Championes, Championes, ole ole ole, Championes, Championes, ole ole ole
Manchester United. 2013 Premier League champions. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Less than 12 months ago, United suffered the ultimate heartbreak but last night at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 endearing fans, those memories were put to bed in emphatic style.
It was a night to remember for all the right reasons. An infectious buzz was felt right from the first whistle and it didn’t take long for van Persie to turn that buzz into a roar by scoring after just two minutes.
And he followed it up with arguably the goal of the season – a first time over the shoulder volley from a 40 yard Rooney pass – before finishing his hat-trick just after the 30 minute mark to become the only player in United’s history to score an uninterrupted hat-trick.
The second half was merely a delay to the celebrations and when the final whistle blew, Old Trafford erupted. This title meant so much to everybody at the club for so many reasons.
For the players, it would of gone a long way to soothing the pain of last year’s heartbreak.
For those players who hadn’t won the title before – van Persie, Buttner, Cleverley, Kagawa, Welbeck, Jones, Young and De Gea – it means so much. They are winners now. They are champions. They have had the bitter taste of defeat and revelled in the glories of victory – which do you think they prefer?
For Ferguson, it was yet another case of taking back what is now rightfully his.
For the club, it puts City back where they should be.
In a way, the heartbreak of last season almost helped United in a roundabout fashion. Losing the title to City in such unceremonious circumstances was brutal. Would Ferguson have gone all out and signed van Persie and Kagawa if he had won the title? Debatable.
But what a response it has been. If United now win the last four games of the season, they will finish on a record breaking 96 points. Who could of expected such a turnaround in just one season?
Title number 20 secured with four games remaining. Manchester City’s bubble burst. Ferguson back on top. van Persie, Buttner, Cleverley, Kagawa, Welbeck, Jones, Young and De Gea all winning their first Premier League medals.
Power shift in Manchester – what power shift?