Manchester United seal Premier League title – your views

May 16, 2009

Manchester United have captured their 18th English league title after securing the point they needed in a 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal.

It was a subdued display by United but the celebrations began when the final whistle sealed a hat-trick of titles and moved them alongside Liverpool as England’s most crowned club.

Did they deserve it? Will the Champions League follow? Can anyone stop them next season?

A few reinforcements might be needed for next term, especially if certain players leave….

Here’s an analysis by Mike Collett on why United won the title.

PHOTO:Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (C), Michael Carrick (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate after winning the English Premier League title with a draw against Arsenal at Old Trafford, May 16, 2009. REUTERS/Phil Noble


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Certainly they deserved it. They’ve been miles more consistent than anyone else and the way they came back from those defeats by Liverpool and Fulham was really impressive.
Can anyone catch them next year? Not if they have the same squad. The only way I can see it is if they sell Ronaldo and make a mess of things trying to replace him (signing a player that upsets the team, for example). I can’t see it happening, though.
Congrats to United.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Of course they deserved it. What the EPL measures is consistent quality, over 38 games in a season, and by dropping the fewest number of points compared to any other team, United have proven to be the champions this season. Liverpool may have lost fewer games, but they also won fewer games, and drew far too many as well.

Posted by Walter Mitty | Report as abusive

Anyone with enough shekels can buy a championship. There has to be a salary cap and a draft system otherwise the top 3 or 4 rich clubs will trample everyone else. The blue collar clubs will struggle otherwise.

Posted by Scouse in exile in Australia | Report as abusive

I think it would be unfair to say that Man Utd have done this solely on money. Yes, no doubt money can play a big part in the success of a team, but if you were to give every club in the Premier league the same amount of money as United and I still feel they would win the title. As much as I dislike them and their millions of branches of glory-hunters, they have a fantastic manager and a massive fan base, great organisation, and employees that work wonders in the transfer market. Take a look at Manchester City for instance, Mark Hughes is currently sitting 10th after a disastrous season in the transfer market (based on their money), buying a class, but very disruptive midfielder in Robinho, and a injury-plagued unproven striker in Bellamy. Without the organisation of a club like United the title cannot be achieved. Like I say, I would love an open Premier league season, but I think that Manchester United will take the title again, along with their legion of glory-hunters, they seem to be the only team that can maintain brilliant form. Liverpool their closest challengers this season prove that, being unable to conjure a win against my team Stoke. An extra four points there and the title would have been much closer…

Posted by Stokie | Report as abusive

MAN U deffinetly deserve it-Money is a factor ,but there are other clubs that have money too.Chealsea & Man City have money ,but Liverpool have outdone them,so I think it’s the on the field performance & off the field organisation planning & dedication that matters most ,with or without money.We have seen teams get the better of Man U couple times this season strategically ,but you notice how manager & players get back to the drawing board with 100% discipline and correct the errors.That makes a difference.At Man U no-one is bigger than the club even if you are highly paid.If Man U were ”money spashers”, then Tevez would be a signed n sealed deal already ,but everything is done calculatedly and justifiably at the Club ….& that’s what breeds GreatNess!!! – Glory Glory Man U-What a SEASON- Thank YOU Sir Alex & the Boys!!!

Posted by Tim | Report as abusive

SAF is a great coach, see what he achieved at Aberdeen. Man U might it more difficult next season. They only got 5 points against the other top four teams. With Liverpool improving a great deal and Arsenal just 2 or so players away from stability, roll on August.

Posted by Ugochukwu | Report as abusive

Yes, they won it but it was Liverpool who did the biggest improvement… Game on! It’ll be a different story nex season.

Posted by asia | Report as abusive

Congrats Man U, I won’t begrudge you the title or the kudos. You deserved it.

Depth of squad was what made the difference between my beloved Liverpool and Man U this season. Man U has the better 24 players.

Posted by Five Times | Report as abusive