Manchester United look set to win their 20th league title after going 15 points clear of rivals Manchester City with a 4-0 victory against Norwich City.

Although this result is one of many dominant performances from United this season, the ability of the team can be questioned when compared to league winners gone by. 

Most people would agree that individually United have had stronger title-winning teams in the past, and it's debatable whether their current crop of players would have won the league in previous seasons.

Furthermore, this season United have not faced any sustained pressure from potential challengers. Manchester City and Chelsea have both faltered on numerous occasions, whilst Spurs and Arsenal were never serious title contenders.

City have been plagued with internal disruption and consequently poor results this season, Chelsea have suffered a similar fate with many fans being unhappy with the appointment of Rafael Benitez as Interim manager. 

It's not only the top teams that have been disappointing. Across the league a large number of teams have not been producing the quality they showed in previous seasons. Newcastle and Aston Villa are sides that have had poor seasons, and would have provided much stiffer tests for United on other occasions.

The number of Premier League clubs that have been knocked out of the FA and Capital One cups by lower league opposition could be also an indicator of a drop in quality. The fate of English clubs in European competitions is another example of this decline. City, Chelsea and Liverpool are probably soon to be joined by Arsenal in being knocked out of the Champions League or Europa League in the early rounds.

It seems ultimately that United can only beat what is put in front of them, and they have done this to great effect this season. However the true test of their quality will come when they face the return leg with Real Madrid tomorrow and if they prevail then their ability will be confirmed.

Until then, many will question whether they are worthy champions or if they're enjoying the shortcomings of their rivals that has led to them being so far ahead of the chasing pack.  

 

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