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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ten Greatest Manchester United Moments

When Real Madrid came out of the hat as Manchester United’s opponents for the last 16 of the Champions League, the minds of all United fans everywhere switched to one man, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese skipper will return to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving the club in the summer of 2009. He will return for the second leg of the tie and will be greeted with a huge round of applause and the customary ‘Viva Ronaldo’ United chants.

In our today’s Picture Specials, we have a look at Ronaldo’s ten greatest moments during his time with the Old Trafford club…

1.  Joins United from Sporting Lisbon (July 2003)

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2. Debut vs Bolton Wanderers (August 2003)

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3. Goal vs Milwall in the 2004 FA Cup final (May 2004)

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4. First Premier League title (May 2007)

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5. Back to back PFA and FWA awards (May 2007)

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6. Stunning freekick against Portsmouth (January 2008)

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7. Winning the Champions League final against Chelsea (May 2008)

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8. Named FIFA Player of the Year (December 2008)

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9. 40-yard goal against Porto (April 2009)

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10. Transferred to Real Madrid for world record fee (June 2009)

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Premier League New Signings Best XI

With just over two weeks to go for the new 2012/13 Premier League season to begin, we continue to look forward to it and build up for the new season. Today, we have decided to make a best XI of the new signings done by the Premier League clubs this summer.  

The team is formed by using the 4-2-3-1 formation. It also has a manager (who has been recently appointed) and seven substitutes. Have a look at the them and feel free to comment below.

GK – ROBERT GREEN (WEST HAM TO QPR – FREE)

The experienced England keeper may be still haunted by the goal he conceded against USA in the 2010 World Cup, but he is a safe and reliable man to have inbetween the sticks. Hughes snapped him up for free after his contract with the Hammers came to an end this June.

RB – NATHANIEL CLYNE (CRYSTAL PLACE TO SOUTHAMPTON – £2M)

The young, highly-rated but talented right-back joined the Saints for a compensation fee after his contract with the Eagles expiered in the summer. The 21-year-old, who was once a target of Manchester United, will add a lot pace to Southampton’s defence and will be a constant threat on the right-side.

CB – JAN VERTONGHEN (AJAX TO TOTTENHAM – £11M)

The Belgium international was chased by a hosts of top clubs across Europe, but in the end Tottenham won the race to sign him. With Ledley King having announced his retirement in the past month, Vertonghen will be a perfect addition to the squad and his presence will be felt at the back.

CB – RON VLAAR (FEYENOORD TO ASTON VILLA – £3.5M)

The Dutch international has spent the best part of his eight year career at Feyenoord and the hard tackling defender – who had a decent Euro 2012 campaign compared to his team – will be a great addition to Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa side – who have been poor at the back in the past couple of seasons.

LB – FABIO (MANCHESTER UNITED TO QPR – LOAN)

The young United left-back has been primed for big things in the future, but his opportunities and Old Trafford have been very limited. The pacey Brazilian, who is good with either foot is expected to be R’s first choice left-back at Loftus Road and will be hoping to impress his employees with a good season under Mark Hughes.

CM – OSCAR (INTERNACIONAL TO CHELSEA – £28M)

The young Brazilian has been one of the top performers for his country at the Olympics this year and his big money move to Chelsea has excited a lot of fans. The playmaker, who has great vision, passing and an eye for spectacular goals, is tipped for big things at Stamford Bridge.

CM -GYLFI SIGURDSSON (HOFFENHEIM TO TOTTENHAM – £8.8M)

The Iceland international had a very successful loan spell with Swansea last term and that attracted a lot of suitors for the 22-year-old midfielder. The former Reading star snubbed offers from Liverpool and Swansea to join Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham and is expected to play a major role at White Hart Lane this season.

LW – LUKAS PODOLSKI (FC KOLN TO ARSENAL – £11.4M)

It’s not often that you see Arsene Wenger buying experienced and proven talents over youngsters, but this signing of the German international, who has more than 100 caps to his name, could be a masterstroke and could well help the Gunners win their first ever major silverware in more than seven years.

CAM – SHINJI KAGAWA (DORMUND TO MANCHESTER UNITED – £13.2M)

Kagawa has seen a steap rise in his career from Japanese League football to Premier League football in the last three years or so. The Japanese international was named the Bundesliga player of the season last term after helping Dortmund do the domestic double and his transfer to United has delighted the United fans. The playmaker is expected to play a key role in helping United regain their Premier League title this season.

