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United Claim 18th Title

Posted by Keano! on May 17, 2009

Manchester United yesterday confirmed their place as Premier League Champions for 2008/2009 and matched Liverpool’s long standing record of 18 league titles. Its United’s, Sir Alex Ferguson’s and Ryan Giggs 11th League title and before the celebrations were even beginning Sir Alex stated his desire to claim a 19th.

The honour was confirmed yesterday after the Champions drew at home to Arsenal 0-0 after a laboured performance. Arsenal threatened regularly, but Ronaldo came close on a few occasions along with United seeing a goal chalked offside in the second half wrongly after replays showed Ronaldo was level with Sagna.

The rain poured down on Old Trafford but as the final whistle blew, the sunshine broke out as United’s captain Gary Neville lifted the trophy high and began the celebrations. After the game the United man had this to say,

“It has been about our squad, and everybody has contributed. Whether they have played enough games to win a medal or not. Liverpool have finished in title-winning form but we have not panicked, we have fought hard and had to show some guts to win it this time.”

Wayne Rooney added another medal and honour to his growing list and all he is missing is an FA Cup triumph which he still rues and believes will come to him in time. He spoke of his delight at winning a third title in a row at a club where he has stated repeatedly that he wants to see his career out with,

United Celebrate 18th League Title

United Celebrate 18th League Title

“It was very important to wrap it up now, so we can prepare for the Champions League final and give the manager the option to rest players. It is amazing to have won three titles in a row, it is a great feeling. Liverpool pushed us al the way, has been a great season.”

After the game, an elated Ferguson couldn’t help but smiling at every aspect of the day and was itching to join the celebrations during a post match interview where he said,

“It was the longest ninety minutes in history. But we got there. There was only one save made in the match, by Edwin van der Sar with five minutes left. That tells you it was a cautious match.”

When asked about Liverpool’s strong challenge, Ferguson commented,

“Very good. Their players have done well. They won 4-1 here which was a travesty of a result because I didn’t think it was a 4-1 result. Nonetheless they got great impetus from that. I know it’s hard to defend a 4-1 defeat but I actually thought we played quote well in the game. But there you are, we lost four goals to long kicks, long passes and we didn’t recover, we lost the next game. That gave Liverpool the scent and they took the scent and credit to them as they battled away.”

And when a sneaky question about whether he could last 5 more years arose, the wily old Scot said with a smile,

Let’s pray. Let’s hope my health’s this good in five years.

The season isn’t over and the Champions are due a visit to the KC where a weakened side is expected as a trip to Rome to tackle Barcelona in the Champions League final is just 10 days away and United are on the verge of completing their second League and European double in as many years.

You can download all the trophy celebrations from Old Trafford courtesy of Futbol.

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Feel free to comment and leave your thoughts on United’s triumph.

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