#2) Peter Crouch vs Manchester City (2012)
Just like the other goal against Manchester City, this was a volley. Much like that season, the goal was awarded the goal of the season and yet City would win the league. However, this goal is much better than Townsend’s goal for one single reason; Peter Crouch.
Crouch was a footballer too tall for his own good and yet he played like he wasn’t even aware of it. He may not have a lot of trophies to show for but he was a delight to watch and the goal against Manchester City as a Stokes player proves exactly why.
Asmir Begovic found Crouch with a big kick forward. Crouch spooned a header across, and got the ball back from Jermaine Pennan. He then took a no-look volley that made its way into the net without touching the grass even once after leaving Begovic’s foot.
How many goals of the season have you seen where the player scores without looking?
#1) Wayne Rooney vs Manchester City (2011)
Monday Night Football list declares Wayne Rooney’s goal vs Man City as the best of their Top 10 Premier League Goals of the decade. This goal is perhaps the best goal one has ever witnessed in the Premier League all through the years, let alone the last 10. Everything about it was just perfect.
Rooney rocked Manchester United when reports came out that he had demanded to leave the club earlier in the season. They had just been beaten by Wolves in their previous match and Rooney had been brilliantly shackled by Vincent Kompany in the match.
However, with 12 minutes left in the game, Rooney showed exactly why the United faithful wanted him to stay at Old Trafford. Nani sent in a cross from right that deflected off Pablo Zabaleta’s back. Rooney, who lurked near the penalty spot, elevated his body in the air to send an acrobatic overhead effort that has since found its way in history books. Manchester United would go on to win the match 2-1 and eventually won the Premier League.
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