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Manchester United were destined for 20th league title

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Van Persie was key to United's 20th league title (©GettyImages)
Van Persie was key to United's 20th league title (©GettyImages).

It seems as though Manchester United were destined to lift their 20th league  title in 2013.

So, in the wake of United's unprecedented 20th top-flight win, let's have a look at some other 20s that marked United's historic season.

Robin van Persie

After choosing red over blue at the beginning of the season, the Dutchman became a fan-favourite in no time, scoring goals for fun throughout most of the campaign. 

Wearing the number 20 on his back, the experienced forward scored 26 league goals in his first season at Old Trafford, helping steer the Red Devils to glory. United fans will hope that after winning the Premier League for the first time, this year’s Premier League Golden Boot winner will only be hungrier for more trophies in the future.

Waiting to be crowned

Last year’s upset brought about a great deal of determination to get the trophy back as soon as possible. This was made clear from the very start of the season as the players showed character by overturning results and scoring last-minute winners on a regular basis. Nothing was going to be left to chance this time round, every point was a step closer to bringing back the trophy.

United were in poll position by the end of November and never looked back, clinching the title against Villa with four games to spare. However, they had to wait for, you guessed it, 20 days until the home game against Swansea for the awards ceremony.

So long Paul Scholes

Twenty years after signing his first professional contract with the club, Paul Scholes decided to hang up his boots. 

The midfield maestro will always be remembered for his precise passing, amazing vision and breathtaking goals. 

Since breaking into the first team in 1994, he has won 11 Premier League medals, three FA Cups, two League Cups, five Community Shields, the Champions League twice, an Intercontinental Cup and Club World Cup, along with a host of individual achievements. 

Even though he was expected to retire, and had done it once already, losing him and Sir Alex Ferguson in the same season is a huge blow to every United supporter.

20 different goal-scorers

This is perhaps the main reason United won their twentieth title so decisively. In order to maintain continuity throughout the season, the whole team has to chip in, especially when the strikers are having a hard time. 

Van Persie, Rooney, Hernandez, Kagawa, Evra, Rafael, Evans, Cleverly, Giggs, Scholes, Welbeck, Anderson, Fletcher, Nani, Powell, Buttner, Vidic, Carrick, Valencia and Ferdinand all managed to get their names on the scoresheet in this campaign, setting a new Premier League record for most different goal-scorers in one season. 

Throw in a few own-goals and it's no wonder how the Red Devils managed to score 86 times, 11 more than the second most dangerous team, Chelsea, even though Rooney and Welbeck netted far less often than last season.   

 

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