Time now to vote for Manchester United's goal of the season. Sweet science and I discussed many of this season's fantastic goals in email exchanges and after that, I narrowed it down to five nominees. 117 goals were scored this season over five competitions so as you can probably imagine, narrowing it down wasn't the easiest task. If you're curious, the community voted Wayne Rooney's overhead kick as last season's goal of the season. Without further ado, here are the choices for this season in the order that they happened:
* 'A curling beauty' | Ashley Young | United 8-2 Arsenal | August 28, 2011: Young actually scored two curling far-post goals in this match, but the first one certainly stood out more. I'll let the pictures with motions do the describing:
* 'A knuckling belter' | Nani | United 3-1 Chelsea | September 18, 2011: After a hilarious and failing attempt by Juan Mata to defend, Nani stepped up and drove one into the top corner (goal is at the 1:29 mark in the video):
* 'Narrow-angled piledriver' | Antonio Valencia | Blackburn Rovers 0-2 United | April 2, 2012: The powerful, primal, and raw drive from such an impossible angle brought about an untypical and emotional celebration from the shy Ecuadorian.
* 'Side-step, shift, top corner' | Danny Welbeck | United 4-4 Everton | April 22, 2012
Danny calmly side-steps Johnny Heitinga before cooly curling one to the top corner.
* 'See space, drag defender, expertly exploit' | Wayne Rooney | United 4-4 Everton | April 22, 2012: This isn't about the cool finish by Wazza, it's about how he brilliantly combines with his strike partner Welbeck.
In case you missed it, you can still vote for MUFC Player of the Season (linked here), MUFC Young Player of the Season (linked here), and MUFC Match of the Season (linked here). The polls will be open for about another week and by the end of next week, I'll announce the winners from our community's voting. 'Most Improved Player' is next and it'll also be our final award to vote on.
Which goal did you pick? Why? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss the goals in the comments section below.