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And the RoM Goal Of The Season is…

According to Match of the Day, Wayne Rooney claimed the goal of the season last year, for the second time in three years, for the great goal scored against Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford.

This year, Arsenal’s Adebayor claimed the award for his effort against Spurs.

But which goal did the RoM forum vote as our greatest of the season?

Paul Scholes goal BarcelonaThe nerves before our European Cup semi-final were stronger than anything I’d experienced for a while (obviously, this came before the make or break match against Wigan and the Champions League final against Chelsea a couple of weeks later) as a United fan.

We were on the brink of massive success and the pressure of winning the European Cup, in the year that marked the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, as well as the 40th anniversary of us becoming the first English team to win the cup, was huge.

After Ronaldo missed a penalty at the Nou Camp, there was definitely a sense of the feeling that we might have blown it.

The Barcelona team, whilst struggling for consistency in their domestic league, were only rivalled by United as a team most capable of ripping their opposition to shreds. Messi, Eto’o, Xavi, Iniesta, Deco and Henry were all strong candidates for giving our back four, who were missing the important figure of Vidic, a run for their money.

The atmosphere was the best it had been in years. I turned up at the ground, unusually for me, a couple of hours early, to soak it all up. The streets around the ground were packed already, thousands of people parading around in their United vs Barca scarves. There was a real sense of excitement, as much as there was anticipation and nervousness.

The volume and frequency of songs was outstanding. For the final half an hour, everyone around me was standing and the stewards didn’t bat an eyelid. For once, they could appreciate the occasion for what it was and left us be. “United are going to Moscow!” we bellowed from before the whistle.

Wilf McGuinness had given an emotional battle cry before kicking off, urging us to cheer every pass, every corner, every throw in. Do it for the Babes and do it for the team. It was incredible.

It was therefore fitting that the goal that came in this game, the one that carried us through to our third European Cup final, was one of such beauty.

A neat one two between Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand saw the ball land at Cristiano Ronaldo’s feet just inside the Barcelona half. He carried the ball to the edge of the box, with two opposition players chasing him. Deco made a challenge, clearly only as far as Paul Scholes.

Much had been made of Paul Scholes in the lead up to the match, with the press regularly reminding us that he had cruelly missed out on our last European Cup final appearance through suspension. Ferguson had previously said if we made the final, Scholes would get a place out of sentimentality. I can’t imagine Paul was too impressed with the notion of getting place in the team for this reason, so scored the goal that confirmed there was no way we could leave him out of our match in Moscow.

Less than quarter of an hour player, 25 yards out, he took one touch to control it, before rifling it past Valdes, with Puyol and Milito only able to stand and watch. Magic.

So, on the off chance you’re not bored with watching it, here is RoM’s goal of the season, won with 44.1% of the vote.

Do you agree?

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. united in brum says:

    I think the voters were right, an incredible goal on the night that needed that bit of magic, although it’ll be a very long time until we see a better free kick than ronaldo’s v pompey.

    And as for the Barca game, the stewards gave up trying to sit us down after about the first 3 minutes!!!

  2. ManUtd Malaysia says:

    I have to agree with that. Great goal and one of the most important in the season.

  3. Patrik says:

    Fantastic goal, although I prefer Ronaldos free-kick and Tevez goal after Rooneys brilliant pass, but in terms of beauty AND importance this one stands out, and since it’s Scholes I must say that he deserves every award he can get.

  4. Craig Mc says:

    It’s good enough!.

  5. jatt united says:

    tevez against villa was my favourite, the passing and movement, but scholesys was the most important in hindsight, so cant argue!!

  6. ben says:

    gr8 decision, no doubt the most important goal of the season and no man deservd 2 send us 2 the final mor than scholesy !!!

  7. Sam says:

    you clever little ginger fooker – this is the real stardom at OT :P

  8. Tom F says:

    Amazing to watch and just as important as any goal we’ve scored this season but the Tevez goal set up by Rooney against ‘Boro won my vote. It was just a beautifully imagined bit of play that only comes by every now and then.

    Scott-what were your choices in each subject for RoM’s season awards?

  9. Gel Boy says:

    When that ball broke loose there is only one player in the world I would have wanted at the other end of it.

    There are those moments when you know the ball is bursting the back of the net before the players even touched it and as soon as I saw Scholesy lining up I knew what the outcome would be.

  10. jimmy Bob says:

    scholes goal v barca and giggs v wigan most important but scholes wast he better of the 2 other great goals , tevez goal v boro , nani got 3 belters v boro spurs and the dippers , ronney curler v the barcodes and hargreaves free kick v the greatest footballing side in the history of the universe ever (even though they win nowt)

  11. Ian Rothera says:

    Tevez vs Villa was the best goal I’ve seen United score in years. 4 passes in the space of 15 yards, superb movement from the 3 players involved, leaving a very good defence watching shadows. Scholesey’s was without doubt the most important, so it’s hard to question the vote.

  12. sittingbison says:

    I felt the same as gelboy

  13. donibrasco says:

    ronaldo v pompey
    tevez v westham
    ronaldo backheel
    ronaldo v chelsea
    nani v spurs,boro
    sholes v barca
    in that order

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