RW – EDEN HAZARD (LILLE TO CHELSEA – £32.5M)

The highly-rated playmaker was the most sought-after property in Europe at the start of the summer. Manchester City and Manchester United were both interested in him, but in the end Chelsea landed the Belgium international after winning the Champions League. Roman Abramovich has again splashed a lot of money on a youngster who is expected to become one of the best player in the world.

ST – OLIVIER GIROUD (MONTPELLIER to ARSENAL – £10.5M)

The France international had a great last season as helped Montpellier win their first ever league title in their history. Arsenal ssigned the striker early in the summer beating off competition from several clubs across Europe. With skipper Robin van Persie expected to leave in the near future, Giroud will have a huge role to play this season.

Manager – ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS (UNEMPLOYED TO TOTTENHAM)

The Portuguese had a distatourous time at Stamford Bridge which lasted for just over nine months, after he had helped Porto to do the treble in the previous season by winning the League, domestic cup and the Europa League. Villas-Boas was given another chance to prove himself in the Premier League after he was appointed as the new boss at White Hart Lane to succeed Harry Redknapp. The 34-year-old will be hoping make the most of his second chance and help Tottenham secure Champions League football for the next season.

Subs – Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton to West Ham for Free), Steven Whittaker (Rangers to Norwich for Free), James Collins (Aston Villa to West Ham for £2.8m), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen to Chelsea for £8.6m), Park Ji-Sung (Manchester United to QPR for £2.7m), Junior Hoilett (Blackburn to QPR for Free), Fabio Borini (Roma to Liverpool for £11.7m).

Top 7 Teenagers To Watch In The Premier League

With just more than a month to go for the new Premier League season to kick-off, it’s time to look forward and build-up to it. Today, we look at the top 7 teenagers (under-20 years of age) to keep an eye on in the upcoming Premier League season.

1. ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN – ARSENAL

‘The Ox’ joined Arsenal from Southampton last season and was very impressive in his debut season in Premier League. The 18-year-old made 26 appearances for the Gunners during the last campaign and scored four times. His performances in the league caught the eye of the new England boss Roy Hodgson and was picked for the Euros in Poland/Ukraine. The winger, who started his country’s opening game against France, has been capped five times by the Three Lions.

The 18-year-old has a lot of pace and his direct attacking style has been already loved by Arsenal faithful. Chamberlain broke into the first team last season and he is expected to stay there & play an important role for Arsene Wenger’s team this season, who love to give the teenagers a chance to prove themselves.

2. NICK POWELL – MANCHESTER UNITED

Powell joined Manchester United from Crewe Alexandra this summer for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £4m. The 18-year-old caught the eye of many top Premier League clubs with his impressive displays for the League Two side as he played an important role in helping Crewe win the playoffs. The England U-18 international made a total of 38 appearances last season scoring 14 goals including the winning goal in the nPower League Two Play-Offs final at the Wembley.

Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed in the press conference yesterday that he would be developing the teenager in center midfield role and with United having many problems in that position over the past couple of years, Powell could get his chances this season. The attacking midfielder is certain to feature in most of the Capital One Cup games and FA Cup games this year.

3. ROMELU LUKAKU – CHELSEA

Lukaku moved to Stamford Bridge last season from Belgium side Anderlecht for a fee around £18m. The 19-year-old, who is dubbed as the ‘next Didier Drogba’, was tipped for big things last year but he hardly got a chance to impress. The Belgium international, who has been capped 14 times by his country, made just eight Premier League appearances and failed to score a single goal.

The former Anderletcht striker was one of the flop signings of last year, but with both Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba having left the club and with just Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge ahead of him in the pecking order, this might well be the year where the teenager may get the chance to impress at the bigger stage.

4. ROSS BARKLEY – EVERTON

Barkley has been the part of Everton’s successful youth academy and has come through the ranks at Goodison Park. The 18-year-old has been at the fringes of the senior team ever since signing the professional contract at the start of the last season. The England U-21 international has made a total of six appearances for Toffees – mostly from the bench – in the Premier League since making his debut against QPR in the opening game of last season.

The midfielder, who has been predicted to ‘become one of the best ever player to play for England’ by Martin Keown, is expected to get much more game time this season than what he got last season. With a lower budget to spend in the tranfer market, David Moyes is certain to give Barkley and many other young players a chance to play in the first team.

5. JOSH McEACHRAN – CHELSEA

The creative midfielder, who is the product of Chelsea’s youth academy, is heralded as the future of the Blues. McEachran made his first team debut for the Blues in a Champions League match against MSK Zilina in September 2010 and ever since has been around the senior team making a total of 22 appearances in all competitions. The 19-year-old, who is touted as the natural successor to Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea.

