Manchester City would have won the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur a close second and Manchester United as low as fourth - but only if goals from long throws, corners, free kicks and penalties were not counted.

Opta Sports has compiled an alternative league table to illustrate the impact set pieces can have on a team's overall success. United, in particular, have shown that prolific attacking drills can be the decisive factor over the course of a full season.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side are placed fourth in the makeshift standings - a lack of set plays would have cost them an overwhelming 21 points this campaign - and are listed behind City, Spurs and Arsenal in the Champions League qualification spaces.

Chelsea would have missed out on a top four place for the second successive season with just 66 points – two behind Manchester United.

The Citizens' points tally would have remained largely the same with solely goals scored in open play, it is the detrimental effect to their Manchester rivals that would have handed them their second successive Premier League trophy.

Meanwhile, Swansea City and Roberto Martinez's Wigan side would have been rewarded for their expansive playing style by significantly better score lines and results, with Norwich City hypothetically relegated at the expense of the FA Cup winners.

Click HERE to see the alternative Premier League table for yourself.


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