With just six games remaining Manchester United find themselves 13 points clear of current champions and bitter rivals, Manchester City, needing just six points to claim the title.
Their next two games are likely to provide six points but the question is, will United claim the title before the trip to Arsenal or will Robin van Persie claim a league winner’s medal at the ground of his former employers?
Manchester United first entertain Aston Villa before the trip to North London. Villa themselves are fighting to stay in the league so will certainly put up a fight against the would-be champions.
In form Christian Benteke will pose a threat up front for Villa but the United defence has certainly stepped up a gear or two during the run in meaning it will take something truly special to breach them.
This game could be made even more of a must win for United should Tottenham Hotspur take all three points against second placed Manchester City the day before. Spurs head into that vital home game needing a win to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
Should Man City play that game in a similar manor to their game at home to Wigan Athletic then United could see themselves effectively champions before the Arsenal game even arrives.
West Ham United very nearly caused a huge upset against the league leaders and the level of their performance will fill them with confidence ahead of the game at Manchester City which could mean United are handed the title purely by City dropping points.
No matter how the league is won, the most important thing is that Sir Alex Ferguson’s men finish top of the table. That being said there is a lot of history behind the game that looks most likely to crown United champions.
That game is of course Arsenal vs Manchester United and the Emirates.
United would love to be given a guard of honour two games running by former title contenders Arsenal and Chelsea but equally Manchester United, and Van Persie in particular, would love to claim the title at their bitter rivals having been on the receiving end of such treatment in the past.
So let’s see how the results have to play out in order for Manchester United to get their own back on Arsenal in North London.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City | Sunday 21st April
Spurs need the points more than City in this one. White Hart Lane will be rocking but the Citizens will prove too strong for them and knick it 2-1.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa | Monday 22nd April
Alex Ferguson’s men have a great home record and add that to a great record against Villa you can only see one winner. Manchester United to win 3-0.
Manchester City vs West Ham – Saturday 27th April
This is a tough game to call, City are great at home but West Ham are a strong and physical team. Andy Carroll looks back in top form and is set to give the Manchester City defence an afternoon to forget. A 1-1 draw is on the cards here meaning Manchester United will need just a point to win.
Arsenal vs Manchester United – Sunday 28th April
United lead the head to head against Arsenal having beaten them this year already and twice last year. In fact in in recent years United have showed the gulf in class between these two rivals.
Van Persie is chasing the golden boot award and would love a winning goal at his old team to claim the title. The Dutchman scores a brace to give United a 2-1 win and their 20th league title.
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