The England U-21 international, who has the talent and potential in him to become one of England’s best midfielder in future is expected to spend next season away on loan at a Premier League side where he might get some more first team football than at Chelsea, due to the competition for a place in the starting XI at the Stamford Bridge club.

6. CONNOR WICKHAM – SUNDERLAND

Sunderland signed Wickham last summer from the Championsip side Ipswich for a fee of £8m. The 19-year-old was tipped for big things but his first season in the Premier League was a bad one. He was able to find the back of the net just once in 15 appearances as the Black Cats struggled without the services of Danny Welbeck, Darrent Bent and Asamoah Gyan, who were all present during the 2010-11 season.

This season is going to be the make-or-break for the England U-21 international has he will need to get over his ‘first-season blues’ and repay the club’s faith in him. Sunderland’s number 10 is expected to play an important role this season and he will have to score much more than what he did last season, if the Black Cats have to challenge for a place in Europe next season.

7. RYO MIYAICHI – ARSENAL

Miyaichi joined Arsenal in the summer of 2010 after impressing the scouts and the boss during a High School Soccer Tournament in Japan. The 19-year-old has featured only twice for Gunners since his arrival and that to in the Capital One Cup. The Japanese international was sent on loan to Bolton Wanderers in the January transfer window last season and he had a very successful time at the Reebok, making 12 appearances and was also voted as the club’s February Player of the Month.

With Andrey Arshavin expected to leave the club in the summer, Miyaichi may get a chance on the wings but at the same time he will face competition from the likes of Gervinho, Alex Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and the new signing Lukas Podolski for playing time. It looks likely that he will be sent on loan to another Premier League side again this season, where he will get some regular first team football.

Liverpool’s Potential Summer 2012 Transfer Targets


Liverpool have had a very strange season. Their performance in the league has been very terrible and they ended the season in eight position behind their Merseyside rivals Everton. However, their performances in the cups have been very impressive, as they won the Carling Cup and reached the finals of the FA Cup.

This summer, big changes have been made at Liverpool. A new management is in place along with a new head coach. Kenny Dalglish was shown the door after a poor season and he was replaced by the impressive young Brendan Rodgers. No new players have arrived at Anfield so far this summer but the Reds’ squad has been boosted by the returns of Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani from their season-long loans.

HUGO LLORIS – LYON (GOALKEEPER)

There have been doubts raised over the future of Pepe Reina in the past couple of weeks. Reina has attracted some interest from Italy and has been linked with the likes of AC Milan and Inter Milan. Lloris is seen as a possible replacement for Reina, if the Spaniard decides to end his stay at Anfield. The Ligue 1 club are ready to sell the France skipper for a fee around €20m, but the Reds will face competition from the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, who are also interested in the 25-year-old stopper.

JOLEON LESCOTT – MANCHESTER CITY (DEFENDER)

Despite the England man putting in some solid performances during UEFA EURO 2012 and having a very good previous season, Roberto Mancini is reportedly considering selling the former Everton player maybe because he isn’t glamorous enough to play for Manchester City. Lescott’s availability has interested Liverpool, who face the prospect of losing either Daniel Agger or Martin Skrtel. Lescott would be more than good replacement for either of them but price tag could be a stumbling block.

RASMUS ELM – AZ ALKMAAR (MIDFIELDER)

The 24-year-old midfielder has been linked with a move to Anfield ever since the end of last season but nothing at all developed. According to some reports, the Reds have cooled down their interest in the AZ Alkmaar midfielder since the departure of Kenny Dalglish. If Liverpool do sign Swede international, he would be a good addition to the squad and will cost the Anfield club in the region of £8m.

VICTOR WANYAMA – CELTIC (MIDFIELDER)

The Kenyan international has earned rave reviews during his spell in Scotland with Celtic and has attracted interest from many top clubs from Italy, Spain, France and England. The 21-year-old who is valued around £6m-£7m arrived at Celtic Park last summer, for bargain fee of £900k from Belgian side Beerschot. The Kenyan midfielder who surely be a good signing for the future but won’t be a certain first team option and more of a cover for Lucas.

MARK DAVIES – BOLTON WANDERERS (MIDFIELDER)

According to the gossip columns, the Reds are reportedly interested in the Bolton Wanderers’ midfielder Mark Davies. The 24-year-old England U-19 international, who got relegated with the Wanderers, has also been target by Aston Villa and Newcastle United. The £5m rated midfielder would be a decent addition and increase the depth of the squad, but surely not regular first choice option.

