So Manchester United are finally declared champions and it has to be said it's a deserved victory for Ferguson's men. Throughout the season they've looked dominant and full of goals, three of which Van Persie tucked away in devastating fashion last night whilst City failed to capitalise on their chances.
Defeat for Villa to United means that the relegation battle is back on, especially if Wigan are able to arise victorious from their game in hand, though Stoke and Sunderland performed admirably to move closer to survival.
Wins for Tottenham and Arsenal coupled with Chelsea's draw, in a game of little incident, mean that the top four race is as close as ever. I know I wouldn't want to put money on it right now. Everton unfortunately have dropped out of the running it would appear after defeat but can still look back on a brilliant season.
Anyway enough of the chat, here is my team of the weekend.
GK: Michel Vorm - There were a number of strong goalkeeping performances this weekend but for me it was Michael Vorm's showing between the sticks that really stood out. With virtually nothing to play for for the Swans it could be expected that many would already be thinking of their holidays, but not Vorm. Was at hand to stop a number of Saints chances to keep Laudrup's men in the game, a save from Mayuka with his feet a particular highlight.
Unlucky to miss out: Asmir Begovic
RB: Billy Jones - A first goal for Jones in West Brom colours will have been a great moment for the full back and supplemented a solid all-round performance. Looked steady at the back in dealing with Newcastle's attacking wide men and when he got forward created options and distributed the ball effectively to help West Brom's offensive threat.
Unlucky to miss out: Bacary Sagna
CB: Seb Bassong - Perhaps one of the most underrated signings of the season, Bassong has been performing excellently for the Canaries over the course of the season and did so once again against Reading. Always looked comfortable against the threat that big Russian Pavel Pogrebnyak posed and as we've come to expect showed great composure on the ball. Formed a good partnership alongside Ryan Bennett.
Unlucky to miss out: Robert Huth
CB: Jos Hooiveld - The 30 year old Southampton defender has had a steady season and performed well yet again to ensure that Southampton picked up an impressive clean sheet despite the dangerous attack of the opposition, Swansea. Aerially he dominated and managed to marshall Swansea attacks away, nullifying Michu and co. throughout. Can be very happy with his afternoons work.
Unlucky to miss out: Winston Reid
LB: Danny Rose - The on-loan Tottenham full back has made such an impact in his time at Sunderland that Di Canio is going to have a tough task replacing him at the end of the season. Against Everton he defended well for the majority of the game but really caught the eye moving forward, placing Seamus Coleman under all sorts of unwanted pressure. With Assou-Ekotto's hit and miss performances this season, could he make the step up at Spurs?
Unlucky to miss out: Marc Wilson
WG: Alex Kacaniklic - The swede has struggled this season, with Fulham even resorting to sending the winger out to Burnley on loan for a section of this season. However upon his recent return he looked to be making up for lost time with an excellent counter-attacking performance, hitting Arsenal at the back with pace and skill regularly. Can count himself as unlucky to be on the losing side after his man of the match performance.
Unlucky to miss out: Gareth Bale
CM: Seb Larsson - Ok, forget THAT crazy back pass. Besides that moment of madness from Larsson, the Swedish creator performed excellently for Di Canio's Sunderland side, pulling all the strings to orchestrate another vital victory that takes Sunderland further away from relegation. Linked up well with Sessegnon and his wide men to cut holes in the Everton defence and ensure that the Black Cats midfield came out on top.
Unlucky to miss out: Yohan Cabaye
CM: Jack Cork - Cork has largely slipped under the radar this season due to the performances of the likes of Lambert, Ramirez and Rodriguez, but has proven a vital unsung hero. Against Swansea he provided the in glamorous but efficient effective shield to prevent the Swans midfield grabbing a foothold in the game, making a number of interceptions and tackles. Always offers an important platform for Lambert and co. to express themselves.
Unlucky to miss out: Kevin Nolan
WG: Robert Snodgrass - It may seem odd to some that Snodgrass has received the nod over Bale and Emmanuelson, but so good was Snodgrass against Reading that he fully deserves the recognition. Had the beating of his full back time and time again and was always looking to be involved in Norwich's attacking play, delivering a number of dangerous crosses to trouble the Royals defence.
Unlucky to miss out: Urby Emmanuelson
ST: Robin Van Persie - It's been a long time since last years player of the year featured in this side, but a stunning performance last night secured him a much deserved place in the side. Lead the line superbly working well off the service of Rooney, Giggs and Kagawa, scoring a first half hat-trick that ensured United took title number twenty in emphatic style. The second, a volleyed goal, was particularly outstanding, reminiscent of many of his previous strikes.
Unlucky to miss out: Kei Kamara
ST: Daniel Sturridge - It's very rare to see a substitute make an appearance in this side, but the impact Sturridge made upon his arrival against Chelsea meant he simply couldn't be left out. Got lucky to avoid punishment with a late tackle on Bertrand but apart from that blotch was excellent. Good positioning meant being in the right place to tuck away the first equaliser and his cross for Suarez was inch perfect. Superb January purchase.
Unlucky to miss out: Carlos Tevez
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