How Manchester United won the Premier League title

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Manchester United secured their 13th Premier League title and 20th title overall, following a 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney produced superb performances as there were no slip ups last night, on the way to getting that Premier League title back from Manchester City.

It capped what has been an adventurous and very interesting season for United, with many still suggesting the current team isn’t particularly good, despite the numbers, compared to United teams of the recent past.

There were three defining points where United were able to show their dominance in the hunt for the title, which Manchester City were never able to recover from.

The first relates to the start of the season when United leaked 28 goals in the first half of the campaign and showed an inability to defend to even a basic level.

There were so many examples of matches where United were just able to do enough to secure three points in matches they could have easily lost; Fulham at home, Southampton away, Chelsea away, Aston Villa away, Reading away and Newcastle at home.

Those are matches which allowed United to stay in the hunt at the top of the table, when they could have slipped off the pace and even fallen way down inside the top four behind Chelsea.

The second factor United owe to a little bit of external fortune. City lost key players at key times with Yaya Toure going off to the Africa Cup of Nations and striker Sergio Aguero picked up an injury over a busy Christmas and New Year period.

Recent form has come to show just how heavily the current City side rely on those two players and their absence saw City producing draws and defeats while United were able to maintain that momentum.

It allowed them to create a lead, which they never gave back, which goes back a lot to how the season finished last season. You could have bet your mortgage on United not giving up another lead, once they managed to get in front.

The final factor which was decisive in securing United the Premier League title is Robin Van Persie.

His goals have been crucial and the manager deserves a lot of credit for getting him to snub City and then sign on the dotted line at Old Trafford.

Over 20 goals have come from Van Persie this season, which is exactly what United bought him for in the first place. He’s made the attacking unit look a lot more effective and he now has the chance to add multiple trophies to his career before he retires.

United will strengthen again in the summer and they will fight to defend the title rather than give another opportunity for City and Chelsea or even Arsenal to come back into the reckoning.

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