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The crunch games that won the title for Manchest United

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

John Giles

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Not that many thought it was possible in mid-season but Manchester United once again stand kings of England after a record 19th league title.

As usual, there were a number of significant moments. But here, Press Association Sport picks out the five most important.

MAN UTD 3 LIVERPOOL 2 - September 19

Having already thrown away winning positions at Fulham and Everton, it appeared United were going to do it again when Steven Gerrard's double pegged back a two-goal lead at Old Trafford. But Dimitar Berbatov was not to be denied, heading a late winner to completing a first United hat-trick against Liverpool since 1946.

ASTON VILLA 2 MAN UTD 2 - November 13

United were still far from impressive and were truly awful at Villa Park as they fell two goals behind with barely any resistance. But Federico Macheda and Nemanja Vidic completed an unlikely comeback with goals in the final nine minutes. It still looked like a chance missed, until Chelsea were hammered by Sunderland at Stamford Bridge the following day and the title race was transformed.

BLACKPOOL 2 MAN UTD 3 - January 25

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Another of those famous comebacks as United roared into life at Bloomfield Road. Had Blackpool, already two goals ahead, got a penalty when Luke Varney went down under Rafael's challenge, there would have been no way back. But, not for the last time, Javier Hernandez made all the difference, coming on as substitute to inspire an amazing response, splitting two Berbatov efforts as United scored three times in 16 awesome minutes.

WEST HAM 2 MAN UTD 4 - April 2

Yet another day when it all seemed to be going wrong for Sir Alex Ferguson and his team. Two goals down at half-time, their title challenge looking far shakier than it had been for some time. Once again, Hernandez's introduction made the difference, although it was Wayne Rooney's hat-trick and ill-advised celebration, that made the headlines.

MAN UTD 2 CHELSEA 1 - May 8

A 15-point lead had been trimmed to three and hopes were high at Chelsea that they could get the win to make them favourites again. Hernandez wrecked that idea with a 36-second opener, the start of a first-half onslaught that also brought another Vidic goal. Frank Lampard pulled one back but the celebrations at the end were befitting of a team who knew the job was done.




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