There are only two more games left to conclude this year’s World Cup before we can all concentrate on the domestic season ahead. Unfortunately, that season is still over a month away. So, to ease the withdraw symptoms likely to be caused by the disappearance of Lineker et al from the telly, to ease you into a month in which no real football is going to take place at all, here are some of the best goals you’re ever likely to see.
I did mention they’re all Manchester United goals, right?
5. Cantona vs Southampton (1995-96)
Just to demonstrate exactly what sort of class of goals we’re talking here, to kick us off is Eric Cantona’s sublime lob against Southampton in the 1995-96 season.
Dodging the laughable intrusion of two Southampton players before exchanging a neat one-two with Brian McClair, the Frenchman then had the audacity to find the far corner in the midst of an onrushing goalkeeper and a scrambling defender.
4. Scholes vs Bradford (1999-00)
Paul Scholes’ 2006 volley against Aston Villa, which was hammered home following a deflection from a corner, was voted the third best United goal in the previous decade. As good as it was, this absolute stunner against Bradford was something else. Combining the superb technique that would later result in the goal against Villa, with a pre-planned set piece, David Beckham placed a corner right on Scholes’ laces. The move was executed to perfection. The pass, the connection and the technique all had to be spot-on, and it was.
3. Ronaldo vs Porto (2009)
Ronaldo scored many wonderful goals during his time at Old Trafford, but this bolt from the blue is easily the Portuguese’s best. Even once this goal has been watched twenty or thirty times, the power and the precision exerted on the ball is unbelievable.
Ronaldo simply picks up the ball in an unoffending position and, from 40 yards out, unleashes a formidable rocket into the net, leaving the keeper more than a little shocked and, in all likelihood, a little embarrassed.
2. Beckham vs Wimbledon (1996)
How as a youngster do you announce your arrival? How do you get everyone’s attention? Well, it’s simple. You score from the half-way line of course. Pele would be proud.
1. Giggs vs Arsenal (1998-99)
Possibly the greatest goal in Manchester United history and possibly the greatest ever FA Cup goal. Patrick Viera hands a misplaced pass to Ryan Giggs who, from just inside his own half, then decides to run flat out at the Arsenal defence, beating five men until thumping the ball into the roof of the net. Exquisite.
Delirum ensues as some kind of shaven gorilla takes to the pitch in place of the Welshman.
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