As always, this season’s Premier League has offered some of the most entertaining football games in the world.
Below is my list of the best five games this season.
Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United
Arguably the biggest result in this seasons title race - Manchester United marched six points clear of their bitter rivals after Robin van Persie’s deflected free kick in the 90th minute rifled past Joe Hart.
This was a Manchester derby which had the lot. Wayne Rooney’s double had given United a deserved 2-0 lead at half time until goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabletta brought City level with just five minutes to go. But Van Persie’s winner gave United a huge psychological advantage over their neighbours.
Ugly scenes followed as Rio Ferdinand was struck with a coin by somebody in the crowd, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever victory over Manchester City was perhaps his most important.
Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham
Another 3-2 score line involving Manchester United, but they were on the wrong end of it this time. Andre Villas-Boas’ first major test since replacing Harry Redknapp was to accomplish what no other Tottenham manager had done before him: beat United at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
Goals from Jan Vertonghen and Gareth Bale put Tottenham in control at half time. But this is a fixture where Tottenham’s half time lead means nothing and Manchester United threatened to repeat history when Nani reduced Tottenham’s lead to just one goal.
Clint Dempsey scored to put the visitors in 3-1 ahead just a minute later and Shinji Kagawa scored for United just a minute after Dempsey to make it 3-2. Spurs survived a late onslaught and AVB’s wild celebrations showed just what it meant to the north London club.
Swansea 3-4 Norwich
Premier League fans were treated to an early Christmas present as Norwich overcome Swansea in a cracker of a match at the Liberty City Stadium and extended their unbeaten run to nine games in the process.
Swansea’s promotion to the Premier League and their survival the year before was largely down to their impressive home form but goals from Steven Whittaker, Sebastian Bassong and Grant Holt gave Norwich a shock 3-0 lead at half time.
Bargain-buy Michu and on-loan midfielder Jonathon De Guzman brought Swansea back into the game before a brilliant free-kick from Robert Snodgrass put the game beyond Swansea’s reach.
Michu scored again in the closing minutes of injury time but it was too little too late as Norwich held on and became the first team to score four goals past Swansea at home.
Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle
Arsenal’s last game of 2012 was surely one of the most entertaining that year as both teams played out a ten goal thriller. Demba Ba’s deflected free kick cancelled out Theo Walcott’s opener and the score-line at half time was incredibly only 1-1.
But a frantic second half saw Arsenal twice lose a one goal lead after Sylvain Marveaux’s strike and Demba Ba’s second of the game cancelled out Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Lucas Podolski’s efforts. Arsenal then started to dominate the game, playing some breath taking football in the process.
Theo Walcott scored Arsenals fourth and substitute Oliver Giroud scored a late brace to put Arsenal 6-3 ahead. The rout wasn’t finished there however as Walcott completed his hat-trick in the last minute of the game.
West Brom 5-5 Manchester United
I actually began writing this list before the final weekend of the season, but there was no way I could leave this thriller out of my top five. Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1500th and final game in charge of Manchester United looked to be a routine win after Alex Buttner gave United a 3-0 lead inside of half hour.
James Morrison pulled on back for Albion just before half time to give the crowd a lift. Albion manager Steve Clarke then introduced the powerful Romelu Lukaku at half time for Liam Ridgewell in a decision which transformed the game. Lukaku curled past Lindegaard five minutes after the restart to put the game 3-2, but Robin van Persie and the lively Javier Hernandez made it 5-2.
As West Brom increased the tempo, Lukaku and Youssef Mulumbu both scored in less than a minute to reduce the deficit to just one goal with just ten minutes to go. Five minutes later, Mulumbu then set up Lukaku to score his third and West Brom’s fifth to give the Premier League its first ever 5-5 draw.
Well, Sir Alex was never going to bow out with a low key affair was he?
There you have it - I know there have been other great games to watch like Manchester United’s 4-3 victories over Newcastle and Reading, Reading and Fulham’s 3-3 draw or Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Everton, but I believe these games were more thrilling and unpredictable.
What were your top five games of the season? Let us know in the comments below.
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