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Premier League 433 2340 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 season review 31765255 England's best England%27s+best Premier League

As Sir Alex Ferguson might have put it: "Football – bloody hell!" The English game, as usual, has provided the whole gamut of human behavior and, just as we thought the season could offer no shock greater than the sight of Luis Suarez sinking his not inconsiderable teeth into the arm of Branislav Ivanovic, the manager of Manchester United announces his retirement. So the awards parade can begin only at Old Trafford with:

 

Patrick Barclay

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Premier League 433 2340 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 season review 31766462 Slow burner Slow+burner Premier League

Watch Liverpool next season. Although their progress under Brendan Rodgers has appeared steady but frustratingly slow, the Northern Irishman’s second campaign could be interesting. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them end it back in the Champions League.

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Premier League 433 2340 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 season review 31765253 False scare False+scare Premier League

So the English Premier League had no club in the Champions League semi-finals. So what? We all know the reasons. Manchester United suffered an exceptionally bad call – the red card shown to Nani at Old Trafford – when they had the measure of Real Madrid. That’s one. The other is the rise of the best two teams in Germany, who overtook both Real and Barcelona in terms of teamwork, energy and, in some areas, even quality.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund deserve to be in the final and the higher the standard is set the better I like it. It shouldn’t be easy for English teams to waltz through Europe’s best competition just because they have lots of money. Sad to say, they are likely to find a vulnerable point in the German armour next season because Borussia are to be stripped of top men Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski.

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Premier League 433 2340 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 season review 31765254 Top coach Top+coach Premier League

Ferguson, obviously, for rounding off his Old Trafford career with an impeccably run championship campaign. But I also admired Paul Lambert’s perseverance with youth at Aston Villa. Moyes, as usual, had Everton competitive with most and Villas-Boas put a lot of thought into his selections and substitutions at Tottenham. Nigel Adkins was relegated with Reading but the foundations he left for Mauricio Pocchetino at Southampton marked him out as a man with a future.

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Premier League 433 2340 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 season review 31765251 Player of the year Player+of+the+year Premier League

Both the journalists and the players themselves went for Gareth Bale and that tells you all you need to know. A thrilling player, with true craft and greater vision now added to his devastating pace, he has taken to the new role devised after discussions with Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas and generally plays off the main striker. Bale has done so much to make up for the maddening inconsistency of Emmanuel Adebayor.

True, he is supposed to fall too easily at times – but this is what I’d like to do with people who accuse him of diving. I’d like to make them stand on a golf buggy or some such open vehicle that could reach the speed of Bale in full flight. Then as they go past, I’d like to tap them lightly on an ankle with hard sole of a boot and see how much they enjoy it. Those who unflinchingly stay on their feet have my full permission to continue criticising him.

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Premier League 433 2340 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 season review 31765250 Stomach-turner Stomach-turner Premier League

Suarez, obviously. It wasn’t just the bite by the Liverpool striker, who, until the fateful moment of the game against Chelsea at Anfield, was looking a serious candidate for the national MVP awards. It was the attempted cheating that went with it: the preliminary shove on Ivanovic; the exaggerated reaction to the Serbian’s fending-off; the flourish of the imaginary card; and finally the feigning of a limp.

Did he imagine the game was not being televised? Once we’d all seen the whole sick-making episode a million times over, the disciplinary panel appointed by the Football Association delivered a fit punishment of 10 games suspended, which means the Uruguayan will miss the first six of next season. It seems the FA is tired of being called soft – full marks this time. Let’s hope it’s a sign of things to come, because kids copy soccer stars and the right message has to be sent out.

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Premier League 433 2340 Barclays Premier League 2012-13 season review 31765249 Seismic moment Seismic+moment Premier League

Ferguson quits at 71. Of late he has been looking younger by the season, but the great Scot is clearly not feeling any better about the stresses and strains that come with the job and now, with a routine hip operation booked, was his time to hand over to David Moyes.

Being in control is, for Ferguson, not so much an aspiration as a necessity of life, so it had to be his decision. Not just the moment but the choice of successor. I’ll be very surprised if they don’t work hand in glove, at least for the first year or two. In a world full of professional jealousy, Ferguson and Moyes, with their shared Scots background, hold out a precious possibility of creative co-operation.

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