Season Review: Manchester City

Last updated : 02 June 2009 By Pete Cummings
How did your season go? Did Manchester City finish where you expected them to?
While it was disappointing to finish tenth, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. At Christmas, we were in the bottom three but by the end of the season, we were challenging for a Europa League place. We did reach the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup, something which was really not expected of us.

It will obviously take some time to get to where we want to be; Mark Hughes is trying to build a stable team getting regularly decent results. Other fans view our season as a disappointing one because of the money we have, but they should stop worrying about us and concentrate on their own teams.

Who was Manchester City's player of the year?
Stephen Ireland. Without a doubt City's best and most improved player.

Who were the best players you saw play against Manchester City?
Fernando Torres. When he’s on form, he’s awesome. Last season we kept him quiet at Eastlands but this year, we couldn’t contain him.

What did you make of Hull City?
They reminded me of City under Sven; they were fantastic to watch and had a great first half to the season but struggled when teams worked out how to play against them. Some great results, especially the Arsenal one; City haven’t won there for god knows how long. The half time team talk at Eastlands was a major talking point and you have to wonder whether it had the opposite effect.

The second season is often most new teams' fall down. Bradford City and Reading both went down in their second season, while other teams like City, Wigan, Bolton and Portsmouth all struggled in their second seasons but survived. If Hull survive next year, they will be around for a while.

Where do you need to strengthen this summer?
Central defence and attack. We need a towering centre back that isn’t going to score own goals like Dunne and not taking their eyes off the game like Richards. A bulky forward to knock SWP's and Petrov's crosses in or just someone who can head the ball.

Who'll be on their way out?
Darius Vassell, Benjani, Ched Evans, Micah Richards, Michael Ball, Javier Garrido to name a few.

Your team's best 11 of the season?
Zabaleta Dunne Richards Bridge
Wright-Phillips Ireland Elano Petrov
Robinho Bellamy

Pete Cummings is editor of Manchester City Mad