In the crazy Barclays Premier League, with itsamazing forwards, overblown scandals, tricky midfielders,heart breaking games, and hard-charging defenders, in the end, the solid and predictable team that won out. Manchester saved up all of it’s great plays and fire for the last game through this years up and down season.
United won their 20th English title on Monday, their 13th in the Premier League era and manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure. A Robin van Persie hat-trick against Aston Villa. The second of which was a spectacular volley from the edge of the box picked from mid-air and shot behind Brad Guzan so fast that not even the karate kid could’ve grabbed it from mid-air with his chop sticks.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini had been able to keep his sumpster fire squad in check last season, he wasn’t able to get the same results this time around. Sadly, the most combustible locker room in the sport was just too much for him this season. Mancini had no choice but to sell striker prodigy Mario Balotelli to AC Milan mid-season, and he wasn’t able to coax the stratospheric form out of playmakers David Silva and Samir Nasri that they had displayed last year. City just couldn’t match the fire of the rising Man U team.
It may well have been the easiest title for Man U. Because after they took first place late in the fall, no challenger ever materialized. Defending champions City were inconsistent to the point of being simply erratic, they looked like a hot mess on the field. Chelsea suffered through a second consecutive tumultuous year with yet another mid-season managerial firing.
The hat trick in this game was the most impressive play this spring. Man U will continue to steam roll through the season, with their trophy in hand. Well deserved, congratualtions Manchester united.