Manchester United wrap up the title in this week’s EPL review 6

For the last month it has all been a matter of when, not if, Manchester United would wrap up their 20th league title. On Monday night they closed it out in style with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrates winning the EPL title

Manchester United’s Robin van Persie celebrates winning the EPL title


Robin van Persie, the man who has been the decisive factor in United’s run to the championship, scored all three goals, taking his season tally to a league best 23 goals. His second goal on the night was a wonder goal, as he scored a 25 yard volleyball from a 40 yard Wayne Rooney pass. When van Persie was signed by United it the summer, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini declared then, that the signing of van Persie all but gave United the title. His words rang true, as van Persie was the dominant player all year. United’s championship campaign was punctuated by strong performances from Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs and solid goalkeeping from David de Gea.

The title was handed to United after rivals Manchester City were beaten by Spurs on the weekend. Spurs came back from being a goal down, to win 3-1, scoring 3 goals in the span of 7 minutes. The win left City devastated, but keeps Spurs hopes of a champions league spot alive .

Other Champions league hopefuls Arsenal & Chelsea had differing results. Arsenal did enough to get a win over a stubborn Fulham side, who played with 10 men for over 70 minutes, after midfielder Steve Sidwell was shown a straight red. Arsenal went up by 1 and did enough to hold onto a 1-0 win.

Chelsea took on Liverpool in a match that has taken on headlines for all the wrong reasons. The Game ended in a 2-2 draw but will be remember for other reasons. The Uruguayan, Luis Suarez was at the center of controversy again, as he was involved in an incident were he “bit” Chelsea defender Bratislav Ivanovic. The incident was missed by the referee, but caught by the TV cameras. If it had been seen, it surely would have resulted in a red for Suarez. To add insult to injury, Suarez then stepped up to score the tying goal in the 91st minute. The result, for Chelsea, it still leaves them in reach of the Champions league, while for Liverpool in brings a swirl of unwanted controversy.

At the bottom end of the table in the relegation battle, both Reading and QPR lost their games with results that all but seal their fates. QPR went down 2-0 to Stoke, Reading lost 2-1 to Norwich, while 3rd from bottom Wigan lost 2-0 to West Ham.

It’s not looking good for either of the 3, but Wigan are within touching distance of Aston Villa, who sit 4th from bottom, and hang onto slim hopes of avoiding the drop.

For the Champions United, their title triumph, is testimony to their resilience and determination and a weakened league rather with underperforming by the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal rather than their true dominance.