JUAN MANUEL VARGAS – FIORENTINA (MIDFIELDER)

The 28-year-old Peruvian international has been linked with a move to Anfield a lot in the past couple of months but nothing has developed at all. Papers suggest, the Reds are still interested in Fiorentina winger, who can also play as a left back. The Serie A club value Vargas around £8m and he would really be a great addition to the Liverpool squad – keeping in mind they need a creative winger with Stewart Downing failing in his first season – but his age could count against him.

ADAM JOHNSON – MANCHESTER CITY (MIDFIELDER)

Adam Johnson is another winger Liverpool are interested in signing this summer. With Downing and Henderson both failing to deliver on the wings, so naturally strengthening the wings is Rodgers priority this summer. Johnson has fallen out of favour under Roberto Mancini at Manchester City and is looking to leave the Etihad Stadium in search of some regular first team action. The England international has attracted many Premier League clubs but he won’t come cheap as the asking price is said to be around £15m.

GASTON RAMIREZ – BOLOGNA (MIDFIELDER)

According to the reports, the Reds are set to step up their interest in the Bologna playmaker having missed on signing Gylfi Sigurdsson. The 21-year-old is an attacking central midfielder with an eye for goal and was impressive for his Serie A side during last season. Ramirez is rated around £16m by his Italian club and has attracted interest from many European clubs in the past one year with Manchester City being one of them. A chance to play alongside his Uruguayan teammates – Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates – could swing him in favour of Anfield over City.

VICTOR MOSES – WIGAN ATHLETIC (STRIKER)

Having helped Wigan Athletic survive relegation and stay in the Premier League last season, the Nigerian is ready to move to an ambitious club this summer and the Reds along with a few other Premier League clubs are interested in signing him. Moses will be a good addition to the squad but his consistency is a huge question. Liverpool are interested in signing the pacey forward but the papers in UK suggest that the former Crystal Palace man is close to signing for Chelsea.

DANIEL STURRIDGE – CHELSEA (STRIKER)

The Chelsea striker is said to be unhappy at the lack of first team opportunities at Chelsea since the departure of Andre Villas-Boas. With Liverpool struggling for goals during last season and reliable Dutchman Dirk Kuyt leaving the club; a move to bring in some addition attacking options seems almost certain. The 22-year-old pacey forward – who can also play on the wings – will add something different to the Liverpool attack but the Reds will face some tough competition for his signature from both Tottenham and Arsenal.

DEMBA BA – NEWCASTLE UNITED (STRIKER)

With Liverpool in need of some striking reinforcement, the Newcastle United forward – Demba Ba is another name linked to the Reds this summer. The Senegal international had a fantastic start to last season and went on to score 16 goals in 36 matches in total. With the 27-year-old available for just £7m till the end of July, due to a clause in his contract, the Reds are expected to face some stiff competition from a host of Premier League clubs including the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United.

FABIO BORINI – AS ROMA (STRIKER)

Another striker linked to the Reds this summer is the former Chelsea and current AS Roma forward Fabio Borini. The 21-year-old Italy international is a known face to Rodgers having worked under him on loan at Swansea. Borini had a great time at the Liberty Stadium scoring 6 goals in 9 matches and later went on to become a hit with Roma. The young Italian, who has a £7m buyout clause in contract, will surely be a great signing for the Reds and will give the new boss with plenty of options upfront.

Premier League 2011/12 Season Review – Part 1

Wow!! What a season it has been. It surely goes down as one of the best seasons ever of the Premier League since its formation 20 years back. We witnessed some epic battles for almost every position in the league. Was it the fight to be crowned the Champions of the country or was it the fight to stay up in the Premier League we were entertained till the very last minute.

Will the Blue half of Manchester celebrate their first ever league win since 1968, we have decided to review the complete season in two parts. Here is Part One.

Champions – Manchester City

This has to be one of the most entertaining title races in the history of the Premier League. The race went down to the last minute of the last game of the season and in the end it was Manchester City who were crowned the Champions on a heart-stopping final day of the season. City lead the Premier League for most of the season before faltering between 11th March and 8th April, where they were able to take just 5 points from the possible 15. When it looked like City had bottled the Premier League title after the defeat at Arsenal, it was Manchester United’s turn – who had gone 8 points clear at the top – to falter. United who lost at Wigan and were held to a 4-4 draw at Old Trafford by Everton saw their lead at the top cut down to just three points ahead of the Manchester derby at the Etihad. Skipper Kompany scored the goal that took City at the top of the table just on goal difference with just two games left to play. City fought hard at Newcastle to register a 2-0 win but United’s same scoreline win over Swansea at home ensured the title race would go down to the last game of the season.

