie tops the list because he is capable of scoring some sensational goals and in a perfect fit, their goal of the season so far came in the game that won them their 20th Premier
With just a win needed over relegation-threatened Villa, United took an early lead against them after a Van Persie goal - and when they doubled the lead, it was through pure class.
After Wayne Rooney picked up the ball just inside his own half, he then produced a sensational over-the-top ball to strike-partner Van Persie, who then expertly volleyed the ball first-time past Brad Guzan. A similar goal to what he scored for Arsenal last year just goes to show how talented he really is. The pass from Rooney was 100% perfect and the finish that followed was just as special.
With four games left there may still be time for another goal to be scored that deserves to be in the top-five, but from this point, I believe these are the best goals United have scored so far this season.
Now I am sure people will have other goals in their mind but, for me, these are the ones that stand out.
Feel free to comment your United goal of the season candidates.
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