Manchester United were crowned English Premier League champions for the 13th time after they recorded a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa last night.
A remarkable achievement on any imaginable scale that was realised after a resounding 3-0 win over Aston Villa who are now in serious threat of relegation. All the three goals scored by United were courtesy of Robin van Persie, who in his first season with the club, has won the most coveted trophy in the land.
The competition posed by Manchester City this season was more of a procession than a race for United with the Red Devils a comfortable 16 points ahead of their rivals.
United now have set their sights on the record of the most number of points in a 38 game season with Chelsea’s 95 points in 2005 the standard to beat. To do that they must now go on and win all their remaining games, games which include a visit to Robin van Persie’s old hunting ground at Arsenal and then it is Chelsea’s turn to visit Old Trafford.
Here we assess the factors behind Manchester United’s 13th title win.
1) Manchester United’s response to Manchester City’s win last season:
After last season loss to their cross City rivals, Manchester United responded in the only manner that they know of - they came back stronger and with a desire to win the trophy back from their ‘noisy neighbours’.
The squad team management’s response to the challenge laid down by Manchester City was an emphatic one.
2) The Signing of Robin van Persie:
Robin van Persie wears the number 20 at United and it is fitting that he inspired the club to their 20th league title. The Dutchman’s influence at United has been nothing short of majestic with 24 league goals so far and a countless number of assists.
Van Persie has definitely been one of the stand out performers for United this season. Manchester City were also interested in signing him and one can only imagine what the title race would have gone like had Van Persie made the switch to Eastlands.
3) Comeback Kings:
Manchester United’s ability to win matches from seemingly losing positions sets them apart from the rest of the Premier League’s elite. The habit of scoring late goals is not just down to luck but it is the perseverance of the players who refuse to give up trying and 28 points won from a losing position is testament to that resolve.
4) Michael Carrick's Consistency:
Manchester United’s midfield general has been an ever present man at the heart of the Red Devils' midfield. Michael Carrick’s ability to keep his composure under pressure and his ability to pass the ball in any situation helped United maintain their grip on the title and eventually win it in style.
5) Unity amongst the squad:
The unity amongst the Manchester United squad is another factor that sets them apart from their rivals the entire team was unified in their goal of winning back the Premier League title.
Everyone played their part in the squad from experienced players like Robin van Persie, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Paul Scholes to younger players such as Rafael, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones.
With the title to be presented to United in the last home game of the season against Swansea City, Manchester United will look to the future and maybe next year in order to set their sights on retaining their dominance in the league and winning the Champions League.
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