On the final day of the season, United won their game at Sunderland which meant City had to match that result to win the title. City led at half time thanks to a Pablo Zabaleta goal at the half-hour mark, but things didn’t go well for the Citizens in the second half. QPR scored twice and took a shocking lead thanks to goals from Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie on either side of a foolish Joey Barton red card. When everyone thought City had choked in their final league game of the season, Edin Dzeko equalised in the 90+1th minute and then Sergio Aguero scored the winner in the 5th minute of extra time to win the title for City. The day will go down in history as City won their first ever league title in 44 years and I must say they truly deserved it.

Champions League – Manchester United, Arsenal & Tottenham/Chelsea 

Manchester United ended second in the league below Champions Manchester City just on goal difference, so that means they directly qualify for the group stages of the Champions League next season. Arsenal to join United directly in the group stages after finishing third in the league but they had to seal the third place on the final day of the season. If the title race was entertaining then the race for the Champions League spot was no-less disappointing.

After the start the Gunners had no one expected them to make the top 4 this season but all credit to Arsene Wenger and his men. The nine match unbeaten streak and also some dip in form from their fierce London rivals Tottenham saw them jump into third place in the table and stayed there till the end. Tottenham, on the other hand had a bright start to the season and towards the end of December they looked like serious title contenders. But a dip in form along with a string of poor results saw them fall way behind the two Manchester clubs and also a place in the top four looked under threat. With three wins in the last four games of the season and Newcastle losing their last two games to City and Everton, Spurs managed to finish fourth in the league.

Finishing fourth hasn’t guaranteed Tottanham Champions League football yet as they will have to wait till the end of the Chelsea-Bayern Munich match on 19th May. If Chelsea go on to win the final in Munich they qualify for the Champions League as the holders at expense of Tottenham and if Chelsea lose Tottenham qualify and the Blues will play Europa League next season. So, all Spurs fan will be supporting the Germans on Saturday.

Europa League – Chelsea/Tottenham, Newcastle & Liverpool

It’s quite straight forward here to know which team qualifies for the Europa League next season. Newcastle finished fifth in the league so they directly qualify for the playoffs for the group stages while Liverpool will have to go through the 3rd qualifying rounds and the playoffs to qualify for the group stages. As said above either one of Chelsea or Tottenham will play the Europa League next season. If Chelsea fail to win the Champions League final then they make the group stages of the Europa League and if they win in Munich this Saturday then unfortunately Tottenham will miss out on the Champions League.

Relegated – Bolton, Blackburn & Wolves

Wolves were first to be relegated this season after their dismal run of 15 games with a win towards the end of the season. Blackburn soon joined them and were relegated by Wigan on their penultimate game of the season. It’s a surprise that Blackburn – who were bottom at Christmas – didn’t get relegated before. Finally, the Wanderers were unlucky to be relegated on the final day of the season and they themselves to blame for it. Bolton could have been safe had they not thrown away a two-goal lead against West Brom at the Reebok in the second last game of the season and they did the same thing ie throwing away the lead, in the final league at Stoke. With Bolton drawing at Stoke, a defeat for QPR at the Etihad didn’t matter at all   and kept the Rs up in the Premier League.

Premier League Finale – What’s On Stake?

After almost nine months and 370 matches, the 2011/12 Premier League season has reached its climax but there are still plenty of issues to be settled on the final day.

The result of today’s matches will decide which Manchester club will win the title, which two teams will qualify for the Champions League and who becomes the third and final team to be relegated. Here’s a look at the things which up for stake today.

Fight For the Title – City v United

This year’s race for the Premier League title has been one of the most entertaining for years. As we stand, City and United are level on 86 points but City are at the top of the table thanks to a superior goal difference (+63 compared to United’s +55) and thus are in pole position to win their first ever league title in 44 years.

City host QPR – who are fighting to stay in the Premier League – today, while United travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland. It’s very straightforward, if City beat QPR at the Etihad they are the Champions of England, unless United go on a prolific scoring spree to even up the goal difference, which is highly impossible as they would have to score like 9-10 goals to do that. If QPR hold City to a draw, then a win for United would guarantee them their 20the league title. And finally, If City lose to QPR – which is highly improbable as the Rs have won just three games on the road and City have won 17 of their 18 games this season and draw the other one at home – then United would need just a draw to win against Sunderland to win the title.

