How United won the Premier League at a canter

They may have lost their Premier League title to their biggest local rivals in dramatic fashion on the last day of last season, but this time round Manchester United took back what departing manager Sir Alex Ferguson and their legion of fans felt was rightfully theirs. Having sealed the title with a few games to spare, Sir Alex can retire knowing he’s left on a high note.

A number of factors contributed to United’s title win. Boasting arguably the best line-up of attacking talent in the league helped greatly, as did a few major signings in the summer transfer window. Also, the failings of some of the main contenders and the Reds’ ability to get wins despite not playing particularly well helped their cause.

Van Persie – very prolific

In search of silverware, then-Arsenal striker Robin van Persie sealed a £24m move to United in the summer, snubbing the advances of Manchester City in the process.

Since his arrival, he has scored 25 times in the league, with most of them coming in the early part of the season when United looked to be struggling in other departments.

Aside from the Dutchman, others have been impressive too. In the heart of midfield, Michael Carrick’s calming influence has given the back four less to worry about, while Rafael da Silva was equally effective at right back this season. Although United were good, the poor performance of rivals also proved helpful to their title chase.

City catastrophe

One year on from their dramatic last-day title victory, Manchester City looked disjointed for much of the campaign, and found top spot out of reach with a few games still to spare. Lack of goals was a serious problem for City. The fact that top league goal-scorer Edin Dzeko has only netted 13 times sums up their problems up front.

With City proving inept and the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham not having nearly enough to compete with United meant that Sir Alex’s men waltzed to a 13th Premier League title without always being at their best. Although this triumph will be memorable, others will be remembered for different reasons.

Tee-rific

Back in May 1993, Sir Alex was on the golf course where he was told that his side had won their first league title for 26 years. Picking up another 12 titles afterwards shows how successful they’ve been, especially in the face of intense competition from rivals like City, Chelsea and Arsenal over the years.

Whatever happens at United once new boss David Moyes takes charge, Sir Alex can look back on his long list of achievements with pride. He can also think about giving Moyes some advice in his new directorial and ambassadorial roles with the club.

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