GiveMeSport contributor Dominic Dietrich gives his opinion on the five greatest teams to have played in the Premier League era. 

Since the Premier League was founded in 1992, there have been a number of teams that have really stamped their mark in certain seasons. 

I am going to go through the top five teams that have really stood out for me since the beginning.

5. Newcastle United 1995/97 'The Entertainers'

To get the ball rolling at number five in my list comes the brilliant Newcastle team from 1995-97. This Newcastle team was labelled 'The Entertainers' by a large majority of football fans.

The Magpies played a very attractive attacking brand of football that appealed to a lot of neutrals in football, capturing their imagination and support. No other team in the Premier League since has replicated the style and charisma this team carried.

The catalyst in this team was the signing of Les Ferdinand. Ferdinand showed this Newcastle team new heights and increased the level the Magpies were playing. Newcastle's performances looked better than any team to have played in the Premier League before during the Autumn and Winter of the 1995-96 season.

A lot of football fans felt the only thing that was letting this glorious team down was their defensive standards but this is what made the team unique because it was purely attack, attack, attack.

This teams major highlight has to be when they gave Manchester United an absolute thumping on 20th October 1996 as they ran away 5-0 winners with arguably one of the best Premier League moments when centre back Phillipe Albert scored a delightful lob to seal the win.

4. Manchester United 1993/94

In Alex Ferguson's era he has had many strong teams, but the team of 93-94 season takes fourth spot in my top five. Out of all of Ferguson's teams there was never one with the power and single-mindedness that had the whole country in awe of their ability.

A lot of teams will settle for a draw if they feel it will benefit them but this side never settled, week in, week out this United team went for the three points at every chance. The talisman of this side was none other than Eric Cantona and Man United new that, they utilised his sheer ability as he terrorised every defense he came up against.

As always with United they had depth in their side which had every player in the team fighting for their place every match.

The big moment of this team's season was in an FA Cup final in which they beat Chelsea 4-0 with Cantona scoring two penalties. The team let themselves down in Europe when they had a two goal cushion against Galatasaray in a match that Sir Alex Ferguson has called the most intimidating atmosphere he has ever witnessed and threw it away as United were knocked out of the Champions League.

This team will always stay in the minds of many  United fans as it was the first showing of what Sir Alex was to bring in the coming years.

3. Chelsea 2004/05 Highest ever points total

Chelsea's incredible season in 04-5 is third on my list and for good reason. Jose Mourinho arrived at Chelsea making immediate impact, structuring a side that would terrorise the Premier League.

Didier Drogba, Arjen Robben, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Damien Duff were all in immense form for the Blues, showing a complete difference in standard compared to the rest of the league.

Chelsea had been waiting for their moment in the Premier League for a long time and they really took their chance, beating the highest ever points total as they achieved a 95 point season.

2. Manchester United 1998/99 Treble Winning season

A lot of people have said that this team was the best ever for Manchester United, a midfield that was probably the best of all time. This season literally had it all, they played beautiful football football throughout however they didn't impress too much in the lead up to Christmas but something all football fans are used to now is when United seem to step up in the new year.

Additions were made to this United team as they added Dwight Yorke and Jaap Stam, these two players added to the power of this team as they were successful in winning the treble.

The Red Devils had a tough cup run but stood strong, beating the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal. Victories against Tottenham and Newcastle earned Man Utd the league and cup double but they weren't finished there.

In the Champions League semi-final United had to defeat Juventus on their road to the final where they beat Bayern Munich in possibly the most historic Champions League final and comeback ever.

This is probably the best season any Premier League team have ever had but my number 1 spot has gone to a team that have had the most impressive league campaign ever in my opinion.

1. Arsenal 2003/04 'The Invincibles'

It was tough to choose between this and the treble winning season of Manchester United but this article is for the best Premier League team.

The 'Invincibles' stand out for me more than any other side ever to play in the Premier League purely because they went unbeaten for an entire season, something that no other team has ever done before in the Premier League.

It is an amazing achievement and something I don't believe we will ever witness again with the current competitiveness of the Premier League. There was one player that was simply unstoppable during this season and that was Thierry Henry.

The spine of Arsenals team went from, Jens Lehmann, Sol Campbell, Partick Viera and Thierry Henry - this says it all about the power of this team and that's without mentioning the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Ashley Cole and manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal were officially named the 'Invincibles' when they beat Leicester City 2-1 at home on May 15th 2004. It's hard to say which moment Arsenal fans would've enjoyed more, becoming invincible against Leicester or sealing the Premier League title against north London rivals Tottenham a few weeks earlier.

That is my list done, five very impressive Premier League sides that are going to take some beating, it would have to be a very impressive team to get in front of these five teams.

 

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