The Race For The Champions League Spots

If the title race this season was fascinating then the race for the 3rd and 4th place in the league has been no less entertaining. With just one round of fixtures remaining, Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle have a fair chance of finishing in the top four. But with Chelsea playing the Champions League final next weekend it remains to be seen a 4th place finish is enough for Champions League football next season. Here’s how things stand:

Arsenal play their final game of the season away at West Brom, while Spurs host Fulham and Newcastle travel to Goodison Park to face Everton. With Chelsea playing the Champions League final, England will have four teams in the next season’s Champions League and so Arsenal would only need a draw at the Hawthorns to finish in the top four on goal difference. Newcastle don’t have this in their hands, as they have to beat Everton and hope other results go their way. If Spurs and Gunners both lose, the Magpies jump up to third with a win. If one of the London clubs lose, Newcastle win will help them finish fourth. If Newcastle and Arsenal win, Spurs have to win to hold on to their 4th place and finally if Arsenal lose and Spurs win then they finish third.

If it was any other normal season, finishing 4th would mean Champions League football next season but this season there is a possibility that it won’t happen. Chelsea are sixth in the League and have no chance of finishing in the top 4 but play Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on 19th and a win for the Blues in Munich will mean they play Champions League football next season as the holders of the competition at the expense of the team that finish 4th in the league.

Who Will Go Down?  QPR v Bolton

Blackburn and Wolves are already relegated to the nPower Championship. But the third and final relegation spot is still to be decided. It’s come down between QPR and Bolton. Here’s how things stand:

Both Bolton and QPR travel to Stoke and Manchester City respectively in their final game of the season. Who stays up and who goes down is very straight forward. Bolton must simply win their final league game to Stoke to stand any chance of staying up in the Premier League. Anything less than a win and they are going down. QPR can afford to lose at City and then also stay in the Premier League if Bolton fail to get a win at the Britannia Stadium. If Bolton win today, then QPR will need a draw against City to stay up.

Pride of Merseyside – Everton v Liverpool

Keeping aside the Carling Cup win and a FA Cup final defeat, this has been a pretty poor season for Liverpool. Resigned to a mid-table finish, the Reds go into the last game of the season with bragging rights of the city at stakes. Liverpool will be desperate to avoid finishing below their fierce city rivals Everton for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Here’s how they stand:

Liverpool’s record at Anfield this season has been disastrous and fortunately for them they play their final league game of the season away to Swansea – who have nothing to play for. Everton on the other hand face an in-form Newcastle side – who are in contention of finishing 4th in the league – at Goodison Park. A win for both the teams will see Everton finish above Liverpool, a draw or a defeat for Everton and a win for the Reds will see Liverpool jump over Everton. But if both teams lose and Fulham win against Spurs then Fulham would jump up to 7th and finish above both the Merseyside clubs.

Top 20 Worst Premier League Signings Of The Season

As we draw near the end of a thrilling season in the Premier League, almost everything is still up for grabs – relegation, UEFA Champions League qualification, and the title itself.

While we wait for those matters to be decided, let’s debate who the worst signings of the season have been. Here are Into The Top Corner looks at the top 20 worst signings of this season. Tell us whether you agree or not in the comments section.

20. Romelu Lukaku – Anderlecht to Chelsea for £18m

Dubbed as the next Drogba, he joined the Blues in the summer for a huge fee. Everyone expected him to get a run in the team under the then new manager Andre Villas-Boas’ policy of giving young players a chance but it never happened. Lukaku was behind the likes of Drogba, Torres and Sturridge in the pecking order and made just six appearances this season – all as a substitute – and is expected to spend the next season out on loan. People would say he is the one for the future but spending that much amount of money and giving him just six appearances from the bench is a waste of money.

19. Raul Meireles – Liverpool to Chelsea for £11m

Decided to follow Fernando Torres and join Chelsea in the following transfer window and I have no clue why he did that. He was having a great time at Liverpool and was performing well for the Reds but since his move to the Stamford Bridge he has been very inconsistent this season. Apart from that one Manchester City game at Stamford Bridge, where he scored the equaliser, his season has been poor compared to his first season in the Premier League.

18. Owen Hargreaves – Manchester United to Manchester City for Free

Everyone was shocked – including me – when Hargo signed for City on deadline day. He used youtube to attract clubs and prove his fitness but that plan was a complete waste and it backfired. England’s player of the 2006 World Cup, was troubled by his injury nightmare again and was able make just a single league appearance this season. According to reports City are ready to release him again at the end of the season.

17. Sylvain Marveaux – Rennes to Newcastle for Free

Marveaux was reported to be very close to signing for Dalglish’s Liverpool at the end of last season but the two parties failed to agree a deal and so the winger joined Newcastle United for nothing in the summer. After recovering from an injury picked up in pre-season, Marveaux was a regular part of Newcastle’s Carling Cup team and made a handful of appearances in the league. He picked a groin injury against Everton which would keep him out for some week and later in November it was confirmed he would require a hip surgery in US, which will make him miss the whole season. The France U-21 international was able to make just six appearances for the Magpies in the Premier League this season.

16. Craig Gardner – Birmingham City to Sunderland for £6m

Gardner was Birmingham star last season and was signed up by Sunderland at the start of the season. Gardener started the season as he had ended the last one with Birmingham, on song. But soon his form dropped and subsequently he was dropped to the bench. Arrival of Martin O’Neill at the club saw a change of fortunes for the former Aston Villa man and an injury crises at Sunderland helped him to regain his place back in the team. There were some rumours in the press of him being homesick but the Black Cats rejected a loan offer from a Midlands club for him in January. Gardner who has scored three goals in 19 appearances this season hasn’t produced the same performances as he did for the Blues last season and will be hoping to get a chance next season.

15. Jordan Henderson – Sunderland to Liverpool for £16m

Many people would say he should be a lot higher in this list but I don’t think so. The 21-year old joined the Reds for a hefty transfer fee in the summer and has made 37 league appearances this season but the England U-21 international has been consistently inconsistent this season. Liverpool fans call him the next Steven Gerrard and he has the talent in him to follow the footsteps and maybe even replace the inspirational skipper but it’s still in the future. This season he has been used by Dalglish in different positions in the midfield and that’s probably the reason why he has shown us just blinks of his talent and not the real talent. Expect him to come good next season.

14. Stefan Savic – Partizan Belgrade to Manchester City  for £10m

The 21-year-old joined City in the summer for a fee which could have been more than 80% less had they signed him a season ago. The Montenegro defender was brought in as a backup for Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott but he failed to fill in the boots of Kompany, when the Belgium international was sidelined with injuries or suspended. Savic scored a goal in his 12 league appearances but he struggled to cope up with the pace of the English game and was badly exposed in Liverpool Carling Cup win at the Etihad.

13. David Goodwillie – Dundee United to Blackburn Rovers for £3m

The Scot came to the Premier League with a reputation of scoring goal but when he leaves, he will leave with a bad reputation. Rovers expected him to make the headlines with some goals and he did but for all the wrong reasons. The Scotland international has made just 16 appearances for Blackburn this season and has able to find the back of the net just two times. With all the controversies surrounding him this season, I expect him to be the first player Blackburn getting rid of in the summer.

12. Matthew Upson – West Ham United to Stoke City for Free

The West Ham United skipper joined Stoke City for free in the summer. He stated that his main reason of joining Stoke was Europa League football. Upson who was once linked with the top Premier League sides is now a backup for Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth at Stoke. The former Arsenal defender hasn’t had the best of the season at the Britannia with most his appearances coming in the Europa League or of the bench. The England international who scored in the World Cup 2010 against Germany, will be looking to move and try his trade in some other league perhaps.

11. Joey Barton – Newcastle United to QPR for Free

The one-cap England international had a successful campaign with Newcastle before falling out with owners in the pre-season and then deciding to leave the club for nothing. The busy man on twitter, joined the Rs in August and was handed the captaincy by the then coach Neil Warnock. Barton started the season impressively and scored his first goal for the club against Wolves but soon his formed dipped and has been largely inconsistent since. As expected, he was involved in controversies with Wolves skipper Karl Henry and was also shown a red card in a match against Norwich.

10. Gabriel Obertan – Manchester United to Newcastle United for £3m

The failure of Obertan in the Premier League is one thing that surprises me. The winger has a lot of pace in him to beat any defender in the Premier League and also has the talent to succeed at this level but he has never shown it. When he moved to Newcastle from Manchester United in the summer, everyone expected him to be one of the best buys of the season but he has been very poor for the Magpies also. Started the season in the first team, Obertan was then dropped to the bench because of unimpressive performances and now with the return of Hatem Ben Arfa he just makes the bench. The France U-21 international has made 23 appearances this season, most of them from the bench, but has managed to find the back of the net just once.

9. Scott Dann – Birmingham City to Blackburn Rovers for £7.7m

Dann was a solid player for Birmingham last season and with the Blues relegating a move away from St. Andrews was imminent. Speculation of a move to Arsenal was probably the highest point in his career. But Blackburn came in for him first and what looked a like a great buy at first has eventually led Rovers to a relegation battle. Dann has looked a completely different player that he was last season with Birmingham and maybe a season in the Championship will help him get his career back on track.

8. David N’Gog – Liverpool to Bolton Wanderers for £4m

Was very disappointing during his time with Liverpool and I can’t understand why someone would even pay £4m for him. Looked at as a possible replacement for Kevin Davies, N’Gog has scored just three goals this season in 32 league appearances for the Wanderers. Maybe a season or two in the Championship can help him prove his potential.

7. Shaun Wright-Phillips – Manchester City to QPR for £4m

It’s very sad how his career has declined since the departure of Jose Mourinho from Chelsea. Wright-Phillips who has 36 English caps to his name was told he is not wanted anymore by City at the start of the season and so he joined QPR on deadline in August. He started the season impressive and also won the Man of the Match award for his performance against Newcastle on his debut. But soon his form deserted and that saw him being dropped onto the bench. Wright-Phillips who has a Premier League winners medal to his name has made just 23 appearances for the Rs this season and hasn’t scored a single goal yet.

6. Wilson Palacios – Tottenham Hotspur to Stoke City for £6m

After falling down in the pecking order at White Hart Lane, Palcaios joined Stoke on deadline day along with Peter Crouch. He made his debut as a substitute against Liverpool in the 1-0 win but his start to his Stoke career was restricted by a by a knee injury and tonsillitis. He eventually made his first league start against City in December, but by March 2012 he still hadn’t managed to become a regular in the side playing mostly in cameo roles. His poor fitness levels and a long-standing knee injury restricted him to just 18 league appearances for Potters this season and hopefully with a good pre-season he would be back to his best.

5. Charlie Adam – Blackpool to Liverpool for £8m 

He was Blackpool’s performer of the season last term and proved to be a brilliant sale for his former employers. His performance with the Seasiders attracted a huge amount of interest from top teams in the Premier League and Anfield was his destination in the end. The Liverpool faithful were delighted with his arrival and expected a lot of him and probably even fill the boots of Steven Gerrard, as the skipper was injured for the most of the first half of the season with a hamstring injury. But the Scot has failed to stand to the expectations and his inconsistency has been one of the reasons for Liverpool poor season.

4. Roger Johnson – Birmingham to Wolves for £7m

He formed a formidable partnership with Scott Dann at Birmingham last season but this season he is right up there in the flops of the season. He costed Wolves a huge fee of £7m and was named the skipper of the team but he led to relegation. At the same time he was booed on and off the field by the Wolves supporters, maybe the sacking of Mick McCarthy has something to do with that. But the skipper turning up drunk for training and his one field bust-up with his own team-mate Wayne Hennessey is not at all good for the club and its image. In the Championship next season he will be too good for the other teams and will again attract good amount interest from the Premier League sides.

3. Park Chu Young – AS Monaco to Arsenal for £5.8m 

The Korean international joined the club with a reputation of scoring goals in the French league but it looks like Arsenal signed him just to sale shirts in South East Asia. The striker who has 25 goals to his name for his country in 59 appearances failed to settle in England and has also been troubled with injuries since his move to London. The former FC Seoul striker has made just a handful of appearances for the Gunners this season with his only goal coming against Bolton in the Carling Cup. The Korean international will be hoping to get some more opportunities next season before he leaves for national service.

2. Charles N’Zogbia – Wigan Athletic to Aston Villa for  £10m

N’Zogbia was one of the reasons of Wigan’s survival in the Premier League last year and that’s why Aston Villa paid a huge fee to get him to Villa Park. He was also seen as a replacement to both Stewart Downing and Ashley Young, who left the Villains for Liverpool and Manchester United in the summer, but the French international failed to live up to the expectations of the Villa fans. With just two goals and three assists to his name in 30 appearances this season, N’Zogbia has failed big time under Alex McLeish and maybe a change in manager may well get the best out of him.

1. Stewart Downing – Aston Villa to Liverpool for £20m

No prizes for guessing who our flop of the season is. Yes, it’s Stewart Downing. Liverpool paid a huge amount of £20m to get the England winger from Aston Villa in the summer. Everyone including Dalglish thought Downing could be the perfect player to get best out of Andy Carroll but it didn’t work out. Downing, an England hopeful and will probably always remain one, has made 34 appearances for the Reds in the league this season and has – wait for it – zero goals and zero assists to his name. Yes, Liverpool fans, yes, you can argue that he was the Man of the Match in the Carling Cup final against Cardiff City but you can’t argue to the fact that he has been a complete waste of money and the worst signing of this season.